whole cloth quilt
16" x 20"
Everything stopped and I had zero energy to do anything other then sleep. Feeling better but with half the month gone I re thought my ideas.When I was digging through my fabrics I came across a piece of painted fabric from some years back that was just about perfect for this. I set about with a new plan. I could stitch while I was recuperating. And here it is. Fairly true to the photo. Amazing when I consider that this fabric was painted years ago! I did some free motion stitching to set about the shapes of the rocks, water and land. The rest was done with hand stitching and cotton floss.
detail of the water.
the color is a bit of a teal blue. I stitched floss with blue, teal and a very green- blue green. French knots were added to suggest a bit of the whitewater. ( Ran out of time to add as many as I wanted ).
detail of the dirt.
I wasn't too thrilled with the orange free-motion stitching for the plant material on the upper layer so I added a bit of embroidery. Adding running stitches (kantha) with lots of earthy colors to give it a bit more oomph. I may go back at some point add add a bit more, but it would also be fine as is.
detail of the rocks.
The rocks were fun to do.They are also my favorite layer of this quilt. After doing the free motion stitching with the machine I added some lighter shading with oil pastels to give the rocks more depth. Then filling in the spaces between them with french knots in various shades of floss.
As with all the different layered areas I could have kept on adding stitches but time ran out! The good thing about this piece is that I can always go back and add more later.
I finished the edges with a facing. It is not quite squared. I like that. A bit of an organic tilt. I think this would have been a great one to use Nellies edge finishing with yarns. Perhaps next time!