Friday, September 9, 2016


I've never entered a SAQA exhibit. I see the calls for entry and somehow they don't speak to me, but my goal was to enter at least one this year. I decided on H2O (my computer doesn't know how to print it like the element sign, but I think you know that I mean "water".)

My son lives in Portland, OR and is an avid hiker and amateur photographer. He is always sending me the most luscious nature photos, so I asked him to send me some pictures of water falls. I loved what he sent and my original thought was to pair them with my blue and white shibori.

Aren't these gorgeous? 

 And aren't these gorgeous? But I'm sure you can see that they don't fit with the photos.

When I looked at the photos again, all I could think of was the word, "lush", so I went through my big collection of striated batiks and thought that maybe I could use these.

Pretty and watery looking , but still not quite right, so I kept digging......

and found these. Ah, these are the same yummy, verdant greens that surround the waterfalls and the browns and  golds suggest the forrest where they exist.

Soooooo, I took six of his photos and took them into Photoshop Elements and put the Posterize filter on them and printed them onto plain white fabric, backed them with batting and quilted them the way I did my Garden Studies.

Then I pieced them with that brown and green striated batik.

I pieced them in this vertical orientation to keep up the water falling theme. I am going to free -motion quilt the stripes and probably quilt some leaves in here and there. It's not very big, only about 18" x 40". My working title is: Waters Falling in the Gorge. The Columbia River Gorge outside of Portland is where these pictures were taken.

I'm linking up with Off the Wall Friday.


quiltedfabricart said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Perfect fabric choice earthy greens

Susan Lenz said...

Fabulous! Love the waterfall images ... especially since they are from Oregon, one of my favorite places on earth! Thanks for the positive feedback on my blog! Susan

Linda M said...

Oregon has such beautiful waterfalls, you've captured them well. Nice being able to collaborate with your son.

Amy Art Quilter & Fyber Cafe said...

I really like the vertical format, the striated batiks are most perfect with the waterfalls.

LA Paylor said...

oh, how gorgeous. Just lush for sure. The batik is really pretty. The way you pieced it in makes it art. LeeAnna

The Inside Stori said...

WOW!!!! Stunning and such a very inventive approach!!