Monthly Archives: January 2015

Cattails and Birds

Cattails at sunrise
Cattails at sunrise

I love working with not only gradated backgrounds, which look like landscapes, but also with silhouettes.  It is so easy to find a shape online, and then cut that shape out of black fabric, and fuse it to something else.

 

Cattails appeal to me in particular, and I have now made 5 or 6 of these small pieces, to go on my etsy store.  (Go to etsy.com, and search for Quiltaruni.)

 

These two pieces have the same background.  As long as I am layering fabrics, I make a piece about 20″ wide, and then cut it into two or three strips.  The strips are not perfectly level, or the same width, which give the layering an organic feel.  I fuse the layers down, and top stitch or do free motion stitching along the edges.  It is amazing how just putting a few pieces of fabric together can suggest a sunrise or sunset!

Bird at Sunrise
Bird at Sunrise

Then, I add a small fusible crystal at the top of each (not shown here), to indicate a star.  Very satisfying!!!

After having taken a driving trip in the winter, I am inspired to do some snowy landscapes as well.  Considering my stash of fabrics, this idea could keep me going for a very long time!