by Karen Lane
At long last, after making 3 small quilts, and promising Mary I would make a large one, I have finally made a start on it! It’s going to be a scaled up version of one I made at the Cranwell Group earlier this year with the theme “what Winter means to me” (20″x 15″).
Last Winter had been all about trees as far as I was concerned. Researching Hockney’s work led to me developing a fascination of my own for trees and woodlands and I began photographing them wherever I went. This quilt is based on a photograph I took while out walking in the woods at Woodhall Spa.
I began by soda soaking my fabric prior to dyeing with Procian. Unfortunately I think I must have used too much soda. Although I covered it before ironing I still managed to burn the entire area above the tree tops! The dyed area was fine, just the white space above was burnt, so I decided rather than start again, to cut out the trees and make a huge piece of appliqué.
I’ve layered organza and netting and machine stitched the background trees in the same way as I did for the smaller version but this time using more variety of colours. The next step was to add the woodland floor before layering my appliqué woodland, sky fabric and wadding. The foreground trees have now been tacked in position.
I’m not looking forward to quilting the trees in place as its already very bulky but where there’s a will there’s a way!