Joyce R. Becker

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I've been creating a new series of mini-landscape quilts – here are a few. If you'd like to see the class description for this workshop and a supply list, go to Workshops

Escape to the Cape

by Joyce R. Becker

Winter 2010

Sample for International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, 2010 8" x 11"


Mountains and Water

by Joyce R. Becker

2009

15" x 18" outside perimeter

I created this matted and framed landscape with just a few fabrics and overlays, and enhanced it with machine embroidery.

Sample for Quick Little Landscape Quilts


Alaska Wilderness

by Joyce R. Becker

2009

16" x 18" (mat and photo size)

This landscape was created as a workshop sample for the 2010 Alaskan Cruise I'll be working on. It incorporates five fabrics, and an overlay of tulle. It will be a wonderful memory quilt for the students on the cruise.

Sample for Quick Little Landscape Quilts


Dryer Lint, Etc.

by Joyce R. Becker

2008

18" x 18"

Have you ever wanted to create a unique quilt, just for the heck of it…..This is a "green" quilt, using an extensive collection of dryer lint collected by myself and many of my quilting friends. Most of the quilt, excluding the sky, is made up of dryer lint, overlays of Angelina, silk fibers, and in the foreground, my collection of the leftover threads I snip off when stitching (I store them in an empty Kleenex box…..) The rows of mountains that are furthest in the distance were created with gray dryer lint that I molded, then needle punched. The closer rows are dryer lint that was covered with tulle, with machine embroidery stitching. The entire lake is dryer lint with overlays of different colors of Angelina fiber. I enjoyed quilting this piece with silk thread and love the little bubble or rock formations created on the border with the thread.

Sample for Quick Little Landscape Quilts


Hope

by Joyce R. Becker

29" x 31"

Created for the Gig Harbor, WA,  Quilt Festival 2008 “Quilting for a Cure” auction in support of local breast cancer charities. This quilt, entitled Hope, symbolizes my hope for a cure to breast cancer for all those who have suffered from breast cancer in the past or will suffer from breast cancer in the future. Using a lovely palette of landscape fabrics, I created this quilt using my “cut and glue” techniques, manipulating the fabrics to create distance and perspective with overlays of tulle. I incorporated Tsukineko inks, wax pastels, and fabric markers to deepen the value of some of the fabrics in the mid to foreground, including the shadowing in the water. Under a deadline, I challenged myself to try a couple of new techniques to save time! After my design was glued to the canvas, I covered it with a single layer of bluish/gray tulle, and then machine basted it with invisible thread. I skipped my “traditional” machine-embroidery step, and instead, machine quilted the quilt very densely, using matching Bottom Line Bobbin Thread.
 

Hope - detail


Clover Lake

by Joyce R. Becker

30" x 30"

Asked to submit a quilt for consideration for a new book with C&T Publishing, featuring innovative fabric imagery, I created Clover Lake.  I am proud that this quilt is included in the book, Innovative Fabric Imagery - A Digital Exploration in Quilting by Cyndy Lyle Rymer and Lynn Koolish.  It was featured in a special exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas in the fall of 2007 and will be included in a traveling exhibit beginning  in the summer of 2008.  My personal challenge was to create a realistic poster-size landscape quilt using digital photography.  The original photograph, was taken by Dan Neil, and used with his permission.  I enhanced the digital photograph in Adobe Photo Deluxe and printed the image onto computer ready fabric sheets.  My goal was to camouflage the joining lines so there were not apparent.  When overlapping the photographs, I cut the edges in serendipitous, curvy lines.  I replace the printed sky with commercial fabric and also added fabric trees and rocks.  The overlays of iridescent bonded Angelina in the water added a shimmer and the extensive machine-embroidery adds texture and dimension.  Creating Clover Lake was an interesting study in problem solving!

Sample for Beautifully Embellished Landscapes


Tropical Adventure

by Joyce R. Becker

January 2008

36" x 36"

Tropical Adventure was created as a workshop sample for the Panama Canal Cruise.  This quilt was really fun to design and execute and includes some dynamite fabrics.  I shopped for tropical prints while in Hawaii and once I found the water fabric, I was ready to roll.  Innovative techniques include using actual craft sand glued to the underlying fabric, with an overlay of tulle.  This is a "kit" workshop and I am anxious to see student's creations.
Sample for Tropical Adventure Workshop

Serenity

by Joyce R. Becker

December 2007

24" x 36"

Created for the invitational Living Colour traveling exhibit for the Association of Pacific Northwest Quilters.  This quilt celebrates incorporating the advances in digital technology into landscape quilts.  I created this quit using a digital image by my friend, Dan Neil (with his permission).  Using Adobe Photoshop, I enhanced the photograph and printed it poster size onto sixteen computer ready fabric sheets.  I incorporated overlays of shredded batting and Angelina to help camouflage the joining lines.  I had a blast using Tsukineko inks, fabric markers, and wax pastels for subtle shading, especially on the logs floating in the foreground.  Extensive thread-play further enhances the design.  This quilt will travel with the exhibit until 2010 and will be auctioned at Quilt Fest in August of 2010.  If your venue is interested in hosting the Living Colour Traveling Exhibit, contact APNQ at www.apnq.org.

Sample for Beautifully Embellished Landscapes


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