I have known what book I wanted to use for this year’s banned book project since last year’s project. I typically do not procrastinate. I have however, put other projects in front of this one and time has run out, it was do or die.
Deciding what to do was my challenge. I am not an artist, I don’t draw, so to capture a picture in fabric was daunting for me. After many ideas, this one came together last night as I was doing it.
I found the perfect “fence” fabric in my stash. My original idea was to use the front side of the fabric as the fence and do the lettering on the backside to give it the whitewashed look. I ran into two difficulties. One, the front was too dark and the lettering didn’t show up. Two, I pressed my fusible on the back side for the lettering (which is what you typically do) instead of the right side of the fabric since I needed wanted the backside to show.
Plan B. I used the backside of the fabric for the fence and white Kona for the lettering.
I didn’t really plan to go beyond that because of time, but as I was working I thought I could add grass to the bottom. I found a printed green fabric that would work well and did two layers for dimension. The backside of the fabric I added in the background and then the darker over it. I just did lots of snipping across the top for a grass look and left that part unfused to the background. Variegated green thread was haphazardly added for grass highlights.
You can’t have a whitewashed fence without a bucket and brush. Fortunately I have a lot of scraps already with fusible on them that I keep, just because. Not that I do much applique, but you never know. I used a brown oil stick to darken the top of the paint can and of course white “paint” on the side of the bucket.
I remembered that Tom exchanged his work for payment in goods including marbles. I used beads from a broken necklace that I had kept.
The final touch was the fishing pole that gives the illusion that Tom is on his way to his favorite place. A stick, some twine and small beads (for the worm) were used.
I didn’t bind the quilt. Instead I pinked the edges as it seemed to fit the rustic nature of the quilt.
Over all I am thrilled with how it came together. For me it was just a matter of starting and letting the process happen.
Have you stepped outside your comfort zone lately?
Enjoy the Journey, Jackie