Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Trunk Show edition

   It's the Trunk Full of Quilts over at Whims and Fancies blog.  
Online Quilt Trunk Show | Whims And Fancies
I had visions of sharing some large quilts and new photos.....yet I moved to plan B because the sun hasn't  cooperated this past week.  So here's the trunk......



 Let's open the trunk and see what we find.   It could be filled with pirate's treasure, but in this house I bet it holds a different bit of wonder.






     Changing Seasons is a mixed technique wall hanging.  It began as a regular watercolor in the center.  And then it evolved when I decided to add cardinals sitting on a branch.  The branch needed to be anchored to a tree, and so I "grew" up a tree.
   The tree is fused applique with several layers of fabric.  I would cut a hunk and pin it up on the design wall, stand back and see it if created depth.  This went on for about a week.  I ended up adding twisted yarns and cording in areas for more texture to the tree and branches.
  The border was by chance.  I did not have enough of the one fabric used on the left side.  So I looked for large hunks to finish it off . It  ended up with a scenic type border----from sky to horizon to ground.   A narrow strip of black pushed the outer border back for even more depth.



  
 Remembrance is also a mixed technique wall hanging.   On the left is a section of leftover watercolor squares from another project.  To it I added cobblestone blocks of pastel batiks.  The cobblestone blocks are a scrap technique from Wanda at Exuberant Color.    She has such wonderful ideas and does amazing work.

  Once I had the background created, I was inspired  to use the Veteran's Day symbol of poppies.  I love how they stand tall against the sky.









  The poppies are fused applique with a small amount of thread painted detail in the centers.    A narrow filet of a yellowish batik was added before the border went on.  I liked how it made the flower centers pop.







 Hope  is always hung somewhere in the house.  It has a seasonal appearance, but  I keep it up all year round.  It is a basic watercolor background with thread painted cardinal and pine branch.

  I went through a period of doing a lot of thread painting and this was the final one I did.  There are 3 sections---cardinal, main branch and pine needles, and smaller clumps of pine needles.  Each section was thread painted --with a zig-zag stitch---onto bridal tulle sandwiched between sulky as a stabilizer.  Once completed the sections were cut out (sulky dissolved) and appliqued onto the wall hanging.   A few extra thread painted stitches were added to blend it all together.







  I don't remember exactly how many shades of red I used, but I think it was in the range of 9-10.  The highlights were actually pink.

  Appliqued cording was added to separate the border.













     One more to say Welcome for the season.  This is a small table topper.  The pineapple was made from strips and strings of  yellow and gold fabrics in a braid pattern.  The pineapple shape was cut out and appliqued to a string background.  Three shades of green were cut and fused for the leaves.  I did not have enough fabric for a border on 4 sides, so I made do with just 2.  I love the off set look and use it a lot now.



Now, click on over to the Trunk Full of Quilts linky and see what other inspiration you can find.
Happy stitching.

27 comments:

  1. Those are definitely pieces of amazing art work...gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Wowsa!!!! These are amazing! I would set and gaze at any of these for lengthy periods if they were in my house! So interesting, and so well done!

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  3. These are beautiful! Your artwork with textures and fabric is amazing!
    Susie

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  4. Beautiful work, I love the combination of the pieced backgrounds with the appliqued images.

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  5. Oh Wow Debbie! These are all so dazzling! "Changing Seasons" just made my all time favorite quilts list!

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  6. So nice to see some old friends here, they are all gorgeous.

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  7. Beautiful quilts! Love the tree you grew--that trunk is great!
    Your thread painting is incredible, too!

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  8. I love the watercolor technique you have used,

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  9. You do such beautiful work. Thank you for sharing all these lovely pictures again. What inspiration!

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  10. Very beautiful, I love your work Debbie XXX

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  11. They are incredibly beautiful artwork. I am awestruck. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

    -Soma

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  12. These are amazing and amazingly detailed! Thanks for sharing a bit about your techniques for each one. I'm especially intrigued by how Changing Seasons grew and the way you did the tree trunk.

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  13. I just love your work - the cardinal is my fav, but know you have a lot more beauties not shown that I also drool over.

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  14. What lovely works of art. What a joy to see, thank you.

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  15. Your trunk is filled with works of art! That cardinal looks like he could come alive! Thanks so much for sharing your beautful quilts.

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  16. These are all just stunning and I loved seeing the cardinals. And bringing out the trunk was fun :)

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  17. Gorgeous Debbie. Changing Seasons is magnificent...that tree is amazing. What size did the quilt finish? I also really like Remembrance. I've 2 watercolor books and a bunch of floral fabric I refuse to part with, because I WILL make a watercolor someday!

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  18. Thanks for sharing. Your use of "watercolor" backgrounds is so effective.

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  19. I'm unfamiliar with a lot of these terms you use, but I'm glad you explained a bit about each quilt. These are just gorgeous, and I love how you "paint" your quilts! I've seen this style in quilt shows, but didn't realize it's a particular technique. Very nice!
    Wendy

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  20. Absolutely fascinating. I love Changing Seasons. Thanks for the lovely trunk show.

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  21. Debbie, you are a fabric lover. I love the mix of pattern and color, going from small squares to larger ones but keeping a mix. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

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  22. These are all so gorgeous! Thrilled to see your works of art. Thank you so much for your trunk show.

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  23. Beautiful quilts and very inspiring I love the cardinal.
    Bunny

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  24. They are all so beautiful! I love the depth and detail in the applique and thread painting.

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