The fabric came last week, ( late Oct) I had ordered these sunrise / sunset fabrics for consideration for the sky. I do think they will work. Now I can be more confident in the selection of other fabrics for the scene.
I have chosen some orangey prints to give reflected highlights to the tree trunks. An old batik with both blue and orange will make nice reflections on the pond ice.
The distant tree line is the backside of another batik. It will look more like trees when the quilting is added.
I have integrated several other fabrics into the foreground to further fracture the panel, give added interest and tie into the piecing of the other prints.
Some peachy reflections on the snow have been laid in.
Sewing some seams tightens things up. That brush against snow fabric with the peachy background was a lucky find from my stash. The rusty batik will help the background trees blend into the sky.
Well, there has been a lot going on, it is now mid November, and I have been busy . Some days there is not time to sew at all, and some days time to manage only a few seams.
This week has been better and I have had a few days to really work at it. I am starting to lay in some sky color.
As I work at it, I am constantly tweaking and changing things so I try to avoid sewing all of the seams until I live with the fabric choices for a while but there comes a time when, just to get things in perspective, you just have to sew some seams! Inevitably then you have to UN sew some seams as choices made at the bottom affect choices made at the top and vice-versa. The long narrow layout (32 x 78â€ť) of this piece presents itâ€™s own challenges! Luckily the deadline is April, so I can take my time and enjoy the process.