Saturday, September 03, 2011

Winter Wonderland

I made this little quilt, 13" X 15" quilt, for my Challenge 60, Atmosphere & Mood. I hope it gives you the feeling of cold and winter. Even the tree is without its leaves. I put it on the outer borders to give a more 3-D look.


fastfriday said...

Beautiful piece that definitely "feels" cold. I wonder whether changing the foreground greens to golds (winter grass) or deeper blues (snow) would make it even more "cold"? I love the dimension that the outer border gives it. Sue Church

Louise said...


The feel of your piece is very cool and wintry! The top blue within the frame mimics snowfall to me. I agree with Sue that maybe adding some winter grasses or changing the green to a snow color would add to the feeling. I like how you have extended your tree into the border, it adds lots of interest. Some cool threads, maybe metallics, in the quilting will greatly add to the feeling of coolness. Nice job!


Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

This is a wonderful piece Deborah, fantastic colors that really reveal the coolness. What if the tree was just a bit inside the border? It seems a bit isolated from the whole...or is it just me.
Well done.

Julia in NZ said...

I like the way you have chosen exactly the right parts of commercial fabrics to illustrate your 'story'. I agree with other comments that the dark green in the foreground is not quite wintry enough. Maybe an overlay or sponged on colour?

Ann In Fallbrook, CA said...

Hi Deborah! It seems that not everyone remembers that we all don't experience snow when it is winter. I feel that you have done a great job of portraying our southern CA winter with your quilt - hazy in the distance, still somewhat green in the middle area. My only suggestion to you would be to widen the tree trunk so that it is a more dominant image in the foreground.

fastfriday said...

I also feel the green is too bright. Maybe an olive overlay to give it more of a winter color. I guess you have to answer to your own feeling on that though. Lovely piece overall

Pat Havey

fastfriday said...

The piece is beautiful. I really like the winter feel without snow as that is winter to me. I would like to see the tree be a stronger presence as it seems to hide in the border. Maybe if it was a stronger color or more inside the border. Great piece

Jeanne Holmes

Cynthia Ann Morgan said...

Hi Deborah,
Beautifully done...good job! Did you consider making the borders varying sizes? I think it could bring emphasis to the tree if the other 3 borders were 1/4 to 1/2 the size. I might even consider cutting the border off the top and left side altogether. If you have Photoshop, it's easy to play with the cropping.

fastfriday said...

Deborah, your piece is very effective in portraying winter and cold. The leafless tree on the border is a nice touch. Would you consider toning down the green in the foreground? That portion looks more like spring/summer to me. Great job!

Susan Armstrong