Friday, April 18, 2014

RED TREES

This project was blogged about in March, so instead of providing all those links....I'll cover the highlights again.

I've completed another nature theme wall quilt.....a subject I've been concentrating on of late.
 I ice-dyed the background cotton fabric and love the results....however I was a bit concerned about the high energy level it presented.
 Adding red trees with similar shapes seemed to help settle it down. That fabric was cut from a piece of my deconstructed screen printed cotton fabric.  I don't do a lot of fusing in my work as I truly do prefer the look of hand work, but in this case I fused.  Machine stitching details were added to help anchor the motifs and to provide interest and texture.

Then for me, the fun part came next......many, many long evenings of hand embroidery!   

 I hadn't planned quite so much hand embroidery, however once I started....it became clear that the piece would benefit from more and more.











 RED TREES 17.5" X 14"
Artist hand ice-dyed cotton, deconstructed screen printed cotton, machine stitching, hand embroidered.  Edges clean finished with a facing.

To see what other quilters have been up to this week.....I'm linking to the following blogs....hop over for a visit.  Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday, Crazy Mom's Finish it up Friday, and Sara's Whoop, Whoop Friday

14 comments:

Wil said...

I like the red trees with the embroidery a lot. Well done!

Nina Marie said...

I really like this one! Trees are cool!

Windy Hill Happenings said...

This is a great piece...love all the handwork and beading...Great trees for the busy background.

Norma Schlager said...

I agree that the hand stitching adds a lot. I like it.

Linda M said...

Love the red trees, the shape, the embroidery they are just perfect.

Sylvia said...

I love this piece! I am fond of trees and love the way these play well with the background.

Kelly @ Sew With Kelly said...

Gorgeous as usual!!

Kathy said...

Great combination of colors and the stylised shapes are perfect for those colors! Love it.

Regina B Dunn said...

Very nice. I like how the fabrics play well with each other and how the varying shapes of the trees add variety. The stitching is very well done, too.

margaret said...

the ice dying has worked so well and yes a very nice finished piece

LA Paylor said...

the red trees really did tie it together. This has a haunting yet abstract quality.
LeeAnna Paylor

The Idaho Beauty said...

One of the things I love about hand-dyes of any kind is their ability to suggest depth and often landscape. This type of fabric does so much of the work for us, if we have eyes to see the suggested images. And you have those eyes. This is such an extraordinary piece - different, surprising in those red tree shapes, yet familiar as you pick out the landscape features in embroidery. Just love this!

Robbie said...

VERY nice!!!

Fort Worth Fabric Studio said...

Wow that really turned out amazing! Those red trees just kind of pull everything together! You did a lovely job on it!

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-Lindsey
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