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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Handmade Landscape Quilts PART ll

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This lovely work reminds me of a beautiful house out in the country, admist the fresh air and fields of plenty. The Artist, Emmaklee, says: "I got the idea for this picture from a description I read in a book of a “little blue house.” Ages ago, I bought a remnant of blue ultrasuede I’d never used; I started my palette selection with that fabric. I buy a lot of my materials secondhand – the green satin in this picture was from a Habitat For Humanity store, & the doorknob was part of a necklace a found at Goodwill & took apart".
"Prickly Pool"
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Such a beautiful cactus scene. I love how the bird bath sits admist this lovely bird inviting scene. The Artist,SticksAndBroomstraws, says: "I was visiting the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix one hot morning when I happened upon a shady spot with a welcoming bench and small fountain for the birds. I photographed the scene and later gathered the supplies to create a quilt to capture the scene. Luckily I had some fabric printed with prickly pear cactus! The rest was easy. I created fusible applique pieces for the fountain, stony ground, and cactus. For embellishment I used sparkly thread to emphasize the cactus thorns and glittering water. For extra bling I added crystal beads as well. Quilting made the picture complete and captured that shady spot in the garden".
"Horus Egyptian"
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The mysteries of ancient Egypt still mystifies many of us today. Gotta love this piece of old world artwork. The Artist, Threadsofmagique, says: "Horus Spreads His Wings: standing on a dock, his wings spread to catch the rays of the morning sun, the god Horus embodies the timeless spirit of the Nile. The son of Isis and Osiris, Horus was well known in the myths of Ancient Egypt. He was a god of the sky whose eyes were the sun and the moon, and also a god of victory. The pharaoh was said to be the Living Horus, the god come to earth. Horus was associated with the falcon or hawk, and was most often shown as either a falcon or a man with the head of a falcon."
"Island Cliffs"
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You've gotta love how the waves bash the huge rocks on this one. So much talent. The Artist, ZoeDockery, says: "Some people tell me that "Island Cliffs" looks like the virgin islands. To me it looks like imagination. As a child when I made art I would make up the landscape according to how I perceived it. As I grew into an adult I learned to take references from pictures or plein air so that my artwork would look more realistic. When I made "Island cliffs" I decided to be brave and find my inner child again. I let my memories tell me what the landscape should look like. Most importantly, making the piece was fun and invigorating in a way that I had forgotten that making art could be."
"Older than Stonehenge"
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I think that we've all wondered about Stonehenge and its' ancient mysteries. This artist, ArtemisiaStudio, says: "My art is informed by my travels and my love of art history. This small wall-hanging (25"x15") is just such a piece. It represents the Castlerigg Stone Circle in Cumbria England. The art quilt is executed in cotton fabrics of gold, green, blue and purple. Some of the fabrics are imprinted with gold. The machine quilting was done by me at my home studio. The quilt represents an ancient stone circle that is nearly complete and is older than Stonehenge. It sits in farmer's field surrounded by rolling hills which are mimiced in the varying sizes of stones around the circle. The natural setting of the stone circle is magical and I have tried to capture that feeling in this lovely little quilt."
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So much went into this lush forest/water/fish scene, and it paid off. Just look at the beautiful and colorful outcome. The artist, QuiltingCafe, says: "Just before the rain, the thunder, the winds, and the
lightning, a strange hue comes over the sky and the forest. Raw edged appliqued and quilted landscape. Each piece of fabric was meticulous placed on the background. Free form quilting with metallic and varigated threads hold it all down. To give added dimension,clear rock beads simulate water and chiffon was added for the movement. Ceramic stones and yarn represent the forest floor. " "Serendipity"
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Don't cha just love the colors in this giraffe. I think that any child would, also, love to have this cute quilt. The artist, Joystrings, says: "The making of Serendipity was one happy accident after another. Nothing on this quilt was planned. It started with applique on black and white which evolved into a giraffe. The giraffe then needed a place to live and her home on the savanna was born. The making of this quilt was one of the few times where my head let my imagination rule and it was pure joy to create."
"Great Sand Dunes"
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Great work. I love the snow capped mountains and all of the applique work here. The artist, Jenshipthreads, says: " I started making landscape quilts a few years ago when I decided to make a wall hanging that paid tribute to the tallest mountain in Colorado that my father and I had hiked together. I gave this gift to my parents for Christmas and it was a big hit with them and the rest of the family as well. Since I enjoyed making the wall hanging so much, I continued to take photographs on nature hikes and pick the best to be appliqued and turned into a landscape quilt. This particular quilt is in honor of the Great Sand Dunes National Park, which is one of the most unique landscapes that I have ever been to! The tall sand dunes, and even taller Sangre De Cristo mountains behind them is an amazing site; standing on the top of the dunes is even better".

