Sunday, March 21, 2021

Project Quilting 12.6: From the Sunroom

The last project for this season's Project Quilting ends today.  I figured out what I wanted to create days ago.  I had time to sketch it out, but didn't get a chance to start it until yesterday.  I'm glad it was a small project - cut, appliqued, quilted and bound in one day.

The challenge was called Ab Intra:  from within.  I decided to quilt my view from the sunroom.  I spent a lot of time last summer sitting there with my laptop taking classes and job hunting (first time in 29 years - I had ton of learning to do!).  It was a nice spot as I contemplated what to do next with my life.

I have not done a scenic quilt before.  My ability to draw is fairly rudimentary.  So I am particularly pleased with how this came out.  This photo is before I added the window sashes.  I had to move the center of the quilt to keep the window sashes from blotting out the bird bath pedestal and the center of the bush.  Unfortunately that means I trimmed out the tree trunk on the right along with the tuft of grass that seemed to go perfectly with a slightly darker section of the pastel fabric.  Oh, well.  I know I did a little bit of awesomeness even if no one else will see it.

I made bias tape sashes that I stitched on after quilting.  I don't normally bind from back to front, but stitching around the whole edge allowed the window frame to match the sashes. 

The finished size is a little more than 8x7".  This could be a mug rug, but I also added corners on the back so it could be hung.  With the various layers and 606 spray, the little thing is stiff as a board.

Turns out I didn't take any photos last summer of my view, but imagine this with more green and the bird bath on it's pedestal.  I can see now my perspective on the bush is all wrong.  That's what I get from working from a drawing.  lol.  The rock wall is far more prominent in my quilt than for real, but I was excited to have rock fabric - I had to use it.  Likewise I was pretty psyched to find some little flower fabric to add under the bush.  I enjoyed fussy cutting those.

Not sure if I'll attempt something like this again, but it was fun!  I'm glad I gave this a try.


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LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Sally, that is just wonderful! I love seeing your view interpreted in fabric. You live in such a pretty place! Congratulations on completing the challenge, too.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Fabulous first attempt at a landscape quilt... LOVE it!!!

Kim said...

Such a lovely little landscape quilt, Sally, of the view from your window. Love the fabrics you chose for the different elements and the little bird bath is very sweet. Funnily enough, I am in the process of designing a wall quilt of a window and a girl looking out the window to a flower garden. Love quilts where there is a window where the outside world lays beyond. I am thinking you would be fabulous of dreaming up more beautiful landscape quilts, Sally.

LA Paylor said...

terrific idea and congrats on the speed! I hate to lose a special part and have had to do it too.... but the whole thing has the feel of the real view, great job Sally. I think it's easier to draw with scissors making landscape quilts than paint! Its valid, cutting your colors to create the view, awesome

dq said...

It is perfect how you set it behind a window. It gives it depth and character.

Sheryl said...

Marvellous work to have been done in such a short time. Great idea.

PersimonDreams said...

Such a lovely piece! Beautiful!