Blogger’s Quilt Festival – “Ziz” quiltimation in Art Quilts

Approximately 32″ square. Cotton fabric, cotton/bamboo batting, rayon thread. Machine embroidery, quilting, trapplique.

I’m submitting this in Art Quilts because there’s no “animation” category in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. 😉 I’m happy to have it in an online show, because you can easily see it animated:

Ziz quiltimation - animated quiltEach block of the quilt is a frame in the animated cycle above. I created the animation, exported as vector images which Theo Gray stitchcoded in Mathematica. Each block was stitched in 2 parts on our embroidery machine: first the Ziz (gryphon) figure, then the background. I cut out and applied the former to the latter and the machine “trappliqued” it down and did the echo pattern. Finally I zigzag stitched the blocks together, topstitched homemade bias tape over the seams, and bound it.


Author: Nina Paley

Animator. Director. Artist. Scapegoat.

11 thoughts on “Blogger’s Quilt Festival – “Ziz” quiltimation in Art Quilts”

  1. This is unreal! And definitely multi-media quilting. 🙂 I’ve never seen animation cels tackled this way – it’s really a remarkable piece.

  2. This deserves a nomination! At first glance it looks like it belongs in applique rather than art quilt, but this is practically a new art form in itself. This is the perfect venue to show it off, because the animation is so key to the artwork. The actual execution is on a level to do justice to the concept. I like how the marbled background translates to clouds and adds to the impression of running fast.

  3. Ooooh, I love this quilt! What a wonderful idea to do an animation cell quilt. I’ll have to show it to my brother. He used to be an animator for Disney. Bet he’d get a kick out of it too. You’d almost have to have an ipad near by to show the animation when hanging this in a quilt show. Just too fun! Will you make more animated quilts? What about two quilts hanging side by side that “speak” to each other?

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