I finished this landscape quilt quite some time ago, but only recently got a decent photo of it. Gosh... it looks so tiny here on the blog. It's actually 74x18." It's called "Over and Beyond."I created it as part of a challenge for a small art quilt group I belong to here in Dallas. The Twisted Stitchers created vertical quilts for the "large applique" category at the Dallas Quilt Show in 2007. And for 2010 we decided to make horizontal quilts.
It is very much inspired by my 12x12 quilt for the "twelve" theme which is titled "Seven Houses Five Trees." I love the color scheme, the surface design, the hand embroidery and the graphic landscape-like lines. It was fun to return to those elements.
The title refers to what we might find just over the hill or beyond the horizon. What's next? What's hidden? There are a few ampersands stitched into the background. I love the swirly graphic shape of an ampersand, plus I like the idea of combining, grouping and layering -- which the word "and" represents. You can see part of one in this detail.
There is another ampersand in this detail. Those representational cloud sections are monoprints created with bubble wrap. The blue stamp on the green hill was hand made with strips of linoleum. Of course, the yellow circles are printed with a jar.
It kind of seems like that last house is just sliding right down the hill, doesn't it? Sometimes life feels like that, I suppose. Slippery!