Thursday, July 23, 2009

On the River Bank

I finished quilting this piece today and as you can see I have gone with just one bird. I moved it at the last minute and wish I would have stuck with my original position but I really don't want to take it off and redo it. I added a lot of detail to the plants with my fabric markers, paints and pastel pencils.

I like heavy quilting so click on the image to see a close up. I almost chickened out and used a stipple done with clear thread on the turquoise/green area (the river) but got brave and used a Superior Rainbow variegated turquoise thread and kind of made up a stitch. I really like it and it is much more interesting than just a plain stipple.

The bird is lightly stuffed so it stands out just a little. Some of the leave on the bright green plants have 3d leaves also. I have really noticed lately how detailed my work is. I would love to break out of this just a little but whenever I start a piece with the intent of keeping it simple I seen to go into a zone and can't help myself. Maybe the next piece........

11 comments:

Lindsey said...

Goodness gracious! Your work is incredible! I'm so glad I've found you by way of your comment on my blog...I wouldn't be a traditional quilter if I could do what you do....it's stunning...wow. Trust me...you don't want to know what Dear Jane blocks are! https://www.thatquilt.blogspot.com is the link if you want to look it up for kicks...can't wait to follow your work...Thanks for stopping by my world....(are you part of a guild in Atlanta/Marietta?...Thanks again, Lindsey

Dolores said...

You don't use just all cottons do you? I clicked on it and the browns looked a bit heavier. Perhaps if you want to loosen up and not be so detailed, how about doing a small 'quick' piece and giving yourself a limit on time spent on it. Some artists do that.

Sherry said...

This turned out great. Thanks for sharing the finished piece. Wise choices on the thread and quiting. Your work is simply amazing.

Michelle said...

stunning! I love the colors.

Judy Alexander said...

Delores, Thanks for the feedback. I did use 2 upholstery fabrics at the bottom for additional texture They are the browns. I'll have to try to set the timer on a piece!

Vivien said...

Excellent job! With all this stitching you've done, why don't you consider entering it into the Chandler Center for the Arts exhibit: Art Quilts XIV? Check out the blog http://www.sweeteasyfeeling.blogspot.com for the prospecus.

Vicki W said...

I think it's lovely and the rainbows thread is perfect on it.

Elizabeth Rosenberg said...

Wow, what a very beautiful piece of art! I agree with Vivien -- lots of admirers need to see this gorgeous art quilt. Enter it in the Chandler!

Debra said...

Wonderful piece! I understand your feelings about wanting to lighten up and then immediately getting into the zone; happens to me all the time.

Dotti said...

That one bird makes the whole piece pop! Beautiful and so textural!

wandar-wanda said...

Beautiful art work !!!