Friday, August 16, 2013

Halfway there!

Well, Serenity is a long haul anyway you look at it.........pre-naming a piece as such probably ordained that it would be long in coming and less than serene as it grew. This was the week when I decided that all possible quilting would be done. The top half of the piece had been fused but there were sections that I just didn't seem to be finding the time to quilt. Remember, I am exploring an approach of fusing directly onto batting and back fabric and quilting as I go. Finally, yesterday, the last stitches were made on the non-pond half of the quilt.

Here is a photo of mostly the top half:

Everything above the actual bridge and along the shoreline and above is now quilted. I have a large rock with reflection and bridge reflection pinned on the base pond fabric to remind me of where they will go. Reflections of the other rocks still remain to be cut and then the challenging part - shading of the pond and reflection of the forest. I have some ideas to cut sheer organza for pond shadowing. In addition to the light green I have pinned up there now, I have some brown that will add some good shading that is needed on the left.

Next week is granddaughter week so this will now sit a bit - which is good. I need some perspective. I won't mention how many times while working on this piece, I was less than serene. :) I have decided that letting something sit while I contemplate next steps is an excellent method. I envy those that can plan an entire piece before turning on their machine!

Since this is Friday, I will be linking this to Nina Marie's Off the Wall Friday site. Be sure to check out what other artists have been doing!


  1. I think it is coming along nicely. I am like you, it helps to walk away from a project for a little perspective and to come back with fresh eyes. What a joy....granddaughter week!!

  2. Oooooooh, nice! Interesting how you are trying to quilt as you go. I've often thought of trying that but now I can watch you first :-) probablly a good place to let it "stew" on the design wall for a few days to get a fresh start. I love it so far :-)

  3. It is indeed coming along...but I confess that via my computer monitor the rock in the water...hmmm.... "Percolating" will be a good thing. Enjoy Granddaughter Week! :-)

  4. It is so beautiful. The foliage and the spotted light in the background is wonderful. And I love the perspective of the bridge in the back wandering off.

  5. I love watching this unfold. Enjoy your visit with the granddaughter!

  6. I, too, am loving watching this unfold!