Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Nature- Endeavourers Reveal

You may remember my post about joining this group a few months ago.  We are given a subject to depict in a quilt of any size.

I joined to challenge myself in several ways, including focus, interpretation, trying a new technique and generally just to enjoy myself while doing it.  Our first prompt was NATURE.  I thought a lot about what I wanted the piece to be.  I started a project journal to help me organize my thoughts.  I totally threw out my first idea.  I took my first piece apart because I couldn't make the fabric say what was in my thoughts.

We had 2 rounds of the flu going through the house since November.  Today another one started.  We had a wedding here right after the first of the year.  I didn't procrastinate starting this piece, but I admit I didn't have as much time working on it that I wanted to.

I will never be a person that wants to create traditional quilts.  I do, however, want to pursue landscape quilts and this was my first attempt.  I wanted to try piecing it using fabric I had on hand, but honestly I didn't have what I would have wanted to use.  It is entirely hand stitched using the freezer paper piecing method.  I think my work will always include hand stitching and embellishing.  I'll get better at that and don't want pieces to look like a crazy quilt.  I'm really not done stitching on this block, but it's done enough that I could post about it today.

I know the mistakes I made and will definitely research before I attempt the next challenge.  AND, I will definitely start the project as soon as I get the prompt...and finish early.

Grateful:  Today I am grateful for Janine and Catherine who have established the group.  It's a great group to be in.

Click on the badge in my side bar to be taken to the group blog and see what everyone else is doing.

31 comments:

Julierose said...

this is beautiful--I like the grasses embroidery specially on the hills...
I think you did a superb job on this project.
Hugs, Julierose

Jan said...

Great visual quilt! I love the layering and perspective you created. The little bits of specialty yarn in strategic places is very effective. Well done!

I am said...

Hi Carol boy it sure has been busy at your place. I love your work i think its beautiful you are very clever my friend xx

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wow, I am impressed! I think you did great for your first piece and can see where this could become addicting.

Happy stitching ~ FlowerLady

Robbie said...

Kudos to you for doing all hand stitching! Wow..impressive for sure!!! Nice job!!!

FlashinScissors said...

Well done buddy!
It was quite a challenge to decide what to do, wasn’t it, and I haven’t finished yet ..... as you know.
You’ve done really well with your lovely scene! Such a clever idea.
I was sidetracked with other little projects that I “just had to do” this time, but, like you, I’ve learnt not to underestimate the time available for the next challenge, and will start immediately we have our prompt. Oh, the journal is a great idea!
It’s nice to be able to visit everyone else and see how they have interpreted the challenge, and pick up tips along the way.
Good luck on the next assignment. (Gosh we sound like secret agents ..... a bit like “Charlie’s Angels”, tee hee!)
Hugs,
Barbara xx
PS hope you are completely over the flu now.

Debra said...

This is lovely. It looks perfect to me! A project with much detailed stitching is great for this time of the year. I love looking at all kinds of quilts and fabric work-yours is very pleasing to the eye!

Timaree said...

In spite of all the happenings and flu, you got it done! And you had fun and learned some things. I love the added stitching. What will you do with these when done? Will they fit together as a quilt or be frameable or ??

Hope you all get over the flu! It’s not a good thing to get this year (not ever but this year seems worse).

allthingzsewn said...

God job, especially with all the turmoil going on. the decorative yarns you picked out for the tall grass is perfect and hand work is great.. It seem several have had problems one way or another getting this quarters challenge finish. So glad everyone is hanging in there though.

Nancy said...

A wonderful piece with the embroidery and use of fabric color. Sometimes I think hand stitching can be as fast and more accurate than machine stiching. I do fine it a bit more relaxing.

dochoamom said...

So you my friend. Keep quilting on...

Barbara said...

I've done a couple things like this, a sort of willy-nilly placement of scraps to resemble a scene. This is fabulous, and I'm glad you enjoy the hand stitching. It's the only way to put this together. Your little embroidered flowers and fuzzy growths are perfect.

Anonymous said...

It was so much fun today to see what everyone came up with and to go visit their blogs! I especially like what you said about your reasons for joining the group and I echo them. And good for you for pursuing your interest in landscape quilts. I am happy to be in the group with you!

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

You echo my thoughts exactly about not wanting to create traditional quilts. Love the colours and the prints you picked for your landscape quilt. It is beautiful. I hope you continue to make more.

-Soma

Pamela said...

Very creative! Well done.

jenclair said...

Your choice of fabrics works so well! I can see that this challenge would be great for your imagination and for learning and incorporating new techniques and ideas.

Studio Maywyn said...

Beautiful quilt landscape. You've done well with the fabric choices and embellishments, very inspiring and cheerful.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

I was amazed to hear this is your first landscape quilt. I assumed you'd been making them for years. It is very beautiful and I really like the embroidery. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your art quilts in the future. Today, I am very grateful for you and the other Endeavourers joining Catherine and me. When we put out the invitation I did think it might end up just being the two of us and, instead, we have a wonderful group :)

Catherine said...

I think it's great and that your use of fabric and stitching is very inventive! Hooray for the first reveal :-)

Mary Ann Tate said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. I wish I could figure out why I never get notices when you comment. I took a look at you Endeavourers blog. Amazing work:)

Kit said...

I really like it!! I think you did a great job. :) Kit

Cathy said...

You’ve done a great job and stretched your creative muscles in stitching together this landscape piece.. If you enjoyed the process, that’s the icing on the cake! Way to go, Carol!!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Yay - so glad someone is joining me in making landscape quilts! You did a wonderful job - I love the fabrics you used.

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

How lovely and vibrant your little quilt is! you did such a wonderful piece of work!
So hope the flu leaves your home and that all is feeling better!
Cant wait to see your next quilt!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

How wonderful your quilt looks! So very pretty! Cant wait to see what you create next! Hope the flu is over for your household!

Rose said...

I just came here to see if you had posted anything with this group...how big is this? I do like it. Been trying to get up the gumption to work on something. Most days I am too tired by the time I get time. Today I have time and just want to be lazy.

KaHolly said...

Oooh! It’s gorgeous! I want to learn to make landscape quilts, too!

Ruth said...

I think your fabric selection worked very well and the oodles of time I thought we had seemed to disappear in a flash too!

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Wow this is just so beautiful. I think you did a marvelous job. Truly a talent you have.

Sheryl S. said...

Great work Carol, this is lovely.

Ladydy5 aka: Diane Yates said...

Really very nice. I lost interest in quilting this year. I even sold my sewing machine. I did do a monthly art piece for the year for my grandson. 12 pieces, one for each month and relative to whatever holiday was in that one, then had a ring to the corner of each to keep them together. It was fun to do for him but when it’s done it’s done.