"The Swing" - Barbara
20 Inches X 20 Inches
Raw-edged fused applique
Organic line machine quilted
Permanent fabric marker
Acrylic fabric paint
When I saw Libby's photo I was struck by the park setting. It brought back memories of my childhood when I went to the park and some of the old "equipment" was still there including a swing hanging from a tree branch. So I chose to take the liberty of adding that into my interpretation.
After creating a background I fused a hand drawn tree to it. I was not totally happy with it but I thought the blossoms would add what it needed.
After the snippet blossoms were added and some texture to the tree, I was not happy with the path and all the pieces in the shadow area. I took them out and painted in a light shadow with acrylic fabric paint. I felt the tree trunk looked too thin and ungrounded, so I added thickness & texture to the trunk and an extra branch. Finally, for depth I added some larger whole blossoms to the tree to bring them closer to the viewer.
I used a fine fabric permanent marker to add the stamens in the center of the flowers. Once I was happy with this the swing went on and the piece was quilted with organic line quilting. I went back and used a brown fabric marker to color over the off white thread as it crossed the tree. Then I fused what I call a
binding/border. It is wider than a binding and the bottom is not straight but instead becomes part of the landscape. Then I finished fusing in the very bottom of the trunk adding some roots to anchor the tree.
The last step was quilting the binding/border to the piece. Once again I enjoyed working on this piece especially since the timing for a springtime quilt was just perfect!