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Thread: Not Happy With My First Art Quilt Attempt

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsb142
    I love it. I think your interpretation of the picture is wonderful.

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    Ditto for me.

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    Have you asked the same question on the class discussion forum at QU? That's what they're there for...so fellow students and the instructor can help you with any questions you have about the class. Any question at all.

    The way you interpret a photograph and translate it into a different medium is never going to be the same as the way anyone else would interpret it. If you ask 20 people what to do, you will get 20 answers. ;)

    Make it your own, the way you see it, not the way someone else does. Learn to trust yourself and your own intuition about your art. Follow where it leads you and enjoy the journey. You're doing just fine...relax. :D

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    I see a flatness that suggests a lack of depth perception in your landscape quilt. On the left side, you could overlay another darker, duller layer of grasses, so that they look like they are receding back to the mountains.

    Embroidery would help to change the sharp deliniation between grass and mountain. See the line of the grasses where the fabric ends. Some grasses should be lifted up blowing in the wind, defying the boundary.

    Your White mountains tend to shine forward, instead of recede into the horizon. Maybe a gray would push them back.

    I think you've done a wonderful job with the stonework, the fence and flower pots. Personally, I'd like to see some embroidered details, which will outline and enhance them even more. All in all, congratulations on your good work.

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    I dont know what you dont like. I think its great! Alot better than I could ever think of doing. Dont be so hard on yourself.

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    It is great for your first try...But I'll tell you what I see...The brick on the hse should be more muted...that fabric you used too busy...that's my opinion...Other then that it is very nice...good job

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    My trying-to-be-constructive criticism is that I think you're paying too much attention to the fabric textures and not enough to the fabric tones. Your mountain fabric is lighter and brighter than your sky fabric, and it should be the other way around. Your grass fabric is neat, but there's no depth-of-field (the grasses don't get smaller as the picture deepens) and the line where the grass ends at the top is a little abrupt - maybe some thread painting there would help both issues.
    All in all, I think your quilt is really neat!!! I LOVE the block fabric you picked for the house!

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    Quote Originally Posted by catrancher
    Quote Originally Posted by redmadder
    Wonderful. Now, the tree next to the house seems too dark. Can you go lighter? Remember the foreground for balance. Wow. Wish I had the talent you do.
    Thank you. I see what you are talking about. I think I can do something with thread . . . make some branches (like blood vessels--sort of) so that there's less green and more brown.
    First, may I commend you for trying this new medium of quilting.

    I too thought the tree looked out of balance in size & density as compared to the original. It does not look light & airy next to the house, but large & dense.

    That said, I am by no means artist. It is all in my head with no talented way to come out. So therefore, take what you want of what I said & leave behind what you don't :)

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    First, I'm no artist. Not even a little bit, but I'll tell you what I see and you decide for yourself what you think about it.

    The thing that jumps out at me is the stone in the house. I think the colors have too much contrast. They need variation, but it needs to be muted.

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    i think you're doing an excellent job...honest

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    I am not sure what you don't like about this, I think you are doing great. I might have chosen a more subtle fabric for the cottage, but that is just my preference. I love the flowers and trees placement as well as the cottage roof. Remember, As artists we are always more critical of our own work.

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    What the hey! It's gggggggggggggggggggggggorgeous and your very own interpretation...can't wait to see the finished art!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kas
    Hmmm. Well, I think maybe the mountain in the background is just too light. Can you use a fabric dye or paint to make it a softer, darker color? Like the other mt. next to the other side of the house.
    Hm. That's an interesting observation. I actually used the wrong side of the fabric to make it lighter, but I could definitely use a marker or thread to darken it. Thanks.

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    I read your message w/ much interest as I have been collecting fabric to give a try at this same thing. I feel you are doing a wonderful job and no way did I feel you were fishing for compliments, one of the reasons I love this message board we can come here and get straight answers w/o being critizied {spelling?} Ay first glance the tree is too solid & the flower pot doesn't blend in...just my humble opinion for what its worth...keeping going as I am anxious to see what you change.

