The Art Quilt Begins

The first sketch represents willow branches which I intend to do over the base that I’ve begun. The initial sketch was about 6” x 10” so I ended up enlarging it by hand to size. Still not sure how I’ll execute it. (For this project, I’ve done more planning and documenting than I’ve ever done in my entire life!) Initially I thought about thread painting but I think I’ll probably fuse bits of my dyed fabric and overstitch them in place.  I will add willow leaves to the branches.  I took some pics when there were still no leaves so I could see the structure of the tree and I ended up taking just a quarter section for this piece.  But then I went back to see them blossoming and was surprised to see that the leaves were coming in all yellow, so I’ll have a mix of yellow and green leaves. Then I drew a pattern by tracing some of the branch lines onto a sheet of plastic so you will see few of the stitch lines. The background will be, more or less, an abstract landscape that I hope will make the viewer feel that they’re perceiving the land and water behind it. I altered the pattern as I went along because of the difficulty of sewing curved lines precisely but I chose the curves for their organic look and feel.

The following photos are what I have done so far. There’s still a way to go. The last pic is definitely NOT staying but I feel that I should show the error of my ways as well as what I did right. I have to get some more silk to dye, though, because I used up what I had for this section whether I like it or not. This is just par for the course for me.

First Row.jpgMore pattern adjusting. Yes, I had to rip out a lot of stitches before I got it right, throughout the whole thing.Adjusting Patterns.jpgTwo Rows.jpgDon't Think So.Although I really like the bottom section, it simply doesn’t work for this quilt. Maybe the next quilt will begin with this bottom!  More to come!





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About turtlemoonimpressions

The natural world is phenomenal and so much of the man-made world - our architecture, our cities - are stunning accomplishments. They exist hand in hand in both beautiful expressions and sometimes disastrous manifestations. Our entire existence with the natural and the invented is intertwined – each dependent on the other, even as my art evolves, each breathing in the wake of the other. Surface design is one aspect of the process that I love. I thoroughly enjoy the play with color, value and construct, particularly the improvisation which starts with one thing, an idea, a glimpse of a vision, perhaps something that captures my eye for a moment in time and it grows organically. I become focused on whatever piece I'm working on and follow my muse to find my way.

2 thoughts on “The Art Quilt Begins

  1. arlee

    Lovely as the colours are, that bottom does jar a bit—-a good start for something else, as you said. I like the calmness of the pieced sections, dreamy and inwards looking



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