For this month’s Quilting Arts Magazine ‘In the Garden’ Reader Challenge, I was initially thinking of a flower garden with bright colors – but I just wasn’t getting inspired. So I went to my image collection and found this photo I took a couple of years ago of a clump of iris leaves in the sun. I love the light and dark patterns created by the sun and shadows.
Then I found this beautiful fabric in my stash – it has a gradation from dark to light green. It’s the fabric on the top, folded so you can see all the different shades of green. On the bottom are several coordinating solid and tone-on-tone green fabrics. I’m excited about using this limited color palette to make an art quilt. It’s going to be almost completely about value – ensuring there is enough difference in value so the leaves can be distinguished from each other.
I’ll enhance the foreground leaves with thread work, and I’m going to experiment with tulle over the leaves in the back, so they will fade into the background and make the scene appear more three-dimensional.
Here’s what I’ve done so far. I like how it’s looking.
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