--- Design and complete
a small work using fall colors. Your choice of fall colors can be used
in any design you choose from leaves, trees, changing seasons, or any
other interpretation, realistic,
representational or abstract, that you might have of the theme.
--- Add at least one 3-D element to the work in order to incorporate
a sense of depth. A very broad example would be anything that
is added on top of the quilt surface.
hand dyed and hand painted fabrics as well as commercial prints. Heat-distressed
cellophane and tyvek, hand-made felt beads, novelty yarns.
I wanted to create the feeling of a distant tropical island. The rocks
on the foreground were created from painted and heated Tyvek
and there are unique hand-made beads hidden in the trees and rocks.
Remembering New England
11-1/2 x 8-3/4”
Cotton and twigs from yard
Mountains were appliqued photo transfers,
ground covering the "dog
ears" from triangles covered with tulle. Also did some
raw edge appliqueing and thread painting. The 3D item was a twig
from the yard for the bare tree on the left. This was sent to
Ami Simms for her Alzheimer's auction.
30 x 40 “
Batiks, pieced and fused applique construction;
free-motion quilted with King Tut thread.
Del Mar, California
Autumn in Torrey
Hand dyed fabrics; expanda paint with mica for rocks; fibre etched,
My inspiration was the trip I just returned from last week. Torrey,
Utah is one of my favorite places. The mix of the red cliffs to the
east and the fall colors of the Fishlake mountains to the west is breathtaking.
8 x 10.5”
Cynthia Ann Morgan
16 x 22"
Hand dyed fabrics, fused applique, trapunto, and lots of free motion
The 3D elements are individual little
quilts that are pieced or fused and stiffened with a glue & water
solution to hold the curvy shape and come off the surface for a bit
more depth. I was going for both movement (with the varying positions
of the leaves and the quilting lines) and depth (with the trapunto
on the tree, varying sizes of the leaves indicating some close and
some farther away, as well as the little 3D quilt blocks which cast
shadows). My traditional roots show up...the smallest 3D quilt block
is the traditional pieced block called Maple Leaf.
Elizabeth A. Dawson
Autumn in Albuquerque
23 x 19 “
Commercial and handdyed fabric
The idea behind it was--Autumn here in
the Southwest is usually a little later than in other parts of the
country. When I looked
around, I saw a lot of green still, and what I really noticed was an
abundance of yellow and purple flowers. So I knew that I would
use the new yellow/purple fabric that I handdyed a couple weeks ago. As
for the 3-D element, I have been wanting to do a quilt with the pleats
that are a different color on each side, and this was the perfect opportunity. I
used green on one side, and the yellow/purple on the other side to
symbolize the change of the seasons from Spring and Summer greens to
Fall. The background is black with irregular dots of yellow,
tan, greens and turquoise-- colors of the SW.
Road to the Sun
4” x 6”
cotton fabric, fusible web, yarn
I love the Sandhills of Nebraska and
this piece shows how one can stand and see varying colors for miles
while the road seems to never end. It can be very hot in the
summer and is home to a multitude of bird species.
13 ½ x 13”
cotton fabrics, fusing, yarns
First I pieced the background and put together with the batting and
backing and quilted the piece. Next I added the fused Halloween fabrics...ghosts,
pumpkins, black cat, spiderweb bats and a long snake-like strip across
the quilt.. to this I stitched fluffy yarn.the double faced leaves
I stitched only down the spines and kind of curled the edges. I hand
sewed a plastic spider on the web in the leaves. The size came to be
quite a suprise to me as I just trimmed the edges with my rotary cutter
and no ruler. I finished the edges with an overcast stitch and next
added more fluffy yarn to complete my quilt. I made Spooky Autumn
and then decided it needs to hang by one corner just one little plastic
ring to hang.
San Leandro, CA
22 x 14”
Pieced cotton and silk
I freehand cut a piece of silk, and sewed
it back together inserting the branch shapes using Rosalie Dace's
'Skinny Bit' technique. Borders
were added, and more branches were added closer to the foreground.
The entire quilt was constructed very intuitively without plans or
Fall in the South
commercial fabrics, fake leather, silk magnolia leaves, bulky knitting
yarn, glass barrel beads
Autumn in Mississippi shows us the seeds and pods of magnolia trees
- they look remarkably like what I've made. The messy looking seed
pod is hand knitted bulky yarn, and the seeds are just about that same
size and shape in real life.
Just Beyond the Next Hill
8.5 X 11"
The sky is unbleached muslin painted with acrylics.
Cotton prints make the hills, wrong sides used for the road.
chiffon and tulle
Fall Maple Leaves #1
In my quilting, I rarely use the "common" fall colors,
so this was an
added challenge for me. I began with a couple of maple leaf sunprints
in "my" colors, then did a few with some peachy orange, some
deep, and some pale, all still containing some pink in them. The depth
was created using "silk" leaves peeled of their plastic
stems, applique'd on with gold thread quilting in the veins of the
leaves. I was amazed to find the "silk" leaves that looked
so real looking, some in burgundy shades.
10 inches by 12 inches
canvas, denim, sateen. perle cotton
I used the image of a stalk of wheat from last summer's travels
as inspiration. I wanted a simple yet distinctive image that gave the
impression of wheat gentle waves.
Valerie Paige Stiles
San Diego, CA
Waves of Grain
Fabric - fleece, 2 layers poly batting, techniques
- braiding, machine piecing, applique & quilting.
I had wanted to do something with
wheat and when the challenge came up I thought that would be perfect. After
all, harvesting crops is very Autumn like. The quilting provides the depth
crop rows heading off into the distance. The 3D element is the braided wheat
which was machine appliqued to creating the hairy wisps.
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