A quick post. My sister and I will celebrate Easter a little early with lunch out and a dirt-and-pansy run to a nursery in Gloucester. The birches above were my imitative attempt to use Natalie Sewell‘s techniques to create depth and realism (see entry about Improv Quilting class, two posts ago). The birches are fabric strips (two different), with white acrylic paint highlighting the mid-sections, and black or silver sharpies (plus a few teeny fabric scraps) adding shading and detail.
Before I head north, C. has his annual check up (the fourth appt of the week). As an 18 year old, I will have to have him sign a HIPAA and place it in his record, so that health care providers can share information with me (his mother!!!!). Another sign of his growing up. (P.S. That little pre-schooler in the heart above? Is now 16!!)
This tower was assembled without background and lounging in the studio until last week, when I pieced it up to demonstrate how to integrate ground/sky/structure. I really love this little piece, thankfully, because I am in a phase of resistance and loathing with almost everything else I am working on (well, those large Middle Passage pieces to be precise!).
Improv quilting note — if one is including heavy weight fabrics, sometimes the direction of pressing will be determined by the fabric’s weight, rather than where one wishes the emphasis to go. With this little tower, I would have pressed all the diagonal orange seams TOWARDS the roof if I were working with all quilting cottons, which would have emphasized the roof, making it pop a little. Instead, because that orange upholstery fabric was so thick, I had to press toward the blue.
Tomorrow, I will post student Tree Projects. We had fun and each of the three of us came up with totally different studies, which to me, is a sign that creativity is happening!
Oh, Dee. I LOVE those birches. Just plain spectacular! I love the flowers around their base, and the fabric in the background, too. How big is the piece?
wow. that first tree image is awesome.
Hello Lisa and Serena! thanks for commenting. The birch is small – about the size of a piece of paper…