French Seam Challenge Quilt

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.

stamped and thermofax screened trees


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.


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One Response to French Seam Challenge Quilt

  1. This piece is beautiful! I love the large tree, and your stamp is gorgeous!

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