Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pebbles on the Pond

I have been working on this piece on and off for a while now and finally just decided to get to it and finish it. All the fabrics I made myself either through marbling, dyeing or deconstructive screen printing.  Working with these fabrics can be challenging which is why I have been such a procrastinator.
 My Fiber Junkies group gets together every month and often our plan is to make deconstructive screened fabric. I get so excited and want to try all different colors of dyes which I have found to be a no-no! I wind up with small pieces, all different colors and none that will work together. This last time around, I was more sensible and stuck to a couple of colors having lots of choices within the same color way - not as much fun but more practical in the long run.
 I realized this piece desperately needed white, and searched through my marbled fabrics and lucked out, found one that worked. I didn't have a lot, but I didn't need much.
 The feel of the piece reminded me of pebbles, ponds, water etc and thought a tree coming in from the side would add some interest. Let's face it, I love trees and think they would go with anything, but in this case, they really did.

 I did minimal quilting on the darker areas.
 I quilted around the "pebbles and did small circles in between to make the rest pop

 The trees looked flat so I used some acrylic paint to highlight them.....
 giving them a lot more dimension.
And the finished piece - "Pebbles on the Pond".


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Julie...I'm happy to have it finished.

    2. Judy, I love this piece. It was so good to see you a few weeks ago. We are someway settled, now for the decorating. I hope that I can find time to blog more often now that we are moved. Please keep in touch.

    3. I'm so glad you're settling in...such a big job...We will always be in touch...I just know it!!

  2. I love everything about this piece. The fabric you chose. The colors. The quilting. The trees, most of all. Gorgeous!
    I wish I could have pinned it as I find it very inspiring.

    1. I am on Pinterest and you reminded me to go and pin it...thank you...I never think to do those things....

  3. Very nice, the white really did add the extra touch.

  4. What a great use of your fabrics. I love these colours together.

  5. This is stunning Judy! You are an amazing quilt artist. I too think trees will go with anything. Yours are gorgeous!

  6. This is great! I have some sun prints I did that are in those denimy blue colors and I've been wondering how to finish them up. Building up your composition with the marbled/dyed fabrics is such a great idea and your composition feels really successful. I like the gold brown in contrast with the blue. Thanks for sharing!

  7. A very nice piece pulled together by your fabric choices and theme.

  8. This is gorgeous, Judy. The marble dyed fabrics are reminiscent of the endpapers of old books, which I always find so fascinating. I love the way you have followed the colours and shapes with the quilting to give the colours a 3D look. I can't resist trees either - the trees are the perfect finishing touch.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks.

    Love, Muv