It is the first full day of summer and now the days begin to get shorter. It is also the beginning of what as kids we called “Maple Whistle Time”. As a kid for about a week we would use the maple seeds as a devise to make a whistle sound and drive my mom crazy. There is also a mulberry tree that is dropping its fruit that I pass under when I walk. That too brings up great childhood memories of climbing the mulberry tree in the front yard and eating those berries. They were so juicy. We even tried to make mulberry one time . Summer was always one day of adventure after another.
Progress Report: Green Dragons This piece is 31” w X 37.5” t. It is quilted with stitch in the ditch work and then machine drawing of five dragons was added on top. I stated out by outlining the dragon that was printed on the fabric panel in the work. I did little research on Google and then some drawings I then did the others in a mimic of fist dragon.I have not done a dragon quilt for many years, but there was a time when I did one as a yearly thing. It is fun to revisit themes .
After this step I had to decide how I wanted to build the trunk of the tree. I used tear away paper and drew the image again. Then I laid out yarn for that trunk and the limbs and free motion sewed them all together. After pulling away all the paper I free motion stitched the tree down. Next decision was how to make the leaves. I placed a piece of wash away on top of the tree and then sprinkled shredded bits of green fabric on top of the wash away. Last, I placed a bit of green organza on top to create a sandwich and free motion stitched the everything together. After washing out the wash away I flipped the organza to the back and free motion stitched it to the tree area.
PS I will be away again next week . I am off to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright house Falling Water.