Haze and Hope, 39 x 36 inches
I started this quilt nearly two years ago. It took its own sweet time, which is just fine. I was motivated to finish in order to enter an upcoming show. So, it's finished, photographed and entered! I'm really pleased with it.
It continues in the vein of strong horizontal landscapes with houses and botanical elements in various materials, techniques and layers.
The trees are my favorite part. I drew them on large sheets of parchment paper, specifically to fill the space above the house and arch out into the sky.
Then I spread a layer of blue tulle over the quilt, but the parchment over the tulle, then stitched through the parchment and the tulle following my sketch. Then I peeled off the parchment and cut away the tulle just beyond the stitched line.
After the trees were done, it sat for a long long time. I wasn't sure what to add or if it lacked focus. Eventually I added the chunky dark blue outline on the house -- mimicking a magic marker sketched line.
Kristin came to visit and helped me work through some design issues at the bottom (and cut off several inches that were out of balance). It was nice to return to rocks. I've used this motif in the past.
Of course, hand embroidery.