L’Albero di Bolzano Vicentino (The Tree of Bolzano Vicentino) was my submission for The French Seam’s quilt challenge. The challenge was to use a piece of each of three Moda Farmyard fabrics. I overdyed, stamped, thermofax screen printed and decolored the fabrics and here is my resulting quilt.
The large tree in the foreground is a dark maroon leather applique. I have been enjoying using leather in my quilts over the last year and do not feel I have finished exploring its use in quilting.
I used the tree challenge fabric to make a similar hand carved stamp that I used with thickened dyes on hand dyed fabric, the unobstructed tree in the photo to the right. The tree on the left partially covered is a thermofax screen print and is from a photo of a tree I took in Bolzano Vicentino, Italy, Where I lived for three years. My sister and her husband came to visit and we decided to take a walk and found a path with a sign about an old church that led back behind houses and into a field where the church was. The old church is utilized once a year for a communal celebration. We enjoyed seeing the old church (look for a quilt with photos of the church in the future) and found a tree with the trunk covered in ivy.
The other thermofax screens were made with my photographs as well, one in Italy and one since moving back to the U.S. I enjoyed using so many different techniques and exploring the use of various methods to overdye and remove color from the commercial fabrics. You can scroll down to earlier posts as I worked on dyeing the fabrics.