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Creating a Landscape Quilt

Kelly Drive

kelly drive

I have a collection of beautiful photos taken by my husband, Rod, during his early morning bike rides along Kelly Drive.  One, in particular, caught my eye so I recently created it into a landscape quilt.

I traced the the photo into a rough line drawing in my Sketches App on my iPad then expanded it into the size I needed in Photoshop and printed it out on my home printer.

kelly drive - line drawing

kelly drive - background

This gave me the right proportions for creating my background on which to create the landscape.  The shadows caught my eye so I created some of them by using various shades of hand dyed fabric for the path and grass.

kelly drive chees cloth

I had taken Mary Pal’s Cheese Cloth Explorations Online Class so I painted the cheese cloth as per her instructions and coaxed the pieces into tree shapes on a piece of Dura-Lar taped over my line drawing.  I used a diluted mix of Jungle Glue which made the cheese cloth stiff when dry but still pliable enough to stitch through.

kelly drive trees

I auditioned the trees by holding up the Dura-Lar in front of the background – looked good to go.  I eventually had to slice a piece of the cheese cloth out so my lamp post could nestle smoothly in between the threes.  The cheese cloth is very 3-D.

kelly drive wall stones

I added the tree trunks and didn’t realize until later that some of them were lamp posts.  No problem:  I fused gray fabric over the mistaken trunks while I was quilting later.  I found a piece of translucent silk which blended nicely with the black arch for the bold stones in the upper right of the piece.

kelly drive vines

I added more opaque fabric print to the trees to better eliminate the transparency.  I also added the painted salt and scale on the stones.  I intentionally quilted the large stones of the arches with only their outlines since I liked the dimensional quality left by the unquilted squares and rectangles. I also added more shadows across the pathway, grass and roadway with a slate colored marker.

I used Evolon paper for the vines hanging down over the arch and painted it a lighter color than in the actual photo.  I wanted more of a contrast with the black and a compliment to the warmth of the leaves.

kelly drive grass

The quilting of the grass was an intense experience.  I am not usually one who likes a lot of microquilting but this seemed to call for it.  I took a nap after that section!

kelly drive back

I always like to flip the quilt and see what the back looks like.  It’s always another interesting work of art in itself.  The fabric I used for the back was a black and gray version of the old fossil fern print.  Can you believe that fabric is still around?  It’s a winner.

I faced the quilt for a clean finish and you may see the listing here.

kelly drive

Creating this quilt was, as usual, a process of finding challenges and figuring out ways to overcome them.  I enjoyed the process very much!

If you are interested in taking a landscape quilting class you may check out my offerings here.

You may also be interested in joining a group of supportive like minded people who love to quilt in my Facebook Group.  Just ask to join and answer a few questions.



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