Here is the result of my Monthly Landscape Art Quilt Challenge and the 2015 Lovely Year of Finishes...Fireworks in July.
|Fireworks in July (14" x 8")|
|Parliament before the appliqué|
I did some thread sketching of the parliament building with grey thread on grey fabric, which, not surprisingly, didn't show up. I was, however, able to use the stitched outline as a guide for sewing with metallic thread in the bobbin.
|Thread painting with metallic thread in the bobbin|
I've learned that in a landscape quilt, it's important to minimize the details and get to the essence of the image. If you're not sure what to cut out, just ask yourself "What am I really trying to show here?" In this instance, it was the parliament building, the sky and the fireworks. Nothing else was necessary.
|Embroidered and beaded fireworks|
I embroidered the fireworks using as inspiration my favourite embroidery book, The Beginner's Guide to Freestyle Embroidery by Christina Marsh. One of the projects actually includes fireworks. I used the shapes of the fireworks but not the same stitches. For the two largest fireworks, I appliquéd fabric as a background and then embroidered over them. I really like the glittering stars of the yellow firework.
I then FMQ by echoing the fireworks and following the curves of the sky.
The last step was beading the fireworks. I didn't have any mauve beads, but the ivory beads on the mauve fabric look mauve as they reflect the colour around them.
I used a new technique for finishing the art quilt. Instead of binding it I created a facing for it. Here's the link to the tutorial by Terry Aske. It worked out well. I'll probably keep using this technique whenever I don't want a border and binding.
|Fireworks in July Landscape Art Quilt|
What I learned:
- The wavy strips for the sky worked really well. I joined the strips using narrow ends. I learned a lot from my first attempt last month!
- Using metallic thread in the bobbin is really easy and gives such a lovely result.
- I liked using a facing instead of binding the piece. It gives it a clean look. Thanks to Terry Aske for the tutorial.
What's coming next in the Monthly Landscape Art Quilt Challenge? You'll just have to come back and see!
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This post has been linked to A Lovely Year of Finishes, Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, WIP Wednesday, Let's Bee Social, Free Motion Mavericks and Link-A-Finish Friday with Richard and Tanya Quilts. Check out everyone's work.