Monday, August 06, 2018

August OMG - Funky Landscape

I like participating in Elm Street Quilts’ One Monthly Goal (OMG) because it helps me review my commitments for the month as well a sorting out details such as what and when I will post.

Funky Mountain Landscape

I first mentioned this project on February 4th of this year. My famous last words "My goal for To-Do Tuesday this week is to start on this quilt by auditioning fabrics. If it's going to be a funky landscape, I'm thinking that some colourful batiks could be cool." At least I can say that it will be batiks but my schedule is a little off....I started looking at fabrics last week!

Here’s the photo that I’m using. It was taken on a trip to British Columbia a few years ago.

British Columbia mountain landscape

My biggest problem was, and still is, to make it funky or more abstract rather than realistic. From what I’ve read in art books, it would seem that I’m not the only one to have that difficulty.

Here’s what it looked like yesterday.

Fabric selection mostly done
Tonight I glued the fabric down and made some minor changes. The colours of my images are not very good since it's night time.

Quilt top on design board with picture

Funky Mountain Landscape ready for some thread sketching
It’s not quite as funky as I want, but I know that the piece will evolve as I thread sketch the fabrics, quilt it and then embellish it.

What I learned
  • Over the years I’ve learned that using photos can really help me see more objectively. For this project I’ve used photos extensively to decide on the fabrics I want to use. The first picture above was my sixth and I did make a couple of changes while gluing it down.
  • As I was writing this and looking at the first picture, I realised that the reflection of the mountains in the water didn't match the mountains. It's a little better now.
  • All the fabrics come from my stash (mostly my scraps), but I’m not thrilled with a couple of them. I’ll hoping the thread colours I use will adjust them to what I’m looking for.
Related links
Linking parties
I’ll be linking this post to the August One Monthly Goal link-up. Let’s go see what everyone has planned for the rest of the summer! As well, I am linking up to these great linky parties: Oh Scrap!Monday MakingMain Crush MondayDesign Wall MondayMove it Forward Monday, Linky Tuesday, Tuesday Colour Linky Party, Midweek Maker, Let's Bee Social, Silly Mama Quilts WIP,  


  1. What a great little tutorial on using photos as inspiration. A great funky mountain landscape.

  2. What a fun project. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

  3. Nicely done! Looking forward to seeing it quilted.

  4. love your progress so far...

    thanks so much for linking up!

  5. I'm one of those that has trouble making it abstract or realistic. And that is why I don't make landscape quilts, much to hubby's chagrin!

  6. This looks like a fun project. I know you can and will make some awesome adjustments with the thread work so I am looking forward to seeing how it evolves from this great starting point :)


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