I have always been intrigued by this method of art quilting so when I needed to learn how to do it for my November Quilt Club Group I was excited.
I had just finished up another successful retreat and the drive from camp was so beautiful with the changing leaves. There was a spot on a farm with one tree by the fence that seemed to just glow. It stuck in my memory and I sketched it out upon arriving home. Next came the studying up on what confetti quilting is and how to do it. Armed and ready I went to my stash and began looking for the colors I remembered from the farm I had passed. That is the mess you see on the left above. Next was the fun part-cutting up the fabric into small pieces of confetti which is the middle picture above. It was now time to get serious. I first made tree trunks and a fence from brown fabrics that had a bit of texture to them. I decided to piece a background of sky fabric and a soft green. I then began to lay down my confetti for the background of the trees and grass. I had found that different artists used both tulle or sheer fabric. I decided to try the sheer effect and see how it went and I chose a green sheer, laid it over my background confetti and stippled it on. Next I laid down my tree trunks and fence and finished with the confetti for the fence and trees. I laid a second piece of sheer over that and did a final stipple stitch through my backing, batting and top.
I am generally pleased with my first attempt and learned that next time I would use tulle. I'll keep the sheer when I want a foggy look or to change the tone of color a bit. The true beauty and color of the fabrics did not show through as well as I was hoping for.
It's a busy weekend coming up with 7 classes to teach. So glad I have the privilege of doing this for a job. May you find the things that bring you joy and do them with gusto!