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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Autumn Country Rule 5 Full Release

When this rule was released, I knew what I wanted to do. The river from the last block was the perfect segway to the idea. The next thing was deciding how to do it. I first cut a piece of freezer paper the size of the rule and roughly drew in my idea. Then I googled pictures and found the one I liked best and with my ruler and a cup, drew the sawmill onto the paper. I put in the trees and the bridge very roughly, and then went through my patterns and fabric to see what would work.I made the first circle using one of the ideas from the links on the release, and made the second one using a different link. They both turned out to look the same. Overlapping them worked very easily, and then I put up the walls. This fabric looks like rocks, but is so pale that it barely shows up at all. I fashioned the roof and appliqued it on, then satin stitched the paddles. When I attached it to the river, it looked strange, so I used a smocking stitch to make waves, so the fabric bunches a little, but the tucks smooth it to the opposite riverbank.
The little trees above the river are done with the free-motion embroidery, and the large trees are done the same as the trees in rule #3. The pine trees are paper-pieced and I staggered their placement like those in rule #1. So I used lots of techniques to put this together.
And here are all 5 blocks together. I have some rough ideas where to go with future blocks, but will have to see what the rules are, in order to pull it off.
This is so much fun. I am having a blast creating this picture. And that is what it is turning out to be, a picture.


9 comments:

Marie said...

Very cool and creative. The water wheel looks really good with the smocking on it to make it look like it's in the water. I just never get over the creativity of all the ladies. It's just so fun.

I was surprised to see a full release of rule 5 because I had totally lost track of the timing. I guess I'd better start sewing--I've got a lot to do to finish mine, but your post gives me incentive to get going. I need to slow things down a bit, but I doubt that's going to happen.

desertskyquilts said...

I like what you did. It does look like a picture - a little fabric painting.

Moira said...

Looks great!

annmarie said...

Very creative, Ann - that is coming together nicely.

dorine said...

I love your sawmill. It is beautiful but very muted so it blends in really nicely. Can't wait to see it develop further. I'm in Rochester, Minnesota until Monday, so won't get mine posted for a few days. Can't wait!

Stefiko said...

Oh Ann, I am LOVING your quilt! It makes me smile!

dq said...

Wow Ann, when I zoomed in I could really see the fine details. They add so much. I really really like the rocks. It is coming together beautifully.

Pam in Texas said...

Oh my, you have done a great job. I like how you planned it. What imagination with the waterwheel.

Betty C said...

It is unfolding very nicely. Like a vacation map!