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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.