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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Langenfeld from Landscapes in Fabric

Inspiration Comes from Everywhere

Happy Day! News from another addicted fabric art quilter!

I thought you'd like to see the work of Kathy H from Michigan because she made this wonderful fabric landscape after being inspired while watching Dr. Zhivago on television!

The first picture is Kathy's Quilt.

The second picture is the screen shot (literally) right from her television.

Here's what she wrote to me:

I have only been doing this work for a little over 2 years. I am so hooked on art quilting and study everything I can.

You were on the instructors list at AQS Daytona and I thought I was going to be able to attend, but I couldn’t get away at that time it turns out. I would have loved to have taken a class from you, so, instead, I signed up for your emails and read your blog. Loved the photos of your students’ work in your last blog from the “beginning” landscape class! They were beautiful!

My Zhivago quilt was a labor of love as well as a real challenge. The scene is the old cottage that is near the ice palace only it is spring with all the yellow daffodils in bloom. I changed the color of the path and added the mother and child. The quilt is titled “Spring Hope” for the hope that comes with spring, 54” x 24”.

The cottage was made as a separate element off of the quilt and made (one) board at a time. I had the perfect cotton print fabric which helped! The tree leaves were done with a confetti technique with tulle and wash away stabilizer. The tree trunks had marker and paint added for dimension. The distant yellow flowers were cut from a realistic yellow flower print. I had to paint wash the yellow with transparent paint before fusing and cutting as the yellow wasn’t bright enough. The flowers in the foreground were done (with) confetti without tulle for a bit of a 3D look. I used FMQ to stitch all. I did not add a binding to the quilt but, instead, did a facing. Oh! And the dried briar/vines growing up the side of the cottage porch on the left was done with needle felting using wool roving plus a few tiny bits of burgundy batik mixed in, then heavily FM stitched.

Marvelous inspiration, right? Guess it pays to watch the tube! Got a fun piece to send this way? Please do!

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