|Collection of small scraps sorted by colors|
Large prints are problematic in a landscape quilt because they draw the eye to the elements in the print rather than blending into the overall composition. Conversely, solid colors are generally too flat and end up looking like a paint by number picture.
|Color on color prints, best for landscape quilt|
For example, the section below is part of a river before it goes over a waterfall. This section could be one solid piece of dark blue, but it would lack some of the dimension provided by the variety of fabrics. I'm not happy with the part where the light blue triangle section near the top abruptly changes from a medium blue along a straight line. I will either thread paint over the place where the two join, or use textile paint to try to blend them better, or, most likely, pull out at least one piece of the light blue fabric and insert another darker fabric. All of these pieces are attached to a piece of nylon petticoat netting (not tulle). So this piece is now like one solid piece of fabric, but it is not difficult to snip the threads between the pieces and insert another piece or two.
I'll explain this method of working with turned edged fabrics to create landscape elements a piece at a time in a later post.