Thursday, December 20, 2012

I've just finished two wall hangings. 

This first one is for my niece who has a cabin at Lake Tahoe. As you explore around the lake you will see clumps of Aspen, which are a beautiful sight in the fall. I relied on my memory of the aspens to create this art quilt. It is a modified confetti method.



This piece measures about 16X28". I used a batik background and drew in shadowy trees with a black sharpie. The aspen trunks are Stonehenge marble fabric. I also used some fine point pens to draw in details of the bark. I used a black thread to do an uneven zig-zag on the left side of the trunks to create a shadow and give dimension. 

The leaves are done with another Stonehenge marble. I cut pieces with pinking shears. I used a  basting spray on the background fabric and then laid the leaf sections on the tacky surface. To make sure it was all secure, I overlaid a dark gray netting and then zig-zagged the edges of the leaves with gold metallic thread.

This next art quilt is contemporary in design. I did not use a pattern.








 The ginkgo leaves I made by using the needle lace technique. I used a water soluble background and the gray netting. The oak leaf is three dimensional because I used an iron on interfacing and then turned it to reveal the clean edge. All of the decorative free motion is done with silver metallic thread. I chose the colors you see because it is a gift for a friend's daughter whose living room is Tiffany blue, silver and gray.  


I'm still working on the Italian Adventure bedspread. A true work in progress! I'll post pictures of that after Christmas.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Hugs from Mary

3 comments:

  1. I love the tree one very much beautiful!
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    1. Thanks, Karin... Merry Christmas to you and thanks for visiting my blog.
      Hugs from Mary

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  2. Gorgeous nature quilts :) Thanks for sharing your techniques - I SO want to make quilts like this someday. I recently had the opportunity to visit South Lake Tahoe and it's just gorgeous. The redwoods and aspen just took my breath away - and the pinecones are huge! I really love how you framed both pieces and your color choices, especially in the slightly contrasting binding. All the colors are just lovely :)

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