"Branches," 31 x 42, made by Pam Geisel, Aug. 2016
Island Batik Ambassador's received, titled "Landscapes." With the addition of a half yard of a nice, deep, Island Batik black fabric, I made "Branches." I didn't want to use small pieces of them because I was concerned that they wouldn't have the same effect.
I cut the 3.5" x 44" of the blue, green and brown fabrics, and seven 2.5" x 44" strips of the black fabric. I wasn't planning on making it 44" tall but since that's how long the fabric was I decided to just use the whole length.
I laid the strips on my sewing table and they took up so much room I had to move my sewing machine off of it!
I added thin black strips at angles on top of the colored fabrics. I used some fusible bias tape to save time, then I pieced the strips and the colored pieces together.
I used a black batting for the first time and the only tricky part was that it was the same color as the black fabric and sometimes hard to see where the fabric ended and the extra batting began!
I quilted stitch-in-the-ditch with black thread along the black edges and also across the thin black strips (since they were just fused down and not exactly permanently attached). Then I added a faced binding.
I really like the contrast of the colored fabric with the black. I looks like stained glass to me.
As always, you can click on any of the photos to see them larger.