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Here you can see what I did.  In the first photo on the right are all three pages. The first is the photo printed off my computer to the scanner, then the sketch I made by tracing the things I wanted. I just used my high tech lightbox………….the window. I traced the elements I wanted; the barn, house, road, fence and the tree line with the basic area the foileage of the trees covered. I changed the road from pavement to appear as a rutted dirt road instead. Then I added some mountains and hill to the background instead of the rock wall. The photo on the left is what I ended up with after copying the first drawing on the scanner and blowing it up 125% which came out to a perfect 11×14 size. This is now the drawing I will work from to create my scene. I will work from the top down. The sky will go on first, the the mountains will be appliqued on, then the hills over the mountains, the the house, once those are in place I will machine sew the ground as one piece and last applique the barn and road on. The other elemets will all be added by all of you. I will continue to post in progress photos so you can see how it goes together.

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Dee’s Desert Photo

Ideas are rolling

Ideas are rolling

I discovered when looking for desert photos that I definitely have a preference for ones near where I grew up in southern New Mexico.  Almost every one I opened was captioned either Tucson or S. NM.  I like the rocks in this one alot but the distance view isn’t too great – needs a mountain on the horizon and more open space in between.  I’m thinking someone could add shading to the mountain and plains area, someone else cactus, plants, texture to the ground and rocks.  I’m not real sure how this will work.  You guys tell me, is this feasable?

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Tuscan Landscape Base

Tuscan Landscape Base

 

Ok..here is my base so far..I added the columns and patio so that it looks like we are looking over the countryside.  I need to stitch that part down and add some shading to the patio floor…Hopefully will be done with creating the base by the end of the weekend…

As far as my vision of what I want on it…Italian cypress trees, flowers in the purple and pink pots, something ferny or maybe a small tree in the red pot, details on the house in the distance, bushes around the house and anything else that looks interesting…(maybe a teeny tiny cow?)

I am going to try to see if I can find some nubby but thin yarn that can be used for the cypress trees…the teacher showed me a cool stitch – the cretan stitch – that if it were done in the right yarn would even look very cypress-y..she had the arms going a little more slanted than the link…but you get the idea…

I almost can’t wait to see what y’all do with it!

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My first post

ok guys, here I am. hopefully this will work.
I’m leaning towards a desert scape. I think Ami’s already got dibs on the rattlesnake – lol. I’m going to go browsing see if I can find a picture to start from. Wonder if I can find any good pictures of desert landscapes (that’s sarcasm – it’s been a long week)

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First of all if you have a photo  of your base or a picture you are thinking of doing post it so we can all see.

I would have a photo today if I could find my digital camera card (I think my daughter did something with it and she is at school). In any case today I  traced the scene I had on the blog……………the house with the barn and the red rock wall in the background. I did this to get the perception correct. Then I enlarged it to 11 x 14 on my copy machine in two sections and taped them together. I also removed the rock background and added mountains instead. The road in the photo is paved with a double yellow line and in the drawing I changed that to a dirt road with ruts for where the tires go down the road. All I am going to do is slap down some sky fabric, applique the 5 different mountain and hills in front of that, add the house, slap down green fabric for the foreground, add the barn and the road and I am done with my base. The photo and the scale drawing will go around with my piece. Now as far as what I really really want on my piece. There is a row of trees along the lines of the house and where the green fabric meets the hills. I want those trees (how the trees are done is up to whoever want to do them)………………………..the rest is up to everyone else. The fence would be nice but not necessary depending on what else is added. I figure things that are not in the photo would be wonderful, flowers, animals, a car, truck, or wagon on the road and whatever else the rest of you come up with. So that is my work on this today and now I just need to make the base…………………a few hours to do that and I am ready to do the exchange.

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Let Get This Going!

Let Get This Going!

 

Hopefully you are all beginning to think about your pieces and what kind of base you are going to be sending. I have been contemplating this for a few weeks now. My hope is that we can exchange bases at the retreat and then take two months to do each round. I say two months because we are all pretty busy and that should give each of us time to do a nice job on each round without feeling rushed.

 

I snapped the above photo the other day. I went out to Willard to visit my friend Hilda and decided to take my camera. This is an old car that is about 3 miles from where I live on Historic Route 66. I have driven by a million times always thinking about that place and decided to hop out and take a few photos of that place. There is another car parked in front of it and old Model T Ford that is totally rusted. I think I am gonna take my camera with me more often when I go places and jsut start snapping photos of interesting stuff.

One last thing is that it would be nice if we had a weekly check in. We can try for Friday. Will that work for all of you? For the check in you can either post a photo of your project or anything else you like or just leave a description of your week.

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Owens River Black Rock Fishing Spot

Karen Winters: Owens River Black Rock Fishing Spot

 I met Karen Winters back in August when I went to one of her shows at Descanso Gardens. I really like her landscape style. Just viewing her paintings is an inspiration and I thought y’all might enjoy them too. The impressionist style seems right up the alley to quilted landscapes as it takes alot of the fussy details out and just leaves the important shapes and colors. Here a link to her gallery on landscapes : http://www.karenwinters.com/pages/landscapes.html and here is a link to her blog: http://karenwinters.com/kblog/

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