Tuesday, May 18, 2010

"Layer Upon Layer" technique

Whether used on a garment or a quilt, Scott A. Murkin’s “Strata Quilts: Layer Upon Layer” technique, published in the May 2008 issue of American Quilter magazine, is a wonderfully creative process. This spectacular layered organza and cotton gown (modeled by Tina Cherry in the 24th Annual AQS/Hobbs Bonded Fibers Fashion Show & Contest in Paducah) was designed by Ahuva Libman using Scott’s technique. It won the fashion show Viewers’ Choice award.

Ahuva, who lives in Mazkeret-Batia, Israel, calls her creation “The Beauty of Color.” Inspired by her own affection for color, Ahuva beautifully layered fabrics and colors, creating a feeling of lightness and romanticism. The dress is machine sewn and free-motion embroidered using metallic threads. It is embellished with Swarovski® crystals.

Ahuva has made traditional quilts for many years, but has become fascinated by the possibilities of quilted fashion from the basics to complete design. Her garments, inspired by the surroundings of her small rural home in Israel, are exhibited in shows throughout Europe.

Want to try Scott’s technique? AQS members can access the article online at www.AmericanQuilter.com. Sign in with your Login name and password, then click on Articles in the drop-down menu of the Site Search feature in the upper right corner of the home page. Type Murkin in the box and click on the magnifying glass icon to see a list of available articles by this author. Click on the article you want to open, and then click on Download Attached PDF of Pattern.