Ash in Autumn

15 Feb 2010
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Ash in Autumn

By Suzanne Riggio



When I was recovering from surgery one October, I lay in bed looking out the window. The view was this breathtaking ash tree clad in glorious yellow.  After I found a wonderful quote about “Autumne” by Spenser,  I decided to depict the scene in an art quilt.

I found a blue reminiscent of the fall sky and proceeded to use painted fusibles, beads, ribbons, yarns, cords, painted netting, and lots of embroidery stitches to render a crazy version of the overwhelming yellow.  I made 2 “windows” in black yardage to lay over the yellow pieces and proceeded to paint lace in that same yellow hue.  I overlaid the lace on lamé letters to quote Spenser and sewed them down. 

Then I put the project away among a stack of fabrics on a table.  Much later, when I needed a small chunk of black for something else I was working on, I reached into this stack and unknowingly whacked off a corner of my Ash in Autumn quilt top.

How can I save this quilt?


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pandabolt wrote
on 15 Feb 2010 4:36 PM

Suzanne,  I love your created yellow tree.  Have you considered whacking off the other side of the piece producing the suggestion of a banner?  Or do you have more of the fabric in the windows that you would make some leaves from and add them as an applique in that corner?

Jaynie wrote
on 15 Feb 2010 4:54 PM

How about round off both  the lower corners.  Repeating the curves in the "u's of your printing.

gpkerrigan wrote
on 16 Feb 2010 5:16 PM
karen lamppa wrote
on 25 Feb 2010 11:38 AM

One of my teachers planned to enter a competition, but realized that her piece was too small for the required size.  She quilted a second piece and bound them together at the top only and let the 2 pieces hang together loosely.  The corner could be a continuation of the black with subtle beading or incorporate a window piece, or date, or a word, initials.  I personally would do the beading.  Very elegant piece: don't do too much more to it other than fill-in the square.  I also like the idea of a banner look and perhaps in that case adding a subtle beaded fringe to the bottom.  Can't wait to see what you do!!!

on 25 Feb 2010 11:54 AM

Your  trees are quite beautiful!  The words below though seem to overpower them and draw the eye away from the windows.  I think they are too large for the size of the windows ......... I could be wrong though..........what do others think ?

ctscharlie wrote
on 25 Feb 2010 1:46 PM

I love the trees through the window concept and execution, but I do find the printing a  bit overwhelming  - very bold in contrast to a very gentle tree view. that being said, I love the print face and the saying itself. Is there any way to make it more subtle?

CatherineS 

ctscharlie wrote
on 25 Feb 2010 1:46 PM

I love the trees through the window concept and execution, but I do find the printing a  bit overwhelming  - very bold in contrast to a very gentle tree view. that being said, I love the print face and the saying itself. Is there any way to make it more subtle?

CatherineS 

sandy10 wrote
on 9 Mar 2010 2:29 PM

My idea is a little off the wall (but that's me). In colors echoing what's already in the trees, put the suggestion of a pillow and blanket/quilt at the bottom (a bed post would be too much). The cut out angle made me think immediately of one of those wedge-type pillows or a foot under a bed covering.

I would also be inclined to add some dark colored beading to the lettering. Laying strip of a squared bead along thick portions of the lettering (like 1/3 in from edge) would calm it down color-wise and add a bit of spark to it.

chrissiebee wrote
on 6 Apr 2010 8:12 AM

Hi Suzanne, Have just seen your beautiful piece.  If you haven't already done something, I would add my suggestion that you trim the black edges to the same width as the centre window frame to lessen the impact of the black and draw the eye back to the gorgeous tree. If there isn't enough fabric to trim equally under the text, could you applique the piece onto a blue background with just a narrow strip showing?

Chrissie