The members of the Smoky Mountain Quilt Guild make and donate small pieces to sell at the quilt show every year. The six flower postcards I posted about here are my donations.
Another donation is a combined creation with my friend, Jane. It's title has something to do about a tree and flames ... I don't recall it's final name ... "Flaming Sunset" would be appropriate.
Well, I couldn't come up with a way to work with the wrinkled fabric, so I cut it away in wedges leaving some of it around the tree branches and trunk. Many cut away pieces were layered on the fabric piece that looked like a glowing sunset. I found a piece of home decorator fabric for the foreground. I decided to move the tree right of center and to turn the sunset fabrics "wrong side" to the front. Now I saw a lake with the reflected sunset sky beyond the hill that the green area formed. To accentuate the perspective of looking out over the plains from the top of a hill I put boulders in the foreground. Then the fun began of finding bits and pieces to define the areas of the composition.
After the collage in my "ortwork" technique was layered under tulle and machine quilted, I highlighted and blended various areas with oil stick pastels. The pastels are heat set into the fabrics. I use my tiny iron at the design wall. It's set on medium-low heat so the tulle won't melt (I've done that and it's pain to patch). I wear a mask to keep from breathing the dust created when the pastels are applied to the surface. I don't know how effective it is against the fumes from heating them, but I think it helps to keep me from breathing them since I'm working at nose level.