“Take a Hike” quilt

A couple of summer ago, after seeing some of Ann Lovelace’s art quilts, at art fairs, I became fascinated with her style of Landscape quilts. How realistic these fabric scraps could represent a place so familiar is mind-blowing.

So way back when, when I realized a class with a similar, but different, style of Landscape quilts was being held at a quilting shop, near me, Interquilten in Interlochen, MI, to be exact, quickly signed my youngest daughter, and I, up.

We were asked to bring in a landscape photograph. After sifting through many, many pictures, I settled on this one I had taken earlier in the season.

Benzie County, Michigan, "Take a Hike" quilt inspiration by Sewfrench

This picture is a favorite view taken as you hike up in to the woods, above our cottage, a very familiar place, to our family.

We were also asked to bring in batik scraps in colors similar to our photograph. No problem there, I seem to collect batik! These need to be true batiks, the color needs to go though and through, not be printed on like so many imitations, are.

Batik fabrics

And a rotary cutter, with a fresh blade, to cut the batik into crumbs. Tiny crumbs. The tiniest of crumbs would would be using to “paint” our pictures.

Batik crumbs

After taking us outside, helping us to see that trees don’t float in the air, but how they relate to their surroundings, we set about cutting and layering the colored scraps into a picture. Along the way, I added birch trees carefully cut from fabric. I also cut out other trees from random, non-tree fabrics.

This was then overlaid with more crumbs and finally with a piece of black netting and pinned together with a thousand pins. We were then instructed to free motion machine quilt it.

This is when the problem arose. If you know me very well, you know I am not much of a machine quilter, so this project lingered on for a really long time. Then, in August when I saw how impressive Ann’s winning quilt was at Art Prize, I finally pulled my unfinished piece out and went to work finishing it.

I am so glad I did! I learned so much making this and having finally finished it, I would consider attempting another one, some day….. It really is fun to see a photograph come to life as a quilt!

Take a Hike landscape quilt by Sewfrench

Side by side…

Landscape quilt by Sewfrench

This will be my second entry, in the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival 2013, Art Quilt Category.

Take a Hike quilt by Sewfrench

“Take a Hike”
Art quilt category
October, 2013
10″ x 13″
A Sewfrench original
Machine Quilted by myself
Batiks, printed fabric, synthetic netting, cotton batting
Knife edge binding

My other entry is in the Baby quilt category and can be seen here.

If you scroll towards the bottom of the main Bloggers’ Quilt Festival page, you will see quick links for the rest of the entries here.

Also linking up with:
Fabric Tuesday
A Stitch in Time
Finish it Up Friday

Previous Festival favorites:
Flower Garden ~ Fall 2009
Mosaic Tiles ~ Spring 2011
Shoot For the Moon ~ Fall 2011
Bubble Quilt ~ Spring 2012
Out of This World ~ Fall 2012
Thousand Pyramids~ Spring 2013
Head Over Heels in Love ~ Baby quilt ~ Fall 2013

As mentioned above, one of Ann’s pieces recently took away the Grand Prize at Art Prize 2013. To have a quilter win such a huge, international, art show, representing over 1500 pieces of various art forms is amazing. It just goes to show that quilting is finally being recognized as an art, not just a layer to keep you warm. And that she is from our neck of the woods and often uses Michigan scenes, in her art, is a bonus!


Needle and Thread Thursday

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64 Responses to “Take a Hike” quilt

  1. Sarah Cooper says:

    This is just gorgeous! I love the texture and depth you achieved. This really is an *art* quilt!


  2. W-O-W!!! That is absolutely gorgeous! You are SO talented!!!


  3. Material Girl Quilts says:

    Wow!!! This quilt is amazing! Really a beautiful work of art 🙂


  4. This quilt leaves me speechless. (Forgive the pun.) As a former Michigander, it makes me quite homesick too. Beautiful work.


  5. citricsugar says:

    That’s pretty incredible, Lori! I’ve never seen anything else like it – the technique is fascinating and the results… WOW.


  6. claudia w says:

    I need to find a class like that! Your quilt is fantastic. I have a landscape photo in mind too. Thank you for sharing and inspiring!


  7. That is beautiful and inspiring!


  8. What a work of Art! It looks like the woods with a wonderful 3D effect! Great “Wow” effect!


  9. Anita says:

    Wow, that’s sew beautiful…I was just talking on another blog about how I like simplicity…then I come here and am enveloped by art on fabric! I will admire, as opposed to attempt, this form of quilting. =)


    • sewfrench says:

      Oh, I love simplicity, too. But sometimes you just need a nudge to stretch yourself. Daughter provided that, for me, by encouraging me to take this class with her. And you should see hers. It is simpler and more complicated at the same time. And she finished hers immediately, not two years later! Maybe I will get her to share it one day! Thank you, Anita!


  10. Wow, I loooove it! So glad you finished. It is definitely a work of art:) Voting for ya.


  11. sarahschraw says:

    Beautiful! I’m from Michigan so I was pretty excited when a quilt won art prize. 🙂


  12. Valerie says:

    Well, our quilts are both about woods, and we both love batiks, but that’s the end of it. Yours is amazing! You chose great fabrics, but this technique was perfect for capturing the scene. Truely an “art quilt”. Beautiful.


  13. Elizabeth Nicholson says:

    Quite amazing! Beautiful work, Lori.


  14. Patricia L. says:

    Lovely, inspiring quilt! You should do more like this for sure!


  15. Nancy Lannom says:

    Love this quilt! love this type of quilting. I will be following you starting now. thank you for sharing NancyL


  16. Wow, this quilt is just gorgeous, – technique and scene/photo are perfectly matched. Very well done! 🙂


  17. Tracy Scott says:

    Thank you for a terrific tutorial and insight into the creative process – outstanding!


  18. Wow. That is unreal. Stunning. Beautiful quilt!!!


  19. Mary says:

    That’s amazing. I’ve never even dreamed of this technique, and it’s perfect for your picture.


  20. Katelyn says:

    gorgeous! beautiful work of art!


  21. So happy you finished it! Love how you photographed it on the tree, turned out great!


  22. Mara says:

    This IS Amazing.


  23. Susie says:

    This is beautiful and so artistic! I can’t believe you can create this!


  24. WOW I love this. The texture is amazing. What a fantastic interpretation of the picture.


  25. Wow! What an amazing representation of a beautiful place!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    🙂 Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation


  26. Nicole says:

    Absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing a bit about the technique.


  27. Vera says:

    Looks fab! Well done!


  28. mlwilkie says:

    I love it. It looks so realistic. Great job.


  29. Ron says:

    Very, very, nice!


  30. It’s so beautiful! Well done! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!


    • sewfrench says:

      Thank you so much Michle-Rene, I admire everything you do, that means so much to me! Now I’m off to peruse your making Christmas link up, because I *need* to get making!!


  31. Cille says:

    Wonderful quilt. It reminds me if a path near our family home in Sweden, that been in the family for 6 generations now. I love how real it looks 🙂


  32. Rachael Slorach says:

    This looks wonderful – have always wanted to try this method and you have made it look easy enough to do, thanks!


  33. Congrats on your win! Yay:)


  34. This quilt is totally amazing- I’m blown away by how it looks! Congratulations on your win. Well-earned, indeed! 🙂


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