Friday, August 15, 2008

Side By Side

Tree 1, Tree 2; Art Quilts, 4" x 6"
© 2008 Fannie Narte

Here is the companion piece to yesterday's post. I think these two look great side by side. They're simple and slightly different designs in opposite colors.

I'm sure you can think of other images you might use in this design. How about leaves, or flowers, or birds, or houses or dogs? Use your favorite image. Go ahead. Play with this idea. I may try a few other ideas too.

Comments to this post will also be entered into the drawing for the subscription to "Home Companion." See yesterday's post for more information. If you made a comment to yesterday's post and this post, you'll be entered twice.

If I don't see you this weekend, I'll see you on Monday with the announcement of the winner. Have a fun and safe weekend!


TracyB said...

Oh Fannie, these are wonderful. Skip the magazine, I want these!!!

So technical question here. The transition from the trunk to the leaves. How did you not get any puckering on the inside curves of the trunk? This is where I had problems when I thread painted my ginkgo leaf that I told you about.

Regina said...

The pairing up of the opposites just seems to make the individuals visually stronger. Wonderful!
I love your background, too.
Between the 2 I like the white on thread better because it reminds me of gold-plated leaf skeletons, or when we have an especially heavy hoar-frost on the trees in winter. Which makes me think this would be a beautiful image for a Christmas card. Maybe you could make prints for your Etsy store.

Fannie said...

Hi, T. Thanks for your question. I don't know if this will answer, but I'll share my process with you:

I thread painted the trunk first. Next, I thread painting across the main trunk in circles and squiggles, horizontally, bottom to top about 1/8- to 1/4-inch to each side of the trunk. This stabilizes the design--somewhat.

Next, I thread painted the perimeter of the tree creating its outer shape. Finally I thread painted over the entire piece making sure to cross over the trunk in horizontal meanderings, squiggles and circles from bottom to top; and from top to bottom, repeating the process until I thought the design was finished.

I find that if you create stability in the trunk and reinforce that stability by thread painting evenly over the entire piece, puckering is minimal.

You can't get away from puckering, but what little puckering may result can be resolved by the background quilting.

I know this was long, but I hope this answers your question and that it makes sense.

Diana Evans said...

wow Fannie...trees are my favorite and seeing these side by side is amazing....wonderful work!!!

TracyB said...

It does make sense, thanks Fannie!!

Scrappy Cat said...

I love both trees! and the contrast of the two together is wonderful. You are so generous once again.

Melissa and Emmitt said...

oh my goodness fannie!
i love these two pieces! they are really special!


these are gorgeous....just stunning.

I have a little award for you on my blog, dear friend !!

and no need to enter me in this generous drawing...I already subscribe to that great magazine :)

Lisa M Griffin said...

These are gorgeous, I love the rich red against the ecru and having them displayed side by side is fantastic. Just beautiful Fannie.
Have a wonderful weekend. =)

laughingwolf said...

just me, but i prefer the white tree over the red :)

Jacq said...

I love your trees. Thanks for the tutorial. Your work is always so awesome.

kiwicarole said...

Hi Fannie! Just popped into say I love this latest work! So fine! (you don't have to enter me in the draw-costs so much to mail to NZ)
Have a great weekend! Carole

Tremayne said...

Yin and Yang. Balance. Perspective. Two halves of "the whole". Peace. Tranquility. HAPPINESS.

soulbrush said...

i love these colours. great.

Genie said...

Hi fannie, Love the Trees,
been having computer probs,
Your atc print to me never did arrive did you manage to track it??
Cheers Jean.

Fannie said...

Hi, Jean~

Sorry about your computer probs and sorry that the ATC never arrived. Thanks for letting me know. I'll place another one in the mail as soon as you verify your address and email the tracking number to you after it's shipped.


Sherry said...

Love, Love, Love these trees. Been away in Tennessee for funeral. Home yesterday and catching up on all that I've missed.

Sherry said...

Love, Love, Love these trees. Been away in Tennessee for funeral. Home yesterday and catching up on all that I've missed.

Ku'ulei said...

Oooo. Me likey! I must admit I actually saw this in your workspace and was eyeing it...quite a bit...! FIRST DIBS! Ha ha.
I really do loves these though and the way the contrast compliments each other side by side. Nice work!