Lutheran Church of the Advent

3 Apr 2012
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A landscape quilt of the Lutheran Church of the Advent in Spartanburg made as part of an Arts Partnership grant I received to create ten landscape quilts and five thread paintings on silk of historic and notable places in Spartanburg, South Carolina, my county.

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annturley wrote
on 4 Apr 2012 4:27 PM

Beautiful and very realistic. What is the size?

joraines wrote
on 4 Apr 2012 7:57 PM

Thank you! It's wall hanging size, maybe 36" x 42" (it's at my Dad's where I am working on these so can't measure it just now! LOL!).  They are all wall hanging sized with most about this size and a few will be smaller.

Kathy McNeil wrote
on 7 Apr 2012 2:06 PM

wonderful love the intense colors

joraines wrote
on 7 Apr 2012 7:47 PM

Thank you, Kathy!

Peggy Szasz wrote
on 14 Apr 2012 1:50 PM

How did you make the leaves on the tall tree?  Are they painted or made from fabric?  Beautiful quilt.

joraines wrote
on 14 Apr 2012 6:14 PM

Peggy, it's the technique that is sometimes called 'confetti' or 'snippets'. I cut batik fabric into little triangular bits using the rotary cutter and a product called Bo Nash 007 Bonding Agent (get it?  007 Agent Bond??) which is a granular adhesive that you sprinkle on. It's made for fabric repair.  I often do this atop a background of a mottled allover green fabric (or whatever the base color of the tree in whichever season).  Then, I sew it all down using invisible thread.

Peggy Szasz wrote
on 16 Apr 2012 5:18 AM

Thank you so much for letting me know how you did the trees.  I will have to get some 007 and give this a try...I love the result on your quilt.  Your quilt is really beautiful!!!

joraines wrote
on 16 Apr 2012 7:25 PM

I also suggest you use The Applique Press Sheet underneath and the enclosed press sheet that comes with Bo Nash 007 on top to protect your ironing board and iron from the adhesive granules. Also, use an inactive credit card to scrape up the adhesive granules and the stray 'foliage' when doing this technique. Some people couch it under tulle before sewing as they don't like it popping up like popcorn as they sew. It's a great technique to add texture and foliage in various shades. I use browns and taupes for 'dead' leaves and various greens for spring and summer, etc.

Peggy Szasz wrote
on 17 Apr 2012 6:09 PM

Thanks so much for your advice!!  I am always looking for ways to make my trees look more realistic...and the trees on your quilt really do look real....I ordered some 007 and can hardly wait for it to arrive so I can play.  Thanks again for all your advice.  Peg

shcahill wrote
on 17 Apr 2012 10:39 PM

Beautiful work! Lovely realistic details.  How did you create the flaggstone on the church? 

joraines wrote
on 18 Apr 2012 5:30 AM

Thank you. It was a commercial 'rock' fabric that I enhanced with fabric paint.  I find you can get a away with using architectural/landscape fabrics even if they are slightly not in scale if you get the angles and lines correctly placed and use fabric paint to shade and enhance them.  Bricks, for example, may not be exactly the scale you need them but the viewer 'accepts' that it works.  (At least I hope! LOL)

on 28 Apr 2012 6:46 PM

This is so beautiful==detailed, yet artful.  It is an inspiration for what I hope to create one day.  For now, I am a novice and thoroughly enjoy seeing what others have created.  Thank you.

joraines wrote
on 28 Apr 2012 6:49 PM

Thank you so much for the kind comments!  I'm sure you can achieve whatever your goals are, quilting and fiber arts are so diverse and offer so many options!  I appreciate your kind comments.

RUEdOAK wrote
on 29 Apr 2012 11:14 PM

Skillfully crafted! The shadows give such dimension and pop, and the texture of the foliage and brick seems like something I can touch. And I really appreciate reading how you created these elements!


joraines wrote
on 30 Apr 2012 5:42 AM

Thank you for the kind comments!  I'm always conflicted whether to use sheer fabrics or paint or another tone of fabric entirely for shading and every landscape quilt is different. So many decisions to make.

on 22 May 2012 11:06 PM

As a Lutheran and quilt art fan, I have to say your work is SEW beautiful!  Thanks for sharing it and your methods.

joraines wrote
on 23 May 2012 5:50 AM

Thank you so much!  I truly appreciate it!!!!

Shegirl wrote
on 7 Jun 2012 2:12 PM

Wow! This is as crisp as a photograph but so much richer. What size is it?  Kudos for the accomplishment!

joraines wrote
on 7 Jun 2012 8:45 PM

Thank you! It is a wallhanging, at least a yard across (it is at home and I am not just now so can't measure it) and possibly 32" high including borders.