The idea for this quilt started with a video I took in early January 2012 while on a walk in Hawk Island Park. We had mild temperatures and very little snow that winter, and I was struck by the dramatic clouds, lighting and spare landscape. When I finally decided to make the quilt in February 2013, I had no idea how to transfer the photo to a full-size pattern, and now I don't remember the details of how I actually did it. I do remember looking around on the internet to find out how to posterize a clip from my video (to simplify the colors) and to make it into a sketch, which I then made into tiles to print onto 8 1/2 by 11 inch pages. I taped the pages together and drew over prominent lines with a marker, eliminating many of the tree branches. (I'm sure there is a very simple procedure for all of this, but I just went at it in my usual clueless, intuitive way.) I still have the various versions of the photo:
|Original video clip|
All of the fabric is from my stash. The ceramic buttons I used for embellishment are from a collection I purchased last year from Sandra Lance. I sorted through them on impulse this week and found three that were a perfect match. The batting is a scrap of Mountain Mist polyester, probably Quilt-Light. I used various cotton and cotton/polyester hand quilting threads. The binding is made from random lengths of three different navy prints. (I used my new even feed foot to sew the binding on. I had never really had trouble sewing binding with a regular foot (except for one on the bias--see yesterday's post), but I could not believe how smoothly it went on with the new foot. I didn't even need any pins to hold it in place while I was sewing. Amazing!) I stitched the binding to the back by hand and then added my initials/date and a sleeve for hanging.
The finished size of the quilt is 24 by 41 inches. I didn't wash it, and don't plan to since it's a wall hanging. (And I'm afraid washing could mess it up. I am thrilled that after so much quilting, it is hanging straight and flat!!)
I finished this quilt at just the right time. The leaves are starting to fall now, and I think this quilt will be just right for my living room for the rest of the fall season--and probably during the coming winter to remember that mild winter of 2012.
|Over my sewing table|
I'm linking up today with crazy mom quilts for Finish It Up Friday and with Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday.