Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Tree Project Almost Finished

I must admit that I'm a little behind on my Landscape Art Quilt Challenge. My Landscape Art Quilt project for September has now become the project for September, October and November. This makes sense since this one is at least 3 times the size of my usual landscape quilts (that's my justification and I'm sticking with it!)
Tree trunk before the leaves
Tree trunk before the leaves

I originally thought it could be almost finished by the end of September. NOT!!! It turns out that there were many, many leaves to cut, place and stitch. Besides, you can't rush a work of art :-)

I'm very happy to say that it's coming along nicely. I took photos of it a few days ago and since then I've finished adding and sewing on the leaves at the top of the tree. Last night I cut both the backing fabric and the batting. I'm really hoping to start quilting it tonight.

The real challenge will be blocking and cutting it. I know that there are quite a few leaves that will get chopped off. It's going to break my heart, but that's quilting for you.

Fall tree almost finished
At times it was painful to add all of these leaves, but after doing a few branches, it was very encouraging. As you can see, I chose to do my tree in early fall. I spent a lot of time looking at trees to see how they change colours. It really is often one section at a time. Also, a tree with predominantly red leaves will still have quite a few yellow and orange leaves.

I'm really starting to learn to notice things in nature. I've always "seen" it, but now it's not just appreciating the beauty of it, but also analyzing what I see. How one part may change, but not the other, or how light affects it all. Fascinating! I guess that's how artists see. I never thought that would happen to me.

As I mentioned previously, this project is a UFO (UnFinished Object) based on a course I took with Elaine Qhehl, called Branching Out.

What I learned:

  • Smaller landscape quilts are much easier to make - and finish. It will be a beauty though.
  • Next time, I hope to remember to block the project with tape or something like it so that I have a better idea of where to stop.
  • It's easier to be encouraged once a few branches have been completed.
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  1. That tree trunk is very WOW! And the leaves...! I hope you don't lose too much when you block it either, it's going to be gorgeous. :)

  2. This is looking amazing Andrea. When you finish you will be pleased you persevered and did justice to your vision.

  3. Simply amazing! I love this so much. Great job so far!

  4. Wow, the tree trunk is so realistic. Awesome quilt!

  5. This is just beautiful. You are so right, you can't rush a work of art! Yes, the one thing that has kept me from using individual leaves in my quilts is the fussy cutting--I'm usually a patient person, but the thought of cutting tons of small leaves makes me crazy. The result is obviously worth it, though.

  6. Your tree is really beautiful! The colors, shape of the tree and leaves, it's really a great composition! cheers!


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