The thing that keeps coming to mind when I think of Brown Blue and Sage is the view out of the window of my studio, especially on sunny days this time of year. I see the beautiful blue sky, sparkling Mt. Jupiter, the hills covered in evergreens and not so beautiful, scrubby, bare alder trees. I decided to try capturing the scene with free motion stitching.
For this piece, I decided to just stitch the mountain, without the alders and power lines cluttering the view. I used circles for the neighbor's fields, spirals for the mountain and lines for the clouded sky
For the alder trees, I used a very messy, sketchy line. I stitched as I looked at them out the window. Lines are going every which way. It was fun to actually draw with the sewing machine. I'm not a very confident drawer and I have a feeling it shows. I did have a lot of fun doing it and didn't really worry about how it turned out.
My final sketch was the tree line. I used straight lines for the trees and swirls for the sky. I actually did a mirror image of the view out my window because of the way the fabric was moving as I stitched.
After quilting, my next task is making more fabric paper to fit the color scheme. These are the background papers that I thought. Brown blue and sage seems to be a popular color scheme, as I had no problem finding a plethora of choice in my stash.
We are twelve quilt artists who embarked on an art challenge together. We're from different places throughout the world and our artistic styles vary, but we share a love of art quilting and a desire to play, experiment, learn, and grow.
For four years (2007-2011), we each made a 12x12 inch quilted art piece on a designated theme or palette. See our Theme Series and our Colorplay series.
For the 2012 Series, we changed things a bit and made rectangular pieces, 20x12 inches with roughly 10 weeks between each challenge. As before, we had a designated theme for each challenge.
We shared our process, progress, and results on this blog. It remains a key record of our rich collaboration.