hand dyed cotton, commercial cotton, screen print, printer,
machine pieced, fused, machine quilted
Initially, I must have jotted down at least 8 different ideas for this theme, as it really captured my imagination. I then put all ideas aside until September. I narrowed the list down to one, but before I started to work on it, I had the occasion to email a friend regarding what the weather could be like in Boston in October, as she was planning a short visit. Due to that email I went in a completely different direction. ( I'm always amazed when things like that happen! ).
I love the contrast in the fall between red, orange, yellow, and green leaves against a clear bright blue sky, so this is what I have tried to represent. A maple tree in a neighbors' yard started to change colors sometime in August and the fallen leaves were actually pink and green, which fascinated me. The color pattern on these leaves reminded me of my snow dyed fabric, so I knew I wanted to "feature" these particular leaves. I used my printer to make color copies of the leaves on to fabric.
I also wanted the quilt to include examples of both high and low contrast, which is why I screen printed the building in blue, as close to the background as I could without it disappearing, to represent low contrast, as does the portion of the left leaf that is on top of the strip of pink/orange snow dyed fabric.
I have really enjoyed working on, not only this particular theme, but the new 11 x 14 format as well.