Personally I am blaming stupid fingers for not being able to do this well. I do have a history. I once tried to help my mom with her silk flower business by making the bows for basket arrangements. After she saw the first bow, she found me a different job.
Last October, Mary Lee brought in a pile of her gorgeous ice dyed fabrics to share with the group. Each of us selected one piece. The challenge was to make "something" with the fabric- about a fat quarter. Sorry this was the best I could do to get the before image. Aren't they lovely? Choosing only one was the hardest part of the challenge!
(hopefully more results will be added later- Saturday maybe? - hint, hint)
Mary saw ladies in her fabric. So she thread sketched them. The trees are done in one long motion. And don't miss the shadow ladies quilted above the trees. Mary plans to add some crystals to the ladies. She calls it "Guardians"
Her quilt isn't quite finished, but isn't it magnificent? It's her own church- the First Presbyterian on Main St. The window is the actual design of one in the church. he pink is enhanced with some "angelina"
Elaine said she had been wanting to try thread sketching.
Mary Ellen also saw ladies in her fabric, only her ladies were can-can dancers! The skirts are made using a similar technique to some of the flowers!
I love how the big yellow spot lights almost glow! Mary Ellen calls this "Paris Lights"
This is my before fabric. The colors reminded me of a picture from the Badlands. I had also thought to do a bargello style quilt. It wasn't very interesting, so turning the strips this way and that instead, I came up with this. It is mounted on a "framing" quilt- a technique I had been wanting to try from a book by Jean Wells.
We all want to thank Mary for this challenge. Most of us stepped outside our comfort zone a bit while using these wonderful fabrics!