Monday, September 17, 2007
Let's make a quilt
So, I mentioned that I have to make a quilt in three months. Well, I'll talk a bit about the process here. The photo here is something I pulled off the internet over a year ago. What I want to make is something inspired by this - a mountain road with trees on either side with a view of the mountain directly in front of you.
The reason I chose this image is because when I went to visit my brother in Washington state, we went on this gorgeous hike up to a glacier. I'll see if I can find the name of it. But on the way there, driving down a road, I saw such an image in front of me, and thought that it would make a great quilt.
So, I'm trying it out. What I have done with every quilt I've made is try some new technique so that I learn something new (and since they are never for me I don't have to look at the mistakes for the rest of my life). Well, this one is new because it'll be queen size so HUGE. But I'm also going to use a lot of thread to 'paint' on the picture when I quilt it, and in addition, use some fabric paint at the end.
But right now what I have to do is create the base. So I've separated the image into 5 sections: the sky, the mountain, the trees on one side of the road, the road, and the trees on the other side of the road. I've made a scale model sketch (whatever 60"x80" down to a paper size is). For each section I will create 'fabric' and cut the section out from this fabric.
Right now I'm making the mountain material. About 5 or 6 different grays, doing a traditional pattern - start with a block, then add a strip of fabric around and around. I think I need to make it about 20"x30" or so, and I'm almost there...