Vertical Yosemite



“Yosemite is so vertical. I think you caught that.” This is what a friend recently mentioned while visiting my studio and looking at these stitched images. They are each 30 x 18 “ (or 45 x 76 cm), costing $1 per square inch = $540.00. (The first and third photos are by Visual Simplicity, used with permission.)


Let me share an insider view on how the Yosemite art quilts were created. I have been refining this process throughout this year.

1) Using my own photography, the images are printed by Spoonflower on Sateen or Satin, which is a silky, shiny fabric.

2) First step when the fabric arrives is ironing fusing on the edges so that it doesn’t fall apart while cutting it.



3) With cotton or other batting behind it, I decide where to add textures by stitching; usually from the center out - or from the background to the foreground.



4) While working on the foreground, 3D effects are created by hand-stitching with fashion yarn, Trapunto, stuffing the waterfall from the back (see below), painting, and other means - all depending on the desired affect.

5) Then, each piece is stretched and stapled on wooden bars (working from the center to the sides, always across from the last staple) for an even surface.



6) The fabric ends are under acid-free hinging tape for a nice, clean gallery-wrapped look.

7) Adding a hanging wire, and checking if it’s signed are my last steps.


Sharing another art quilts "Bridalveil Waterfall" that was created following the same steps. It is also 30 x 18 “ (or 45 x 76 cm), costing $1 per square inch = $540.00. (All three photos are by Visual Simplicity, used with permission.)



3D waterfall


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