Friday, September 6, 2019

Love those landscapes

     The landscapes that I am familiar with- local to me and the Adirondacks, inspire me continually to paint and sew.  I never tire of them. I have never been able to capture them in fabric in a large scale like some as Ruth McDowell has. It eludes me. So, my landscapes in fabric are small. Some of the problem is I hate fusibles as I think the fabric looks like paper when quilted. I also grit my teeth at raw edge because it looks annoying unfinished and unraveling to me. So, to make pieced landscapes has been a tough road for me. 
    Starting Sept. 1st, I am in a show at Fox Run, a gallery in a continuum of care facility in Orchard Park, NY. I need to make new work and have spent the last month rushing to do it. See mess below.
     Using small strips of blue batiks cut into columns and resewn, I created a sky that would not be just a blue hunk of color, but the dynamic differences of tones in the sky. Then, I cut the landscape hills and ironed the top edge under and layered the fabrics.

     All of the landscape hills have been blindstitched with tiny stitches of monofilament (Bernina 830) and  excess fabric trimmed from back.   I tried a whole range of choices for the background after binding. I needed to cover an 18 x 18 canvas for the mounting.

     I chose this one and mounted the landscape after stapling the background fabric to the prestretched canvas (coupon at Joanns). I sewed the landscape at the corners using monofilament thread with a button behind on the canvas to distribute the pull of the threads and make it easier if I have to remove the quilt. 
     Here is Summer Wonder.
Color is off, but the whole canvas look.
     I ordered a new camera (yikes) and am working at getting better lights on stands, so hopefully my photos will be truer to the real colors.


Debbie said...

Wonderful. You really got the depth with values in the landscape, which is so hard to do. I have used this technique and it really creates a mess, doesn't it. Much success with the show. Love how you mounted this.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

Landscapes are hard for me but you did a beautiful job on yours.

The Joyful Quilter said...

LOVE it!!! I try to coax landscape quilts out of my sewing machine. Alas, they are few and far between. Yours in SEW peaceful looking!

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

That's really pretty!! Your sky is a wonderful mix of values - and your rolling hills are beautiful!! I've been thinking about doing a "confetti" landscape - but I don't know if I'll be able to pull it off - should have fun trying, though - ;))

Anonymous said...

Lovely, the sky is very atmospheric. And the receding into the distance of the hills is so effective. Congratulations.


Mystic Quilter said...

Wonderful job!! Your landscape is beautiful and I love the size.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

That is so beautiful and all the backgrounds give it a different effect! Love waht you chose!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Very nice. I don't really like fusibles either, except on a few small projects.

photo retouching said...

There’s nothing worse than missing a post because your job is wonderful! Your landscape is awesome! Needed to stay always as I’ll be checking through the other one.