Friday, October 18, 2013


Quilt Documentation # 149

Renewal was recently juried into Englehart Area Artists 5th Annual Juried Art Exhibit, a mixed media show which is on until Oct 27th.

See my other entry Southwest Spirit here.

Unlike Southwest Spirit, this piece went together easily, just the way I envisioned it.

I sun dyed the background during our NOFA week-end retreat in June.

Sun dyeing
Even though the sun did not co-operate much all week-end, we finally did get a few hours of sunshine and some results, mostly from the blades of grass and the salt.

The picture was taken when the fabric was still quite damp, it dried a lot lighter.

Grasses and salt, leaves were removed before taking photo (oops missed one!)
When I saw the rays, I immediately thought of a forest with the sun shining through.
This is what the "sun rays" looked like before quilting

rays from grass blades

and once the whole upper area was quilted.  

I added some tulle to darken the "ground" area and quilted with a more spiky stitch to represent grass. 

I also added more "sun rays" using organza.

Organza sun rays

 two types of sun rays
I cut tree shapes from Lutradur, painted them with acrylics and stitched them on using invisible thread.

All that was left to do was add some shadows under the trees and it was ready for blocking.

detail of shadows
 I wrapped it on an artist canvas.

Wrapped edge
Renewal- front
back of frame and label

Happy quilting,



Juanita said...

This is a beautiful piece! Turning the 'grasses' into sun's rays was brilliant.

Louise Page said...

This is a gorgeous piece. Your sun printing process worked well.

Regina B Dunn said...

I love the rays. They are very effective.

Margaret said...

Oh YES! A wonderful piece -- and I was interested in your using Lutradur for tree trunks. Your painting is very good. :-)

Quilt Rat said...

Wow...each and every step adds to the wonderful depoth you got in this gorgeous cool to see the process

LA Paylor said...

That was cool!! Thanks for telling how you achieved this, so much fun.
LeeAnna Paylor

Deborah O'Hare said...

Such a lovely piece. It is very generous of you to share so much of your process.

Kate said...

Gorgeous work.

Linda Kittmer said...

Beautiful! I love house you used the sun printed fabric to get the rays of light.

elle said...

This is just marvelous. Wonderful!

Linda said...

Love, love love! Just wonderful