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Tuscan Landscape

Tuscan Landscape

Here is that sample Tuscan Landscape I was showing y’all at Retreat….there are more at http://muralsandfaux.blogspot.com/2008/06/tuscan-landscape-murals.html

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Base done

cq-landscape-base1Well I liked  my drawing better than the actual thing, but here is my base.  I think that once embellished, it will look great.

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Under the sea pattern

I kind of designed my pattern on EQ6 today.  At least it will give me a guideline to follow.under-the-sea-block

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Here is more progress on my base. I have been experimenting with applique for the montains and the hills. Since I love needleturn applique that is what I chose to do. I have made templates for each shape and beginning from the sky forward I am adding each fabric. The one photo just shows the mountains in the background. I have cut out the foreground hills and pinned them in place. The one in the right will be sewn on first, then the middle and last the one on the left. Once these are in place I will add the house in the background. The house and the barn will both be paper pieced and then these sections will be appliqued in place. When the house is attached the green forground will be machine sewn on as one big strip, the barn will then be put into place. The road in the foreground will be put in place last. I will applique the road then then applique on the two ruts in the road. Once that is all done I will stitch around the piece with a large basting stitch to keep all the slippery fabics stable and also to define the edges of the composition.

You might be wonering about the applique. I am making sure that the needle goes thru all the way to the back of the muslin to ensure that the piece is stable. A little at a time this piece is slowly taking shape.

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Ocean theme?

What do you guys think about an ocean theme?  Would something like http://www.vintagevogue.com/html/rita_ellison-goff.html be too abstract?

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Cypress Trees

I think I found the right fiber for the cypress trees ..it’s a wool embroidery thread that after you stitch, you brush with a piece of velcro or a small stiff brush (I used an emery board…) and it fuzzes up and looks fluffy…will bring samples to Retreat so you can see..and will include thread with the base.

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