Thursday, March 31, 2016

Woven Landscape Finished

Completed Woven Landscape - 13" x 17.5"
Here is my completed Woven Landscape.

My last post introduced my latest landscape art quilt. I talked about my inspiration, my love of weaving and my struggle with the design of the trees.

Once I finished the trees with matching fabric and organza, I stitched them on with embroidery thread. I then added more embroidered flowers and changed some of the original appliqued flowers.
Getting the trees right

It was then time to consider how I was going to finish the quilt. I really liked the woven pieces sticking out at the edges, and didn't want to loose these by adding a binding.

I have no idea where I got the inspiration to find ribbon to frame the picture while keeping the edges intact. Off I went to my local craft shop and I found the perfect ribbon of jute and cotton.

However, if I was going to finish it this way, I had to figure out how to add the backing and batting to the quilt without the binding. I ended up tucking in the backing edges between the batting and the quilt top. I then attached the backing and batting to the top by sewing on the ribbon. It wasn't quite as neat as I would have liked, but not bad for a first attempt. I hope to make more of these woven pieces and perfecting the backing.
Quilted and beaded sky
The entire piece is densely hand-quilted, mostly echoing the shapes. There are also a few beads in the sun and within the flowers.
Close-up of the flowers with beading
Foundation paper pieced label
The finishing touch was the label. It's a 4" foundation paper pieced block in the same colours as the trees and backing.

I'm thrilled to have the piece ready for next week's Out of the Box Fibre Artists' Fibre Fling 5 Show & Sale. If you're in Ottawa, I hope you'll consider attending. The artists are incredibly talented. It should be a great show.

What I learned:
  • As always, when I get frustrated with a piece, it's important to let it sit for a few days. Inspiration will eventually come!
  • I was lucky to find the jute/cotton ribbon for the border and even luckier to have somehow thought of that as an option.
  • I really like the look of the dense quilting. It's very effective.

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  1. Really beautiful piece! I like the way you bound it, I am myself having fun finding all possible ways to finish my small pieces: some are more successful than others, but I really enjoy the learning process. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Art quilts are like a mystery to me. I love looking at them and seeing the way the artist chooses to create all the different elements in the piece. Your landscape is so pretty, and the flowers really draw me in. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your work on MCM!

    1. Hi Beth, for the longest time I bought quilting arts magazines and just admired them. Now that I've taken the plunge, I'm just loving it. Thanks for your comment and giving us a place to share our work.

  3. What a fun and effective piece!

  4. Thanks Cathy. It was a lot of fun making it.


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