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    I'm thinking maybe the issue is with the "bricklike" fabric of the house on the side closest to the trees. It is kind of busy and it takes the focus from the other details. Could you use the same "stonelike" fabric that you used for the end of the house?

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    It IS a work of art! Really nice so far. I would darken the mountain a bit and make the tree in the center ... less dense I guess is what I am trying to say. If you really don't like it I'll be happy to finish it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    This is just my opinion, but what I see in most landscape quilts that work best are that the fabrics for grass, buildings etc. are not literal. Meaning, they aren't fabrics that are printed with stone, or grass patterned fabric. They tend to be the same color way as the objects, but the patterning with thread is what gives it life and the interpretation of the viewer adds to the interest of the piece.
    I think you may have nailed it. Lots of thread to tone down the harsh lines in the fabric maybe? Or...start over. I haven't decided yet.

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    You've got to be kidding. That quilt is fantastic. Very complicated and very appealing. Good job.

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    Wow, that is beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluelady
    The sky, the hills .. wonderful! The only problem I see, and since you are only 1/3 finished I bet this "problem" will go away.. is the front lawn. The horizon line is too harsh, but once you get the tree and the fence and other details in it will tone it down. Is that what is bothering you about it? Your final embellishments will definitely smooth it out and make it flow.
    Your fabric choices are awesome.. love the roof and the walkway and the stone fence. Remember, as you said, you still have 2/3 of it to go!
    I think you will love it when finished!
    I appreciate your optimism and that of the others of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish
    My trying-to-be-constructive criticism is that I think you're paying too much attention to the fabric textures and not enough to the fabric tones. Your mountain fabric is lighter and brighter than your sky fabric, and it should be the other way around. Your grass fabric is neat, but there's no depth-of-field (the grasses don't get smaller as the picture deepens) and the line where the grass ends at the top is a little abrupt - maybe some thread painting there would help both issues.
    All in all, I think your quilt is really neat!!! I LOVE the block fabric you picked for the house!

    Yes, I see what you mean. I have my thread work cut out for me, I think. Thanks to everyone for your helpful comments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catrancher
    This is just my opinion, but what I see in most landscape quilts that work best are that the fabrics for grass, buildings etc. are not literal. Meaning, they aren't fabrics that are printed with stone, or grass patterned fabric. They tend to be the same color way as the objects, but the patterning with thread is what gives it life and the interpretation of the viewer adds to the interest of the piece.

    Agree with the above. The grass in particular. Perhaps find another smaller print or almost solid, then intersperse a tuffet or two from this print, especially along the walls. Dont' be afraid to try several different fabrics together.

    Also, the tree on the left corner of the house. Instead of cutting from a single piece of fabric, try several pieces of fabric - 2 -3 different fabrics showing light and dark. That will help give it a more realistic look (if indeed that is what you are aiming for).

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    You are kidding. You did a great job. The only thing I may add if possible is the fence, It really looks great. Good Job

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    I agree with what has been said about the big tree. It is too big and too solid. Your eyes are drawn to that big green thing. Don't be afraid of putting another layer of fabric over top of it. Construct your new tree on one of those teflon sheets, you can put some of the building's blocks in the background between your branches and use a lighter green for the leaves. I've had to do thins like that with my stained glass wall banners for church. It will work and you will be happier with the results. You're doing a good job over all.

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    Your quilt looks wonderful =) I'm making an art quilt right now (my first) as part of a challenge project for a quilt show so I know how you feel. In the very beginning I didn't even want to cut the fabric for fear it wasn't the right color or shape. As I've continued working on it I kinda like it now, even with my "mistakes". I've decided the "mistakes" give it interest and character!! I'm almost done and it looks nothing like I had imagined originally but it's more about process and the more I made changes (some just stumbled upon) it was for the better.

    I like your interpretation - keep going and if you aren't sure about an area come back to it later and audition different fabrics. It's going to turn out great.

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