Saturday, September 18, 2010

It's not dead yet!

I am in a hurry to finish up some projects for our upcoming guild show on October 1st. I took a workshop at the guild with Renske Helmuth to learn how to make a landscape wall hanging....I am not sure if landscapes are for me. I found it very difficult to choose the fabrics for an imaginary landscape....I think if I had make it from a photograph I could match up fabrics much better. I did finish the top, I just had to quilt it so I can put it in the show.

I am a novice machine quilter, and I didn't have a clue how to quilt this thing. I first stitched around the beige border 1/4 inch...that was fine, then I did 1/2 inch around that...that sucked...picked it all out...stared at it and stared at it, could not decide what to do....did not want to do any more picking then I did just inside the green border...fine, then I stippled around the outer border fine, but now the lighter border was a little loose and needed to be I quilted lines in there and that's when I thought I had killed it! OMG the landscape in the middle was all puffy! it looked ridiculous! now I know why they always want you to quilt from the middle out instead of from the outside in! I was pretty much ready to chuck it! but I thought well maybe I can quilt in some clouds and flatten it a bit, that worked but now the bottom was puffy, so I quilted in some grass along the bottom. It was a lot better but not perfect.
This is how it looks on the bottom:

Finished product; ta-da!

Not my finest work, but I sure learned a lot! Will I ever do another landscape? not sure, the jury is still out.


Dolores said...

Congratulations. From what I can see, it is a success. I do like it and it is like with anything - the more you do it, the easier it will get. So, go ahead and make another landscape - even if it's from a photo.

Jacqui's Quilts said...

Looks good from the picture Carol. I know exactly what you're going through!! I stare and stare at those things and wonder what to do. Usually it all works out. I just finished my Spirit of Gees Bend quilt! What an experience that was LOL. I will show it at the guild meeting, but can't put it on the blog yet because certain people read my blog :-). We hope to get together with the 7 of us that went to the show for the big reveal.

The Cozy Quilter said...

Nice landscape! Makes me want to go to that imaginary place to relax and read a book! I can hardly wait to see it at the show.

Quilt Rat said...

Oh Carol.........I think you are being WAY too hard on yourself. Looks quite good really....course I am standing 3 feet from my monitor.