Monday, June 20, 2011

What do you admire about a tree? How quilting in the green with swirls takes on a whole different meaning than mimciking blades of grass...

                         
While creating this small piece inspired by Lindy Gruger Hanson's, "I Dreamt of a Stack of Moons", I initially was focussed on the trunk representing strength and wanting an erratic colorful leaf to be amidst the greens, but as I quilted....

Roots  became my focus.....And the green that orignially I had planned as grass and Roxy would mimick spears of grass....became....


Whimsical swirling roots of the tree...Never thought that a blank space such as this green strip could then offer options that would change what was the representation of the color....



My fmq novice tip of the day.....WHen using a print with a set direction such as this brown and gold on the outer border, choose with purpose then accentuate the print already there.  I have seen this square fmq design on 365 days of Quilting and also on a quilt by Victoria and love the sense of squares that pop due to stitching going vertical then diagonal and so forth......

And.... the wavy roots can take on a different connotation, Sean's love for the ocean and surfing is handed down to Noah...it's in the family roots!

Love, EM

3 comments:

LynCC said...

I love the roots! very, very cool. Hey, Em - do you have a favorite thread to quilt with? I'm about to "go all Em" on a wall-hanging that my 13yo put together but doesn't want to do the quilting. It will be fun!

Cathy said...

I love it. It is so fantastic. Hugs.

Sonia said...

Cool! I like it. :)

Have a great week!

God bless and keep you,
Sonia