This series of six quilts was made as a commission for someone who plans to hang the quilts along her spiral staircase.
It was the best commission ever! I took the photos and she chose the ones she liked best.
Each quilt is the same size, 12″ x 22″ and bordered with the same fabric. But that’s where the similarity ends!
They are all beautiful places in Israel — that’s why I enjoyed making them so much!
Last year at the summer workshops of the Israel Quilter’s Association I started a piece based on my photo at the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). The workshop was taught by Maya Schonenberger. It was great! Maya is exceptional. Her work is exquisite and we all learned tons.
Scenes from the Holy Land: Sea of Galilee is my rendition of the shores of lake Kinneret, located in the Galilee in Northern Israel. The Sea of Galilee is our main source of water and due to a severe drought water levels have been a great concern over the past few years.
This is the first of a series of Kinneret quilts I am planning. I think this part of the country is beautiful and I have tried to convey this in my quilt. I hope you too can appreciate the countryside by peering into the waters of my work. I used numerous fabrics to depict the rocks and mountains.
Dimensions: 19″w x 15″h / 48cm x 38.5cm
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I have finally reached a point where the basis for this landscape art quilt is done. The design is my interpretation of the photo. I think you can see the two banks connected by a bridge. That’s what I was going for. The images are appliqued. The overall look will still change a lot once I start thread painting using free motion machine quilting techniques.
I had a great time at the fabric shop finding the right fabrics for my stone walls. It always energizes to visit the shop and be surrounded by beautiful fabrics. It’s like a candy store!
This project has been an education in proportion and perspective. The land and slopes are now in place. I need to add the foliage.If I did it right, you can sense the 3D quality. I really like the effect under the bridge. It looks like another land I would like to visit.
Here’s the latest version.
Whew. This has been a real challenge. I worked intensively on the right side of the river and this is what I have come up with. The method I used is called collage. I allowed a play between dark and light greens to give the feel of a hillside. I’d be glad to hear what you think. Is it too busy? I think I like it. I need to leave it and come back to it.
This morning I decided the flatness of the sides and the bridge rendered the quilt ineffective. So, back to the drawing board. I worked on the lightness:darkness ratio, (known as color value), on the bridge. I didn’t even tackle the sides of the river though I did remove them… So here is the current rendition. Sometimes if you take a break from a project, you may realize you do not like parts of it. You can always shift things around and rework them. Don’t give up. Look at the next iteration as a lesson learned. I say this as much for myself as for anyone who may be reading this blog.
I have laid out the elements in the scene using cotton fabric. It still looks very 2-dimensional because I haven’t added any embellishment or quilting yet. The quilting will bring out the depth in the piece. I will embellish with textiles, such as silk, lace, yarn, tulle and bits of colorful fibers. For now you can make out the basic scene. Compare it to the photo upon which this work is based.
My newest piece is based on a photo I took at the Ein Hemed National Park in Israel. The idea is to go from photo to fabric. Here is the photo:
I’m working on this project in the context of an online course I am taking from the Quilt University, called On Land and Sea by Susan Brittingham.
I’m up to the stage where I am choosing fabrics that will mirror this beautiful view. I especially like the window into the forest formed by the arch of the bridge. I’ll post some more photos as I progress in this new quilt art challenge.
If you look at my newest piece, Along the Jordan River, I hope you can imagine walking along the water’s edge in northern Israel. The water’s movement is achieved by shifting fabrics slightly to show the flow and direction of the water. My family tells me it looks like a painting to them, though I used only fabric, thread and yarn.
I learned the techniques for this piece at a workshop taught by Phyllis Cullen.
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