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I've been experimenting making small art quilts lately, here are two of them. The green landscape one is 4.5" x 11 inches. The winter trees is 5" x 8". Certainly it takes less time overall I suppose to create the small works. But there is no less attention to design and detail. It's obviously much easier to handle these on the machine. I like them also for the ease with which they could be mailed to someone as a small gift. And easy to hang in small spaces. Have you tried working small?
And if you really like the design you could create it in a larger format.
On Satuday I was sitting in my studio and noticed this stack of trimmed off edges of my hand dyed greens. Just didn't want to throw them away, so I decided I could enjoy them in this way. I have a great view of this tree out of my studio window so why not?
While I was out there I finally found a branch to use as a hanger for my green landscape quilt and here it is hanging in our great room.
Here's my first project using text on a quilt. I guess I had time on my mind so that was my theme. If you click on the image you will enlarge it and perhaps be able to read some of the text about time. The clock fabric I hand dyed. The overall size is about 15 by 18 inches. I like being able to incorporate text into this process!
I decided to practice stitching block letters on fabric so if I get good enough I can add text to some of my art quilts. This was not done by free motion but regular straight stitch. This is getting easier with practice, and I'm learning to make the letters even in height and width. Here's a sample I did on polyester fabric.
After piecing about 33 different hand dyed green fabrics I decided to quilt over the surface in a variety of patterns, that's what you see here. Next I plan to use the green dyed fibers somehow on the surface of this quilt. Still deciding on what that will be!
After looking at my hidden figures piece on the design wall I was reminded of people who are living in the shadows in our communities. I chose strips of fabric left over from another project and applied them to the surface, mimicking buildings in our cities. I chose to partially cover the figures, to show them hidden yet looking out at the rest of us. Hiding, yet wanting to be seen. Then I chose some of the fibers I dyed in the various greens to create lines across the surface alluding to a skyline pattern of buildings in the city. Now when I look at this piece, I am attracted to the tension of the horizontal and vertical lines, and then discover the figures behind the tension. I'll keep this on my design wall again to see if I am inspired to add more.
After a wonderful 70 degree day yesterday, we were blessed with this gorgeous orange sunset. I almost missed it, but happily the colors caught my eye when I was dropping the shades. This view is behind our home and once the trees leaf out sunsets are not so visible as they are in early spring. This was a great end to a day in which it seemed the whole town came to life, simply because the weather turned lovely. Little girls on pink bicycles, teenagers with mopeds roaring by, a chorus of birds singing with all their might. Sounds of lawn equipment and soft wind blowing. The quiet eruption of crocuses and daffodils, and growing buds on ornamental shrubs and trees.
Gladly I took time to sit outside and remember the simple joy of just being outside and witnessing a new season making a quick appearance. Today more typical March weather has returned, forty degrees with blustery winds. But we know the promise of Spring is waiting.