Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Colorful Landscape" quilt challenge

I'm taking a break from the wool appliqué to get back to what I used to do -- abstract quilts with hand-painted fabric.

STITCH has issued a challenge to make a 22x33 vertical quilt with the theme "Colorful Landscape" for this year's library show. So I pulled out some fabric that I painted years ago that reminded me of a landscape.

I generally use Setacolor by Pebeo fabric paint on white cotton and water it down so it runs around on the fabric and creates interesting patterns.

Then I free-motion quilted it, mainly following the patterns made by the paint.

The top photo shows an orientation that reminds me of rolling hills covered with wildflowers under a blue sky. I think that's the orientation I'll use. 

The bottom photo flips it upside down to look like water (with a bump in the middle) under a sunset.

Next I'll put on the binding, after I make a Starbucks run.

And speaking of landscapes and water, Dave was out kayaking this weekend with two friends. The sun is slowly creeping back and the days are getting longer!

Have a colorful day


Robbie said...

wow!! I loved the landscape piece but then saw the 'water' piece/orientation...geez, now I can't decide!!! Maybe the water best???? Either will be wonderful!!

The Idaho Beauty said...

I bet that felt a little strange working with the cotton and stitching at the machine after so much wool felt and hand stitching. But it is beautiful and a quick way to get back into the art quilting. I agree with the first orientation. Such a lovely piece.

I can't believe how quickly the daylight is lengthening. Makes me wonder if I was complaining too much in the dark days of winter. ;-)

Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

Both ways are lovely, and I'm glad you are getting more daylight & hopefully sunlight! I was in Sedona with Cinde yesterday, and we walked the trail to see Cathedral Rock and Oak Creek... lovely! We plan to go back again in the fall when the leaves are turning. Hope to get some beautiful pix then.

Julia DesertSpring said...

I like the blue sky orientation, too. Good to see you quilting again!