A Shady Path

Endeavourers is a quarterly challenge to design and make a fabric wallhanging. The August 1 theme was A Walk in the Park.

As usual, I am down to the finish line with this challenge. I begin by collecting images on Pinterest of what I had in mind. I spent many years in the San Francisco area and loved nothing better than walking through the redwood forests. So after discarding the idea of a flower garden, I decided to try a walk through the redwoods. There were many excellent photographs and I loved the ones with the sunshine backlighting the trees. I narrowed known my choices to two or three and finally settled on just one picture. That was as far as I got a week or so ago. I gathered a lot of batiks and decided to work with them.

Three days ago I came upon a beautiful printed forest in my stash. It was not redwood trees, but was really alive with color. I don’t know where it came from, but I know it is a Northcott fabric.

For batting I found instead a double sided fusible foam stabilizer. It is In-R-Form Plus by Bosal. One quarter of it was 8-1/2 x 11 inches, so I was ready to go. This type of fusing was new to me so that was a challenge. I was able to fold over the front fabric to the back and fuse it therec as well, not needing any binding. For additional texture I used glue basting to attach the path and its borders.

About six weeks ago I bought a new Pfaff machine and am thrilled with it. However learning all the bells and whistles means I am constantly referring back to the manual. After an aborted attempt at trying some free motion quilting, I gave that up. I chose a varigated olive green thread which blends in very well.

On the backside I fused a piece of peach colored batik and my bobbin thread is my usual beige. The quilting shows up better there.

I managed to get to get my finished project photographed before sunset.

The other challenge I set for myself was to get good areas of contrast with these subdued prints. One was the addition of a scrap of batik with black branches. The other one is the light colored edging along the path and the bit of orange highlight on the path itself.

Once again this Endeavourers challenge has really broadened my quilting experience.

I’m linking up with Angela at http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/and Cynthia at http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com/

20 thoughts on “A Shady Path

  1. I am sorry you had problems posting there! I don’t know Blogger well at all so hopefully someone else will be able to help you figure it out.

    But I like your piece and the direction you took, with walking among trees. And like you, I think the most important thing is the way that these themes push us to learn more, and to come up with fresh ideas. You meet those challenges well!

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  2. Paula, your quilt for this challenge, like mine, goes after the feeling of a place rather than showing the place precisely. I like it very much, and those three extra highlights make it sing!

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  3. Paula, I love walking through the redwood forests, too – and that fabric you found looks perfect for giving that feeling to your piece! I really enjoyed hearing about how you approached this challenge!

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  4. Sue Hoover

    Looks good. I think you did a great job in spite of learning a new machine. Might be slowing you down some but it doesn’t show!

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