Friday, April 7, 2017

Fall Finish

This week, at last, a finish for the fall woodland scene. This is one of those that came from my head. No photo involved---although that would have been extremely helpful.

42" x 35"  The right-hand side was slightly in shadow when photographed.
This landscape will stay with me. It's the only one I've kept other than my very first, and it will hang in the same room, on the opposite wall.

Here are some (slightly blurry) closeups:



There's more than one deer here. I enjoyed somewhat camouflaging most of the creatures in this quilt.




And for the first time in a landscape, I used some of the decorative machine stitches on my Janome 8900. (Other than those, everything was stitched in free motion.) Here are a couple of bad closeups of those:






I enjoyed the quilting far, far more than the piecing--which gave me all kinds of headaches. At left is an in-process shot, showing many of the threads being used. Also shown are some of the paint markers that came in handy for touch-ups that are necessary when stitching landscapes. For example, crossing a skinny tree branch with the light-colored thread you're using to stipple the sky...hardly worth breaking thread for. After stitching, just darken that section of thread with a brown or gray or black marker, and immediately it blends in and disappears. Despite these shortcuts, there are still literally hundreds of stops and starts in this quilt.

Below is an idea that sped up my binding handwork a bit. A sock hanger from the department store worked great for reeling my thread off the spool and threading it through the needle at the same time. Just clamp a little binder clip on the open end to keep the spool from falling off.




Have a great weekend!

Linda

14 comments:

  1. Hello Linda,
    Your landscape quilt is so wonderful .... a really great job! I admire your great landscaping work.

    Greetings Klaudia

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  2. BEAUTIFUL! Love the detail and the animals.

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    1. Thank you! I love including my favorite critters in my quilts.

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  3. Wonderful finish! I can see why you want to keep this one for yourself. I think the ducks are my favorite critters. So much fine detail in this piece!

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    1. Thanks, Louise. I don't know why it never occurred to me to experiment with my machine's decorative stitches before!

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  4. Gorgeous and all that stitching! Your close up photos are so helpful. I can see why you want to keep this one. Thank you for sharing, Linda.

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    1. Thanks, Angie! I didn't bother with the tripod this time, so I'm amazed the photos came out okay. I always take multiple shots, and it's a good thing I do, because for every photo posted, I have to delete about 5 others. LOL

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  5. I'm so glad you took close-ups to share because I don't think I would have seen half the amazing little details if you hadn't. What a great mini quilt off the top of your head. Two thumbs up, as far as I'm concerned!!!

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    1. Thanks, Rhonda! Well, definitely not a mini in my book, at 42 x 35. It would have been a whole lot less of a headache. I haven't tried any mini ones yet, but will eventually.

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  6. Hi Linda, your quilt is absolutely stunning.

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  7. I know it annoyed you but it's spectacular!

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