Black Oak II Done

Black Oak II, the companion piece to Black Oak which is in progress, is done. Click on the image for a larger view.

Black Oak III tend to quilt every inch of background on my art quilts, but for this 12″ x 12″ art quilt, that didn’t feel like the way to proceed. I kept hearing ‘simplicity’ in my head so that was the approach taken. I like the thread sketching on the appliqued leaves and the simplicity of repeating those shapes as the quilted background. I also enjoy the ‘surprise’ of finding the quilted leaves in the darker fabric shapes. And with less quilting, it’s easier to appreciate the subtle design created in the sunprinting process (the golden fabric is left from the sunprint images I did for Black Oak).

This was a very satisfying experience and has definitely informed how I will approach the larger companion piece.

This is being shared at Off the Wall Friday — click on over there and check out what’s happening.

13 replies
  1. jennyklyon
    jennyklyon says:

    Simplicity indeed-lovely! I like working a smaller piece first also and working out issues there-so much easier than fixing the larger piece!

    • Franki Kohler
      Franki Kohler says:

      Absolutely! Artists of all stripes have been doing that since paints were stirred up! I have to remind myself of it. Can’t believe it’s taken me this long to actually decide to create two pieces that are related but very different sizes and have them hang together. Onward. . .

  2. mcooter3
    mcooter3 says:

    Good one! Well done on breaking out of the usual quilting habit – sometimes the design shouts out loud and strong what it needs…

  3. Joni
    Joni says:

    It must be turning autumn where you are too! I am always inspired by those first fall colored leaves and the transition of the seasons also….I like the way the sunprinted fabric adds a layer of meaning!

    • Franki Kohler
      Franki Kohler says:

      Yes, Joni, it is turning to autumn; I see it daily on my walks. The trees are putting on their new clothes, the light is changed and the breeze is more brisk. This is my favorite time of year (unless we’re in spring, in which case that’s my favorite time of year). Thanks for the visit and the comment.

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