|Autumn Reflections in the Swamp|
When I was away at our weekend quilting retreat I worked on a piece that was totally outside my usual style. I had a lovely photo of a swamp in autumn with interesting corals and greens, lots of reflections, lines across the water etc. So I chose a few fabrics and ripped them into strips then fused and placed them on a background. At the retreat I stitched and stitched across them to blend the colours together then added some reeds and hand stitching. It is still a work in progress but I am liking it - and I loved the process. It was such fun to mix in the fabrics, moving them around to give a feeling of water and movement.
I will hand stitch tiny trees and bushes at the top in the background and I can see where it needs more machine stitching on the water, and maybe a few more vertical grasses etc. I'm not sure if I need something on the left side to balance the leaves but I kind of like that one gesture of realism. There are things I would do differently the next time and will give it a bit more thought but I wanted it to be more abstract than representational and this method does that for sure.
|First Step - Laying down the strips|
|Close up of the hand stitched leaves|
|Original Photo Inspiration|
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