Quilt for Two Rivers: Incorporating Found Objects into the Quilt
Fiber artists collaborating on the Quilt for Two Rivers are blogging about their quilt panels for the 40-foot masterpiece-in-progress which honors Sisters, Oregon’s Treasured Landscapes. Featured this week:
“LONE PINE – FEATURING FOUND OBJECTS FROM THREE STATES”
I have lived near rivers most of my life. Growing up in Astoria, I watched my dad fly fish for steelhead and cutthroat, all the while snagging crawdads in the shallows. Same thing in Juneau, Alaska–only keeping a sharp eye out for bears!
Now, living in Bend, my husband and I love river walks, both “tame” (paved) and “natural”…Whychus Creek, for example!
Mine is quilt number eight in the series. I call the piece Lone Pine. Our trip to Whychus Creek inspired me hugely!
I decided to create “simple” — a smattering of rock, shrub, trees — with the river the highlight. My background is paper pieced on calculator ribbon — two sizes. It was hand quilted in a wavy horizontal stitch using perle cotton thread. Embellishments then made the focal points.
I chose to give the river a bit of “action” with a cluster of appliqued rocks, and white water from nylon cord. The river rocks are actually coral (with holes in them) found in Hawaii! I dyed them with tea.
The lone pine has leather strips for branches, and “pine boughs” from a nylon shirt with embossed leaves. I had fun adding sticks for riverbank branches, some found near Whychus Creek, a few from the Puget Sound area in Washington State. Perle cotton hunky-stitched grasses were added.
I wanted the feel of a few predominant rocks — almost the pumice look of our local rocks. Of course I had “pumice” tan in my fabric stash!
Finally, I decided the sky was too blue, in contrast to the landscape hues, so clouds were appliqued. I used hand-dyed cotton gauze, stuffed with alpaca hair! This came from a Sisters alpaca, I am pleased to say!
I did need to rein myself in with embellishment. LESS IS MORE is a lesson hard to maintain! I have enough sticks, twigs, rocks and alpaca hair left over for another project…some day!
The real drama for me — and for all of us involved in the quilt I think — will be seeing the complete “riverscape.” I can’t wait!
Entry filed under: Uncategorized. Tags: #quiltfor2rivers, Central Oregon, Metolius River, National Forest Foundation, native fish reintroduction, Pacific Northwest travel, Quilt for Two Rivers, quilters, quilting, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Treasured Landscapes, U.S. Forest Service, Whychus Creek, Wild & Scenic Rivers.