Thursday, 13 October 2016

Art with Fabric


Today is my turn in the Art with Fabric blog hop. Hosted by Alida from Tweety Loves Quilting we all had to make a quilted piece from any traditional art work. By "traditional" I mean anything that a non-quilter will label as art, like paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods etc.

I finally chose the poem by Joyce Kilmer (1914) called Trees. 


I really have a 'thing' for trees - all kinds. Forests, plantations, bushveld - I love them all.
So, I decided to make something with a modern twist - a little pop art-ish even...















This was my design that I came up with and it could easily have gone down the really wild road, but.... I wanted to still be able to use it once it was finished....






Once I had narrowed down the fabric selection and made myself a numbering system that even I would remember....
I got to work

The pattern measures 20" (50cm) and is really not very difficult once the sewing part starts.

















I divided the work up into 3 sections so that it could be tackled easily between all the other projects I was also working on.






I went with the greens this time because my daughter wanted to give the mini quilt it to a friend and I wasn't sure if they would like it in bright pop art colours...

Im sure I'll make another in brighter colours just to see how it turns out...



And here we have the Pop Art Forest



I FMQ'd the fronts of the trees using a gold colour thread in geometric shapes to echo the shape of the trees.

I added a really cool fabric to the back that was just begging to be used in this project and there you go....



















Other blog hop participants that you can also visit today are...

Terry @ terryaskeartquilts (http://www.terryaskeartquilts.com/)
Alida @ tweloquilting (http://tweloquilting.blogspot.com/)
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17 comments:

Yvonne said...

What a lovely design. The trees are stunning.

Sarah @ Georgia Girl Quilts said...

This is fabulous! So creative. Those trees are fantastic! Also, that's one of my very favorite poems ever. :)

Patty D from NC said...

Fantastic art piece. Your trees look absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing the information about the design and inspiration process.

beaquilter said...

Awesome piece!

Mary said...

I love it! Trees, what a lovely poem and your quilt is wonderful. The fabrics you used, your design, all is good.

Kathy said...

Janeen another fantastic pattern!!! I hope you offer it for sale soon as I love your mock ups in the different colorways. It would be fantastic to see in these different colorways. Love the inspiration poem!!!

Kathy said...

I absolutely love this!! Some of the trees are tipping out a bit saying look at me, I'm here too! Will you be making this pattern available for purchase?

Joan Wintersgill said...

Always amazed at creative!

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Such a whimsical piece! The trees seem to sway. Very innovative. Would love to see this in brighter, pop art colors. It's so whimsical and wonderful.

Sew Surprising said...

These are so creative another wonderful pattern :)

desertskyquilts said...

I absolutely love the shading on your greens.

Barb said...

Just fabulous!!!!

Vera said...

These are pretty cool trees! Well done!

Terry Aske Art Quilts said...

I love your trees! Great design, and execution. I do love the greens you picked, but would also love to see some of those wilder color combinations.

Andree G. Faubert said...

Hi Janeen, I love the 3-d effect of your trees. I'm sure that it would look great with all kinds of colours. Could be lots of fun!

AlidaP said...

Really lovely design! The fabric that you picked makes the tree really pop. They look very modern and cool!! Also the color variations are great. Thanks for sharing your talent and for joining the blog hop!!

legato1958 said...

Your Pop Art Forest is gorgeous, Janeen! Your fmq adds so much to the trees !
( I had to chuckle at your "tone it down so I can use it" comments to yourself while choosing fabrics! :) )

Susie