A License to Play

Posted by on 26 April 2021 | 0 Comments

I've been creating a lot of different things during April. They include...

New blocks for Autism Awareness

And a quilt using the giraffe block...

Applique - which is still a mystery as I'm yet to announce what I'm making with cotton lame, silk, and cotton fabrics (more in coming weeks)

guess what stitching

applique

and my landscape art quilt I started last month.

artquilt construction4

Art Quilt

Today I'm going to continue with my landscape as I want to get it all prepared for traveling south next week. Remember last month when I picked the colors from my photo? 

.... well that was purely a guideline to help get me started and the one thing that caught my eye with this photo was the high contrast - it certainly wasn't the dull colors of the photo.

Adding the trees with a license to play

As a designer and creator, I can play with ideas and colors too! Creativity is the license to play. Remember the photo is just a guide... I can change it, as I did and move things around, take things out even.... change the colors... do anything I want really. The finished quilt doesn't have to be (and won't be) the same as the photo. 

Therefore, nothing is set in stone when you are the creator of a quilt. Even when you are following someone's quilt pattern, you don't need to commit to the colors the designer has used or even similar. So in mentioning this, I'm not going to stick to the colors you see in the photo but rather go off on my own thoughts to create the best contrast I can.

So with my background down, I can now audition foreground fabrics. Note how I roll up the fabrics I'm thinking of using for the trunks to get a sense of how they will look on the background. You can use as many as you like, even just leftover scraps will work. 

landscape foreground fabrics

Auditioning fabrics on the background

I've decided to use just two fabrics for trunks. I'll fuse them and use the rotary cutter to cut non-straight strips freehand - I love this technique!

Here's what I did....

I cut my two pieces roughly 7" x 13" and fused the back of them - the size doesn't matter really and you can always join trunks with a bit of greenery 'in front' of a break if need be. 

landscape trunk fabrics

two fused fabrics

After fusing the fabric, I removed the backing paper - it's a whole lot easier to do this now than struggling with smaller individual pieces after they are cut!

landscape paperbacking removed

Remember to remove the backing paper before cutting

Then I flipped my cutting mat over because I didn't want the lines to guide me (totally up to you if you do that too) and freehand rotary cut the strips - tip: don't cut all your fabric to strips straight away. 

landscape strips cut

Some strips cut

Cut some and audition them on your background then determine what else you might need. Adjust the heights as well as the widths of each trunk. With the fused fabric you can cut them as skinny as you like.

landscape trees1

Some trunks added

 I'll keep cutting more strips and adding them, moving them around until I have something I'm happy with.

landscape trees2

More trunks added

Can you see how the trunks I've placed up from the bottom edge look like they are more in the distance? You can definitely see that on the right side, I should balance the left side with some too!

Should I add more, take some away or do you think it looks about right? I'll keep working on this a while over the next day or so as I want to adjust the trees on the left somewhat and the trees on the right are looking a little linear. What do you think? 

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