Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Heron Quilt

So far this summer has been full of activity, very little of it landscape quilting. But in late spring one had been started on the design wall--using, of all things, one of those "ugly" skies I painted...

...and a heron I sketched. More about him in a moment.

Some hills and trees had been auditioned...

as were boulders and other elements not shown here, including a boat and an eagle.

The heron and the smaller elements were temporarily removed so that the background could be basted and quilted more easily.

After eight weeks of yardwork and a couple of other projects, work was begun on designing the heron's feathers. There are now 8 discarded sketches and tracing paper all over the place. One keeper as of yesterday, not shown here.

I did stitch out two of the discarded designs as practice/test pieces, using different yellow/gold threads, with tracing paper on top.

It quickly became apparent that ordering some Golden Threads Quilting Paper would be a good idea, as the tracing paper was a bit difficult to remove. In the last photo, much of the tracing paper is still on--after all, it was practice only, so I abandoned the effort.

The Golden Threads paper was delivered Saturday, so tracing the final design on it will be the next step, and then stitching it out on batted fabric, later to be appliqued.

Happy mid-summer or mid-winter, depending on your hemisphere!


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Ugly Hand-painted Fabric BEFORE Cutting...

 These 3 "before" photos should have been included in my most recent post (you'll have to scroll down to the "after" photos; for some reason Blogger isn't allowing me to close up that space)...

I mean, seriously ugly!!...although, believe it or not, I'm using the one at top right in a landscape now.
Go figure!

Used way too much water on this one--
AND transferred the paper-towel pattern
when I blotted the excess water!
This was a "scrunch" experiment...interesting
but impossible to use in a landscape.

Not sure where the "before" of that purple one is

And here are the "after" photos...

These will be used in mini-landscapes (or by my granddaughter)

Love these!

Really glad I finally cut these up!

Have a great weekend!


Saturday, April 10, 2021

Ugly Hand-painted Fabric...What to Do?

A few years ago, I tried painting my own sky fabric, then tried painting an earth piece as well. The sky pieces mostly turned out okay (some doubled as water) and were used in these landscape quilts...

...but the earth piece did not turn out well, and it has now joined the rejected sky pieces in a strip-cutting bonanza---because what else do you do with ugly fabric???

And suddenly, they don't look so ugly.

Should have done this ages ago! Have a great weekend.


Sunday, March 28, 2021

The Loch Tower

Last week it was a finish for The Loch Tower, 26" x 49". (Closeup photos further below--click on any to enlarge.)

The entire background was quilted first, without a backing, to cut down on drag weight at the machine.


Pieced separately, the tower was also quilted separately around each stone, then blocked before being appliqued to the background. (See small photo of the tower back, below left. The stabilizer behind the batting was not removed.)

The photo below shows (somewhat) the dimensionality given by the extra layer of batting behind the tower.

After gluing the tower to the quilted top, the backing was basted on, then firmly attached with additional lines of quilting in various places.

More photos of the finished quilt:

Happy spring (or autumn in the southern hemisphere) everyone!