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Techniques used were classic patchwork , rough edge applique and hand embroidery.
Inspiration for Quilt:
I live near a large Amish community. On any given Sunday, the Amish are on the main road in their carriages going to church. On one occassion, I saw this young man following behind the carriage on his bike. He was well dressed, in his Sunday suit. It was a cold, windy fall day. Suddenly, a gust of wind came up and swooped his hat off his head and tumbled down the road. He quickly got off his bike to retrieve it. For this piece, I tried to create a pictorial quilt of this scene. I wanted the border with the star to be somewhat plain, like the Amish, which is why I used the brown and made the stars brown. The border was designed to simply frame the picture.
Challenges you experienced with design:
Up until now, I had not done a "lanscape" piece. I bought a book and used it as a guideline for the background. Auditioning fabrics, mostly Batiks, by pining them on me full size drawing of the quilt. For the tree, I sat one Sunday and cut out sooo many leaves, ironed them on with fuseable web and only stitched them down with one embroidery stitch. Making the leaves 3 D and lift for effect. The bike I found embroidered on a friends t-shirt. I took a picture of it and used that for the bike. This project has been a journey and the boy truely is my "Amish Star".