Sunday, October 16, 2016

Whimsical Landscape - Oregon Mountain

Wold Quilting Travel Adventure
with JoJo Hall
I'm on a World Quilting Travel Adventure with  JoJo Hall. The fun started in September. We will be visiting a different place every month and then making a souvenir from that destination based on  JoJo's design.

Our first destination was Oregon, where  JoJo lives. She posted a whole bunch of interesting facts about Oregon. Then, if we registered for a passport, we received a pattern of Mount Hood with the lake in front of it. It's a really beauty.


Here's a picture of  JoJo's quilt.

Jojo Hall's quilt of Oregon.
 JoJo's original pattern was very large, so I made it my usual landscape art quilt size, about 8" x 12". This size was much more manageable since I was in the middle of working on my Art with Fabric blog hop quilt.

I really wanted to have fun with this project, so I started digging into my scrap bag for something to play with. I found the black fabric with yellow polka dots and knew that it would give the project a whimsical feel.
Picking fun fabrics from my scrap bag
Picking fun fabrics from my scrap bag
I didn't love the fabrics, but I knew that I wanted to do some serious embellishing, which meant that a lot of the fabric wouldn't really show that much.
Sparkling tulle over the mountain top
Sparkling tulle over the mountain top

I wanted to add something to make the snow cap stand out a little. I added sparkling tulle over the white fabric and then back stitched with white embroidery floss to attach it. The easiest way to do this is to use a larger piece of tulle, stitch it in place and then cut the excess. 


Next I added embellishment to the fields at the bottom of the mountain (no lake in my landscape). I really like adding embellishment, and since I was going for whimsical, I went all out. I embroidered using all types of chunky wool. When the wool was too heavy to embroider, I just couched it.

Adding embellishment
Adding embellishment 
I also covered some of the flower fabric that I really didn't like with tulle to mute it. Do you recognize the row of daisies? I've had that in my sewing supplies since I was probably 12 years old! My girlfriend had some when she was younger too!

I finished by adding a few beads and buttons to the project. I even found a small airplane to add in the sky!

Whimsical Landscape - Souvenir of Oregon
Whimsical Landscape - Souvenir of Oregon
I had a great time making this souvenir from Oregon. I didn't follow JoJo's pattern very much. One day when I have the time and energy, I'd like to make one more like her's. It really is beautiful.

What I learned:

  • I was so keen to get this blog up that I forgot about What I learned! That's the first time - I think it was also a result of being tired and (gasp!) too much quilting :-)
  • I really need to get more of these types of playful quilts done. It seems that when they are small and done for fun, then I not only have fun, but I learn and am not afraid of making mistakes because ultimately it doesn't matter. That is very liberating!
Join JoJo Hall on a World Quilting Travel Adventure. The destination for October is Hawaii, Our souvenir is very nice - check it out. Hopefully I'll be making something fairly soon. JoJo also featured my quilt on her post! How cool is that???!

I'll be linking this post to some linky parties. Check out what others are up to! Oh Scrap! MOP Monday, Monday Making, Main Crush Monday, Fabric Tuesday, Linky Tuesday, Let's Bee Social, Midweek Makers, Needle and Thread Thursday, and Off the Wall Friday


15 comments:

  1. I love seeing your version of Mount Hood. You did a lovely job. Thanks for sharing it with Oh Scrap!

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    1. Hi Cynthia, thanks for the comment and, for hosting the Oh Scrap linky parties.

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  2. Andrée, it is awesome! I love it. Thank you for travelling and collecting souvenirs with me.

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    1. Thanks JoJo. I'm having fun. Thanks so much for doing this.

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  3. This piece is so great! I love the care that you took in each single little detail! Inspiring!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Alida. It seems that I love making whimsical pieces that are more about play than serious art - I think I need to take it all less seriously :-)

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  4. That is such a fun idea, and you get souvenirs! :) You did a great job on your quilt; thanks for sharing it on MCM!

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    1. Hi Beth, it's been a lot of fun and very low key - and we got to learn about different places. Thanks!

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  5. What a great project - very creative! Thank you for sharing it on Midweek Makers

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  6. Love your landscape mini quilt! Your embellishments are works of art! Lovely!

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  7. Sounds like you're on a GREAT travel adventure. Happy sewing!

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    1. Thanks Beth. Now I need to make the great Hawaii lai hair wrap!

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  8. Awesome finish, Andree! How great that you used those daisies!

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