The quilts are pretty different in style. The first is based on two photographs I took of a forsythia bush in my backyard in the fall of 2011. I don't think I had ever before noticed the beautiful colors of forsythia in the fall, always being distracted by the red-orange of the sugar maples.
The quilt background is a commercial batik that I over-painted with diluted transparent fabric paints I had purchased from Pro Chemical & Dye. I went over with the paint numerous times--many days--until I had all the shading and color changes done to my satisfaction.
I used my walking foot to quilt the entire background because I'm not very good at free-motion quilting.
Next, I selected certain leaves from the two photos, whited out the backgrounds, and printed on silk fabric sheets, 8 1/2 x 11, purchased from Dharma Trading. I used a variety of silks that would reflect the light in different ways, as they did in real life. Each leaf was made into an individual little quilt that was attached to the quilt along a stem I had crocheted. Probably the biggest challenge was placing the leaves into a pleasing, artistic arrangement. I wanted them to be most like the top photo.
Here's the finished quilt:
Forsythia in the Fall
The other quilt is also reminiscent of one of my fall photographs, but much looser in interpretation.
I used pieces I had made in a class with Karen Eckmeier, pieces that I didn't like, although I liked the process. It was just that I had picked colors I didn't like. I cut these up into squares, put them together with other squares, and came up with the stream in the woods. I was inspired to make blocks with skinny lines that I learned about in a Carol Taylor class. However, I wanted wider lines, so I cut the inserts larger and somewhat on the bias so they would curve more readily. There is a bit of beading along the curved quilting lines.
The photo I had taken years ago in Madison, CT, of tall oaks, a stream, and rocks is represented here.
I call the quilt Tomorrow May Be Too Late because I had the blocks in my UFO pile for a pretty long time before I decided I'd better use them while I was still alive and kicking.