I got invited to display some of my quilts in a local exhibit starting on May 15. I wanted to make something completely new for it, and I had a lot of really beautiful hand-dyed fabrics, so I decided to make a landscape quilt.
The view on the quilt is inspired by bits and pieces of the scenery we saw in New Hampshire while we were there in the fall, although I chose to depict summer instead of fall. I used hand-dyes and batiks for the main fabric choices, but the leaves and the flowers in the foreground are cut from three different Japanese fabrics.
I didn’t like the colors of the leaves, so I hand-colored them with Prismacolor colored pencils, then heat-set the colors with an iron. I also used Shiva paintsticks to add iridescent snow to the mountain peaks, darker green in the foreground and some really lovely highlights on the water of the lake. These oil paints in solid form have to dry for there days, then they, too, can be heat-set to make them permanent. Today, I am going to heat set the oil paints and then sew on a border/frame. Then I can get the backing and batting together and start quilting it!
I’ll post pictures when it is finished!
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