I am fortunate enough to live on a hill in a wooded area, and this was my view one fall evening as the sun was setting. You know you own a lot of batiks when you can walk inside and pull the perfect sky fabric immediately. Most of the fabrics in this are batiks.
I hung the sky on my design wall, layered the “ground” fabrics over it, and cut the trees and trunks freehand. I used a glue stick to adhere them.
Then I cut the design to size and framed it with green grass and blue sky. I really love the textured blue batik fabric that contains hints of purples and oranges from the scene.
The fallen leaves on the grass are bits of scraps from the trees. I laid them on after the quilt was sandwiched, covered them with water-soluble stabilizer, and quilted over them to hold them on.
I quilted inside the trees to hold them in place, leaving the edges to fray in the wash. On the sky and on some of the trees I followed the fabric motif as a quilting design. I backed this and bound it in a brilliant orange tie dye print. I am very happy with the way this turned out. It’s my very personal fall landscape.
32″ x 38″
Machine pieced and appliqued