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If you recall, I am doing a landscape art quilt along. For those of you who have always wanted to make a landscape quilt, this is a great chance to see how I do it, and to try it yourself. This method is not new or proprietary, and I learned many of the steps from other teachers through the years. But I think it helps to go slowly step by step through the whole process. If this is your first time, you should pick a much simpler subject and photo to work from.
Ok so here’s the one I chose, and it is very complex- so complex that I am not cutting up the freezer paper pattern and using the pieces as templates, like I usually do. Also, I’m too lazy to trace the whole thing so I have another pattern to work from.
If I’ve already lost you, go back and read the previous blog posts about the quilt along.
So instead of cutting up the freezer paper pattern, I opted to use my light box and trace the pattern onto the fabric itself. Also, I can trace any future painting lines at the same time- like the branches of the vines. I use a light pencil line on light fabrics and a white Bohin pencil on dark fabrics like this one. I used a piece of hand dyed blackish fabric I made last summer. This is what it looks like after tracing with the light box turned off.
The next step is to place my marked fabric piece on top of my teflon sheets and put Misty Fuse on the back.
Esterita Austin taught me this great tip: after fusing you often have leftover bits of fusible on your sheet, which WILL get onto any future fabric. Use a plastic kitchen scrubby to scrape it off. Here I have used black Misty Fuse.
And I have placed and pinned those black strips where they belong on the background fabric. There is some more foliage and one of the columns done too.
Moving along, I have added the dark beams, and some more sky.
Always willing to lend a paw, my studio assistant, Huey, is always at the ready.
I decided to fuse a large piece of limey green to put behind the beams. Much of this will be painted or covered with wisteria flowers so, it won’t stay this bright. Still, I like the strong value contrast so far. The lighter pillars and beams are made with a really yucky hand dye I made, which really looks like mossy stone. After several hours of cutting, marking, fusing and pinning, it’s beginning to look like something.
If you would like to try your hand at this process, try picking a flower or plant, a very simple beach scape, or a simple cityscape. It’s fun and a great stress buster! Be sure to ask me any questions as they come up, ok?
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Roxane is a full time studio textile artist, teacher, and author, with two girls, who are both growing up too fast! She recently appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has taught at the Houston quilt show. She is also a BERNINA ambassador. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions. For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.
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