Thursday, July 11, 2013

Rolling Hills Landscapes


We have just returned from vacation; high in the Sierra Nevada mountains that span the length of the California/Nevada border. Here's a little view of Twin Lakes. Yes, believe it or not, that is a glacier highlighted by the sun. Needless to say the water in the lake, as well as Robinson Creek which flows down from the Lakes, is very, very cold. Fabulous place to be on a hot summer day!

Have you ever been on a drive, where you crest over a hill to a vista of rolling hills? Each layer of hills is a different color. Or, a different shade of the same color, getting lighter and lighter as each layer reaches out to the horizon.

That has been the inspiration for my series of Rolling Hills Landscapes. This is Number 6 in the series; this one for a dear friend's birthday. It takes only 2 hours to cut and piece the gentle curves, and I really only began the series so that I would have lovely spaces to put tiny quilted fill patterns. The whole piece is only 24 x 30 inches. I think you can see that I am not finished with the binding.


You only need to lay out a few fat quarters, darkest at the bottom and the lightest at the top. I like about 11 or 12 pieces. Cutting is done free hand, two layers at a time, with the rotary cutter, and the curves are gentle enough for easy piecing.

Here is the first piece in the series; a landscape at sunset. The little circle “sun” just appeared in the hand-dyed fabric that I used for sky. A happy accident that I played up by stitching.

                          “Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.”


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the beautiful photo of the lake. And, your quilts are looking very scenic as well.