Birch Tree Grove

I'm back to being artistic and adventurous with fabric... This is where I like to be... playing with colors and pretending that I know what I'm doing!
So... Here's my newest endeavor...

I have several landscape art quilt books that I've noted in previous posts. Both books advise to cut out shapes and use a regular glue stick to temporarily hold them on the background. Then you use invisible thread to attach permanently. Next you shade the tree trunk sides with oil pastels. Well... and this is where I usually get into trouble... I got to thinking... why attach with invisible thread and then shade with pastels... Why not shade and attach in one step. So, I used an irregular zig-zag stitch on my machine and stitched the left sides of the tree trunks with a dark poly thread and the right sides with a light gray poly thread... I love my results! I think it is shaded better than what I did on previous work with the oil pastels. And, I loved being able to thread sketch some definition into the trunks.

For the tree tops... Well I have a long way to go. But for now I'll say that rather than use the glue stick to attach I went back to fusing. AND... I cut the irregular shapes with my pinking shears! That was an incredible "ah, ha" for me.

 I'm going to fine tune the area; possibly bring the leaves lower on the trunks, and then start thread sketching details and layers. Scary thought... I don't want to be queen of the seam ripper again, so I may do some research on techniques and experiment on scraps... (What a novel idea!)  I also want to use the fabric markers and sketch in more tree trunks in the background so that it all looks more three dimensional.

That's it for now... I'm off to walk and then clean house.
Keep stitchin' for the ones you love!
Hugs from Mary


  1. I really like your birch trees. Interesting fabrics and technique. I enjoy thread sketching too.
    best from Tunisia,

  2. Thank you so much, Mary, for visiting my blog and your very kind comment about my work. I had to laugh at your "Queen of the Seam Ripper" joke. We are all just experimenting, after all.

  3. Your idea of using thread instead of colored pencil is absolutely spot on. This is looking great. I am anxious to see the next steps. Way to go.

  4. Beautiful, I am excited to see how this turns out.


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