Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Nepal Monument.....a continuing saga

If the last post seemed to cut off at a weird point it is because I accidentally published the draft before I got it finished!!   Obviously I am not quite competent with using the Blogger online editor yet!!

I had two more areas of details that needed to be added to the quilt before I could start the quilting process.

The first was to add some "donations" to the monument.   As we walked in the mountains, many of the trekkers would pick up a rock or a flower and put it into the opening of the monuments.  Some of them had wooden rods that people would tie bits of thread or fabric onto.  This is what I want to represent.  After playing around with ways to make small, three-dimensional flowers, this is what I came up with....

I am going to do all of the quilting and then add this after the fact.

The final area that needed some work were the mountains.  Although I like how they look, I felt that they needed some extra details in the large solid areas.    I started out adding small white strips of "snow".....


...and then moved onto adding some darker crevices to the large snow areas.  After a few minutes of cutting out tiny slivers of increasingly grey fabrics I had the idea to just ink them on myself.....



...and of course the next step was to paint in some more of the snow areas.....


 I will add more detail with the quilting!!  So, here are the finished mountains.  I do think that these additions gave it even more depth.


By the way, the white strip under the spire is marking the area that I don't want to quilt so that I can attach the flags.

I got everything basted in place and have started the quilting.   I am quite happy with the texture that is showing up in this process.....


I have also been re-thinking the prayer flags.  My original thought was to leave them flapping in the breeze but I am concerned what will happen to those fabrics once the quilt is stored.  I can imagine that they will get very wrinkled and flatten out.   SO, I am now wondering whether I can applique them down and still have them look "flappy".    Every step of this quilt has been a challenge of some sort so I guess that I will just add this to the list.


......nearing the end now........


3 comments:

elle said...

It is gonna be sew worth it! Lovely job!!!

Dot said...

This is going to be beautiful. Can't wait to see it in March at the quilt show.

Great job, Miss Francis.

Karen S said...

Looks like the brush had a good workout on the mountains. Very effective.

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