Friday, May 12, 2017

Grow tall

Grow one step at a time and you will end up being the tallest tree in the forest.
I don't know where I heard this but it stuck with me and is one of my favorite quotes.
I thought I would try something different for shading the wood. I brushed on some old cake powder makeup. I thought why not? It's color, right?


The color worked ok but when I wet it to try to blend it in like I do watercolor pencils or paint, it bled into the background. Luckily I did have it fused but not sewn and only the dark ring of bark had the fusible so was easily taken off. To prevent further bleeding I painted a fabric paint medium ove it to sort of seal it on. That did the job without making the fabric feel stiff.


Quilting the words was scary because one slip up and I would have had to chuck the whole thing. Ripping out the black thread was not an option. It would ruin the whole thing.

So I put on my big girl panties, took a deep breath, put the speed on my sweet sixteen down to slow and went for it. It does help to have a copy of the words written out in front of you for constant reference. I've found that even the simplest of words can be misspelled easily when your writing with thread.

But I did it! Yay!

After that I highlighted the rings and went around the bark with dark brown thread.

You could probablly do the writing with a marker but I like it so much better in thread.

I will bring this to the gift shop at the Vermont Bird museum to sell. I think people like me that like the woods will really go for it. I have one hanging in my office and like to read the quote during my day.

Speaking of work, While I was writing this just I heard LL cool J on tv and he said a quote I want to remember so am writing it down here.

Teamwork makes the Dreamwork






  1. Good for you for taking on the risk of quilting the writing! It looks great. I once made a comment to a well known art quilter about the risks involved in trying that last technique that may ruin the entire piece, which I seem to experience often, but she had no idea what I was talking about. Since she wasn't taking any risks I began to look at her work a little differently.

  2. Great quote:)
    Your bark is amazing too, how did you do that?

  3. I am mightily impressed! Words are so hard. I have done it a few times but it was hidden in the quilting of a large quilt. You are right out there and in black!!

    Great piece!

  4. What a lovely piece - love the quote and I love the quilted words. Like you I way prefer them to written words.