I was inspired to make this block after taking the cog rail train up Pikes Peak last week. The aspen leaves were a beautiful golden color. I wanted to capture their beauty. Here is my attempt:
Next, I appliqued the fabric for the earth to the 12.75 inch square of blue sky fabric. I trimmed away the extra sky fabric from the back of the block. I looked for a batik of white with a little gray for the tree trunks, but could not find one. Instead, I used a very light batik with a little tan mixed in. I cut strips varied widths for the tree trunks, choosing to make 5. Next, I shaded in the strips with gray and black fabric markers to depict the bark of the aspen trees.
After shading in the aspen bark, I placed the aspen trunks on the block along with an underground shrub, moving them around until I liked the arrangement.
The tree trunks were hand appliqued in place. The shrub was fused into place.
Next, the aspen leaves were added. These, I cut (free-hand) from the yellow batik. The leaves were quite small, so I chose to use fabric glue to attach them. Later, when I quilt the block, they will be fastened down more permanently with thread. I trimmed the block to 12.5 inches.
I auditioned several fabrics for a border, and finally chose a navy blue batik. The block seemed much brighter using the navy blue than other fabrics I tried. I added the borders and a few more leaves, and, my first landscape block was completed!
I'm really enjoying the blog hops from Madame Samm's site, www.sewwequilt.com. It has given me an opportunity to see so many quilters' ideas and projects, and inspired me to create my own blog. Thank you, Madame Samm for featuring the blog hops on your webpage. I hope to participate in more hops in the future.