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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Step Two


I have added some more fabrics. The tree on the right is sewn down. I'm not sure about the other one. I'll work a bit with the bottom fabric so it will look more like roots.


Does it need some green? I think the middle looks empty but I'm not sure what should go there. The little pompoms were a thrift shop find but they may not make the cut on this one. Maybe it's time to take out the beads. I could also try some thread painting. I've never done that before but I could do some leaves on the trees that way. Or I could fuse on some green fabric. I think I have some fabric with leaves if I dig deep enough...but as I recall, it's a sort of lime green and yellow. Perhaps too bright for this one.
I'm off thrift shopping soon. Maybe I'll find something that will just perfectly complete this one. If not, I'll still have fun!

12 comments:

em's scrapbag said...

It's coming along nicely. I think beads are a great idea. I also like the idea of thread painting. I've been wanting to try that. Let me know how it goes.

jovaliquilts said...

The green is great, a really good addition. I'm always afraid to add more for fear of ruining something, so it's hard for me to make suggestions about what else to do. I think filling out the trees in some way -- threads, fabric, embellishments -- might take care of that empty space in the middle. But don't hide it too much, it's got great lines!

Exuberant Color said...

The green is OK unless you are portraying the barreness of winter. I think a little thread painting, maybe for some smaller branches in the tree and dead weeds on the ground might be fun.

holly said...

How about an evergreen bush. It will give it a little more green. I love this one.

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paula, the quilter said...

Your tree trunks are too straight. Go outside and study trees. The majority have asymmetrical trunks.Take that big tree and 'rough' up the edges. Use a pigma pen to paint in some thinner branches at the top in the blue. I like the little touch of green that is there. If you remove the pompoms and quilt circles it will show 'earth' more. HTH.

Anonymous said...

Mum I think it looks awesome - it looks like australia!!! even the straightness of the trees - they look like gum trees or eucalyptus trees... kinda reminds me a bit after we have a bushfire, which are natural here to regenerate the land and the trees as many seeds need the fires to open...
it's really beautiful and really echoes what you've seen here and also compliments alison and the fact she brought the fabric over. I really really like where you are going - you are really turning it into a unique art.

And i'd stay away from the green, i think i like the browns and neutral colours. It more like here with the desert and the land and stuff - specially the layers of earth.

I am actually going to go to the bushfire fundraiser concert in Melbourne next week. A whole bunch of bands including Troy Cassar Daley, Kasey Chambers and Midnight Oil are playing - i'll say hi to troy and laurel and rob for you guys!

Maybe you should do an auction of your piece and donate the winnings to the Australian Red Cross Bushfire relief? It's so beautiful, I'm sure you could raise a nice lump of cash!

ps grinspoon plays in Wagga Wagga that weekend so they can't do the festival. sad face...

xo
carm

Anonymous said...

ps. I love love love the roots of the trees!!!
love
carm

Nellie's Needles said...

Interesting! What does the other side of the ground fabric look like?

Cascade Lily said...

Looks great! How about some spiky grasses around the bases of the trees? That way you can bring in some yellow-greens to give the bottom a lift.

meggie said...

I love this! Wonderful idea.

Janet said...

Curves are my weakness. Not doing them but having them in my quilts. I've been dreaming and planning of a landscape quilt. Thanks for the inspiration and tips.

Lynda said...

The curves look great and I think the trees could be improved by making them less straight and a bit more naturalistic.