17 April 2009

Blogger Quilt Festival - My Favourite Quilt

Just came cross The Blogger Quilt Festival. I think this is a nice idea, read more about it by clicking on the icon below.

So here is my entry for The Blogger Quilt Festival:

nimmermehr quilt "palimpsest"

200 mm x 260 mm
silk, yarn, wadding, ink

I made this quilt in 2008 and there were many things going on at once. It was an experimental piece, I used different techniques and was very pleased with the way it finally came all together. The quilt was part of my Diploma work and it is in fact part of a series.


The main theme was vulnerability. The poem on the right is taken from Goethe's Faust - it is one of the most beautiful poems I know. Gretchen, a young girl, is describing how she feels, when she realizes that she has fallen in love and given her heart away.
I did digital printing on silk, by using my ink jet printer. The poem was actually a scan of a old book page and this is the reason for calling it palimpsest as other words shine through. The image on the left is a scan of an old medical book that used to belong to my great grandmother, who was a midwife.

I used to do life drawing and transfered one of my drawings onto the fabric by using an ordinary sewing machine to embroider the figure.

While I stiched pieces of fabric together things started to make sense, and I can still see all the thoughts and work that went into it.

Thanks for reading - feel free to leave a comment.

You can see more of my work on my website.

Blog entry about the Quilting workshop in Kosovo here.


  1. This piece is so interesting. It really makes me feel something...nice work!

  2. I love this piece. Very emotive! and highly original.

  3. Your work is amazing! There are so many textures, though you used only a few materials. Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. Love this piece -- the long thread tails feel like surgery stitches to me :-)

  5. Wow! It's really amazing, it draws me in. Thank you for sharing :)

  6. So interesting....wonderful piece
    I love to experiment as well you just never know where it will lead.
    Enjoy the festival

  7. Your quilt is wonderful. I love all of the thought that went into each piece of the image. The sketching with thread adds so much. I look forward to seeing your website!

  8. Such an interesting piece - especially when you explain the different components. Thanks for sharing!

  9. glad you included the close up photos. very interesting details.

  10. Your Work is amazing. I love your work on your web site also. Very inspirational. Thank you for sharing