Another Try at Landscape

When I made those three little quilts for my nieces last year, I realized that I wanted to make a bigger landscape quilt. One of my longtime friends really liked the purple and blue mountainy one, and I decided to try my hand at designing one from my own pattern.

Last spring I took a portraiture art class, and one of the key things I learned was how to look at shadows, and what colors to use for them. My professor showed us how in flesh tones, a nice dark purple color is the perfect shadow, and sometimes a dark green will work. I decided that I might like to try making one of the photographs I took of the Watchman in Zion National Park into a quilt. However, I’ve never made a more artistic quilt, so I wanted to warm up with something simple to test colors.

My husband and I went to shoot the moonrise because it’s pretty gorgeous around here, and when I got home and saw this picture, I knew it was the perfect inspiration for my next quilt’s colorway.

Okay, I know, the finished quilt looks nothing like this photo. Still, I enjoyed having a muse while I made it. I would love to figure out how to better capture a moonrise sometime.

WIPS and other things


Hello friends, this is a quilt I just finished. It was inspired by two different beauties I saw on Pinterest.  You can see the first one here, and the second one here.  I couldn’t find the pattern on Sassafrass lane for the first one this time, but I could swear it used to be there. I did the polka dot binding on a whim, and now I have second thoughts about it, but oh well. I love the idea of a mountain and sky scene. This one is so basic. I might try another one in this style in the future.

Below are a couple of pictures of my works in progress.  I found a cute stack of 5″ pre-cuts that I’m making into a small quilt with blue for the negative space. Here you can see me chain stitching away …IMG_7291
And I am so excited to have put this Christmas quilt together at last. I don’t know how many years it has been since our Quilt Guild did this block exchange. We each made 12 of the same blocks, a 12×12 & a 6×12 or two 6×6’s.  We did it in gemtones, and I loved how it turned out. It is very unusual in that the styles are all quite different, but it reminds me of all of my quilt guild friends, so it will be a treasure for me. I plan to bind it in a solid black.  Hopefully before Christmas, haha.