Monday, December 19, 2011

A little progress

I have been working on this off and on for the last few weeks. Progress has been slow with all of the holiday prep going on. I think I am also suffering from a little project fatigue. This thing is really big and still sooooo much to do.

I spent several hours glue basting before I could start working on the water. Then I spent about 2 days creating the water fall. I really enjoy this part since water is a real challenge and something I find very satisfying.

As you saw in my previous post, I use chalk to sketch out the flow of the water. The next step is to put down the base water fabric and chalk in the flow again. I spend a lot of time contemplating what I want to do and redrawing the flow helps me through this process. The flowing water is created using angle hair, batting and very thin sheets of Angelina fibers that I rip into small shreds. The angle hair is made of spun glass so I wear gloves while working with this. The water still needs a layer of tulle over it to keep it all in place. When I quilt the water I will follow the flow of the falls with clear thread and then maybe use a few metallic threads for highlights.

I also added this small tree to the right of the falls. These are the kind of details that get me in trouble since I can literally spend hours rearranging leaves and branches and will probably do more work on this tree when I look at it again.

Here is a closeup of the foliage. I used 3 different greens and you can see from the picture that nothing is glued down yet. Te create leaves I cut a hunk of fabric and use a snipping motion with small sharp scissors while turning the fabric in different directions to get a more natural look. The amount of holes I cut in the fabric varries depending on how dense I want the leaves to appear. This makes a really big mess on the floor but that is part of the fun. I'll keep plugging away and keep you updated.


Frances Arnold said...

I love the is so realistic!!!

Crooked Gulley Art Quilts - Mary Couch said...

Unbelievable! The water is exquisite. Will the waterfall have a three dimensional look or will the tulle make it more flat?
You are just magical with fabric.
Christmas hugs from Mary

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Judy. This is a huge project--no wonder you only work on it a little at a time. Your water effects are amazing--well the whole piece is amazing!
Happy holiday stitching!
best, nadia

Crooked Gulley Art Quilts - Mary Couch said...

Would love to see more of this beautiful piece. How are you coming along with it???
Hugs from Mary