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Thread: Not Happy With My First Art Quilt Attempt

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    Senior Member Peggyinno's Avatar
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    OMG, you're doing a GREAT job!! Please don't be so hard on yourself. And remember, when making an art quilt, so much of it doesn't show thru until you do the stitching and embellishing! I love what you've done so far. Keep up the good work.

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    I paint mountains. I would add another row of darker mountains in back ground or add a section of another mountain in front of the mountain. Work from the top of the mountain and make a smaller section, then add a third layer, bringing it to the grass area. But, you should start with the darker in background and come forward with the lighter.

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    First let me say that you are doing amazingly well -- much better than I could. I have always wanted to try an art quilt but have been afraid to. Congratulations for getting the courage and taking the first step. You said that you were not happy with the results so far and unless it was your intention to do so, you may not be happy with it because the color you chose for the large hill behind the house and the color of the sky changed the depth of the picture. If you look at the picture you will see that the hill is darker than the sky and it is reversed on the quilt. That being said, once you add in the fence, it may make all the difference in the world as to how you feel about it. And, don't forget that when you do your quilting and embellishing, a lot will change on the quilt. It is going to be great and I think that you should be very proud of your efforts thus far -your work is far better than I could do. Keep it up and don't forget to post when you are finished.

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    I think you can do a lot with thread to tone down some areas. The fence could be done in thread or with couching. Do some quilting around your objects and I think maybe that will blend things more. Had you used light, medium, darks for some of the items, thread could have made the textures. The way you have done it, do the opposite to define some of the areas. Just observations - I'm impressed with your attempt.

    My mom is an artist - if this makes sense to you, what she would tell you is that you want to give the "impression" of the picture or the suggestion of the object rather than being too literal.

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    It's really pretty, but I think I would have gone with a darker color for the stones of the church. As light as they are, they tend to blend in with the mountains and snow.
    Of course, don't take my word for it cause I've never in my life even attempted anything like that.

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    Catrancher: what is it that you are not pleased with? Have you stood back 20' and looked at it. Sometimes that helps me to put it up on a wall and walk by it for a week or two... being too close to something can cloud your perspective.

    It looks great to me. I love the fabric you did the grass with. :-D

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    I can tell its not complete yet, but so far its looking great!

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    We can all be our own worst critics.
    I think you are doing an amazing job and just need to start playing more with shadows to create some depth. You've done a wonderful job with the fabrics, now put your threads to work. Have fun and play - that is what it's all about, right???

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    I think it looks great.

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    I really LOVE the fabric you are using for the mountain behind the house--perfect. However, the house seems to be floating on top of its little hill--what about a low range of slightly darker foot hills between the blue mountain and the top of the hill? Just a thought--you are doing great!!!

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    Very pretty, I am seeing that you did not put in middle ground, from artist viewpoint there are three areas, background foreground and middle ground, looks to me that, that is what is making it look not quite right.
    Beautiful work though.
    And just another thought that cross beam fence is so pretty, but it would probable make it too busy.
    You should be proud of your work.
    Rita

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    I think you are doing a good job. The only thing that seems off to me is the ratio of roof to house and you are missing the dark line under the roof that indicates it has an overhang. You are going to end up with a beautiful art quilt! Don't get discouraged or give up. Love your choices of material!! :thumbup:

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    That is so beautiful! What is it about it that you don't like?

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    I think its great. If I could add my tuppence worth, I would have cut the grass into the fronds at the top instead of rounding it off. Perhaps make the house a bit taller. You are coming on a treat, I am loving it.

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    I think you are being far too hard on yourself. This is a first attempt at a new skill and your art quilt looks good. will it get better as you add more ? Probably. Will your second or third art quilt look better than your first - of course!

    Frankly, I think it looks amazing considering this is your first one. Definitely has some of the feel of the photo. So finish, and even if it doesn't meet your own standards of beauty - keep it . Then when you have done 2 or 3 more you can look back and admire how much you have improved.

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    Ok,, not a compliment I would say the tree is too dark, and the red pot to red, they jump out. It is lovely tho, nice job.

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    I am one of these that gets very discouraged when partially through with a project. Somehow, I don't have the vision to be able to see the finished article. Thank goodness for my husband hounding me to keep on going. He is an artist...stained glass (draws his own patterns) woodworking, pen & pencil drawings.....My partially finished projects ALWAYS turn out so much better in the end. PLEASE keep going. You will be totally surprised & probably very pleased with the final artistic piece.

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    Thank you for your kind comments and encouragement. You've given me a lot of good ideas.

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    Is this the finished quilt or still in progress?

    I think it would benefit greatly with some thread painting to add interest, shading etc.

    Other than that, your interpretation is wonderful!

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    Based on some of the comments about the tree and jar too dark etc, again, this can be toned down with different shades of thread and thread painted ... I don't mean a thick, all-over thread painting, but to add bits of branches, browns or tans to add shading to the red jar ... that kind of thing.

    I think you will be really surprised and delighted with this when you finish it.

    For a first attempt, you did great!

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    Seriously, it's beautiful and I can't wait for the thread to be sewn on. It's striking.

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    I think you are doing a wonderful job of recreateing the picture you took. I think you may be too hard on yourself. Finish it. It is beauty,thank you for shareing. Rose Marie Smith from Newcastle,Ca.

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    Maybe the cloudy area could go a bit darker? It is so hard to decide where you should be completely literal (like in the size of the grass "plants" or abstract. I am so picky about making a picture that completely matches the image that I don't attempt this type of work right now. Good job!

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    maybe all the kitties are gettin' to ya. hahaha that is artistic and beautiful by any stretch of the imagination. keep at it the way you have been and be sure to let us follow your progress! great work!

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    maybe all the kitties are gettin' to ya. hahaha that is artistic and beautiful by any stretch of the imagination. keep at it the way you have been and be sure to let us follow your progress! great work!

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