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Welcome back to the landscape quilt along.
This week I more or less finished fusing the pieces onto my background. I gave it a light pressing. The nice thing about Misty Fuse is that if I change my mind about any piece, I can still peel it up and replace it with something else. Then I can re-press everything down for a more permanent bond.
There is a lot of painting to be done on this quilt. I need to put in shadows and highlights and other details. I usually do my painting with Pro Fab Textile paints, but this time I thought I would try drawing in the branches and shadows with my new Derwent Paintsticks.
I am just using them without any fabric medium for now to rough in the branches. You can shave off bits of color with an Exacto blade and mix those in with your fabric medium to create a paint. But I also like using them like a pastel stick. I’m pretty sure I will be using a lot of stitching to enhance those branches too. I may add some more 3-D branches at the bottom of the tree. Once I get those in, I can figure out how I’m going to do the wisteria flowers…
This is where the painting in “textile painting” comes in! There is still much to do, but I will be posting updates on further painting as I add to it. This week the heat has overcome Huey, and he could really care less, as you can see.
In other news, I’m sad to say that Marilyn, the owner of Bernina World of Sewing in Raleigh, has passed. She gave me my first shot at teaching my art quilting classes in her store, and was always kind to everyone. We used to talk about our knitting projects too, since we both loved to knit too. She was always encouraging and upbeat, and she will be greatly missed! Please join me in sending prayers and thoughts to her family and staff.
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