Art Quiltlet: 12/52

cherry blossom photo at amyhoodarts.com

Our view from our picnic spot at the Tidal Basin near the Jefferson Memorial.

My kids are on spring break from school this week, and in a happy coincidence for our first year here, the DC cherry blossoms hit peak bloom this week, too. So I took the kids into the city so we could see them–and, while we were there, the Jefferson Memorial and the Botanical Gardens as well. It was the photo up above, however, that inspired this week’s art quiltlet.

I thought about how to approach it quite a bit before starting it. Here’s an in-progress shot.

cherry blossoms quiltlet in progress at amyhoodarts.com

I quilted the cloud-like lines on first, using free-motion stitching, then appliqued the Washington Monument on top of it. Then I switched back to free-motion stitching for the tree branches, which I lightly sketched on with a very soft pencil beforehand–more as an idea of where to go then a firm stitching line, and I continued to use the photo as loose guidance.

cherry blossom art quiltlet at amyhoodarts.com

The finished quiltlet.

This is the first quiltlet I’ve used any hand-stitching on, and that was to sew the blossoms on. They’re layered, white cotton, then organza, then tulle. Finally, I cropped and bound, choosing the cream color of the Monument.

I really, really like this one. If I played favorites, which I don’t, it might be my favorite so far. Some of these quiltlets I’ve planned out a bit, and some I’ve approached as pure play, but this is the first one that I seriously considered the idea of a small quiltlet like this being a study for something larger. I can see it as a possibility, now.