++++++As promised, here is Part 2 of our beautiful Landscape quilts. Edna/President, Quilts and Heirlooms team

Friday, August 6, 2010

Handmade Landscape Quilts PART 1

"Life on the Farm"
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As I grew up on a farm, this field scene is so familiar. The artist, DD Boutique, says, "The title of this quilt is "Life on the Farm." It was inspired by the Ohio Amish country. It feels so peaceful and calm in the farm land. I couldn't resist combining my new love for landscape quilting with the peaceful and serine feel on the farm land. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it."

"Manistique Lighthouse"
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I could sit out by the lighthouse and fish all day. The artist, Northernskyquilts says " This quilt features the wonderful lighthouse in Manistique, Michigan. The lighthouse was constructed using a couple of different red fabrics, subtle but you can see the lighthouse is not just one red. I think that gives the lighthouse more dimension. The lighthouse beacon has a large Swarovski crystal placed on hand painted fabric. The rocks for the breakwater were free-form cut using several fabrics. The large seagull has wings that are three dimensional.
"Lonely Road"
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I love the highway scene in this work of art, and see it as the road to nowhere. To me, it has a membrance of walking off life's troubles. Walk to the end of this road, and all of your troubles are gone. LOL. The artist, Clothscapes says, "This is an area near where I grew up, I would walk here when I wanted time to be alone. When I look at this I still get that sense of peacful solitude. Wallhanging quilt made with raw edged applique".

"Midsummer Moon quilt! "
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This cutie was made my SylvanQuilts. This reminds me of a nice summer night. She says, "This stunning one-of-a-kind quilted wall-hanging depicts a glowing full moon over a quiet mountain lake. It contains 25 different fabrics and is machine quilted using a raw edge applique technique. A sprinkle of beads on the flowers has been added for sparkle. The butterfly and some of the flowers and leaves are three-dimensional and lift off the surface of the quilt slightly to add depth and interest. This piece is from my own original pattern".

"The Barn"
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Don't cha just love the look of this old barn, and the country look? This magnificient piece was made by LauraGlassArtQuilts. She says, "This piece is based on an old barn near our house. The weather-beaten paint, the dappled light of the trees in early summer and the cheery flower box all caught my eye. I used raw edge applique of commercial cotton fabrics and hand-dyed batiks to re-create this simple, homey scene".

"Calm Harbor"
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This cute harbor/sailing boat scence was created by Artistryinfabric. A lot of work went into creating this beautiful sunny day scene. Aren't you ready to sail now???

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This is an original design by Nmac52. I love the mountain/pyramid look on this little gem. She says, "a landscape which includes mountains, a lake, hills and pine trees. Red bunches of flowers are in the foreground. This piece of art is machine stitched; it has a black border and a batik green fabric frame which is quilted with a free-motion design."

"The hills of Summer"
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This is a special "tree" quilt that was made by HummingbirdTreasures. Notice the lovely coordinated colors of the earthtone fields with the tree sitting amidst. She says, " It is very special to me in that it is my first landscape quilt and I used this to teach myself how to do it. It has a companion coming soon - "the hills of autumn".

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This cute baby landscape quilt is made by BBsForBabies. She says "I had the best time making that quilt and did it as part of a monthly design challenge through my ETSY kids team". Love the sun, sky, clouds, and the animals on this one.

NOTE: I, Edna, President of the Quilts and Heirlooms team have always admired the great talent and beauty that Landscape Quilts posess. Many designers of Landscape Quilts spend many, many hours selecting the "perfect" fabrics that will bring their imagination to fruition. Above are just a few of the beautiful landscape quilts from some of the most talented designers/quiltmakers on Etsy. Stay tuned for PART ll.

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