Cindy Richard – Water – Grottos

The site upon which this quilt is based is called Rosh Hanikra. These grottoes are on the border between Israel and Lebanon, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
I love visiting and photographing sites in Israel and then rendering them in fabric. This is a very beautiful, striking spot in North-West Israel and one of my favorites. This piece is based on my photo, which I enlarged and cropped to 15″ x 15″. I transferred the image to a master and followed it to compose the quilt.
I laid the fabric in place, pinned it to stabilizer and then sewed all the pieces in place. I used a little bit of fusing (Misty fuse) but mostly I just free-motion quilted the fabric scraps in place. At the end I added a backing fabric and sleeve and hand-sewed a binding all around.
I used cotton fabrics, organza, tulle, 80/20 batting, stabilizer and all kinds of thread to create this piece.


Close up View:

  1. Cindy congratulations on your first quilt with group. A beautiful subject with your interpretation I feel like I am floating on the water looking into the grotto.

  2. You can hear the echo of the water in the grotto. Great colors and a nice technique to build up your quilt. The composition is beautiful, great entry Cindy!

  3. Wow! What a great start with the group. This piece is lovely, the colours are just perfect and the contrast really works, there is a real depth to the piece.

  4. I love the sea and you’ve realized a spectacular image of your landscape with perfect colors and the right depth.

  5. I admire how you depicted the rocks – in such stark contrast with the water.

  6. Wow! This is absolutely beautiful! I really like how you depict the water and rocks. An amazing landscape!

  7. I really like your piece and your study of light and shadow is perfect ! I am also interested by your technique to pin your fabrics directly on the stabiliser. I would like to try it.

  8. studiociboulette

    I love the texture of the water. Very nice!

  9. Cindy, what a great quilt. Especially your water is stunning. Bravo.

  10. The lights, shadows and textures you have created of the rocks and on the water are Stunning.

  11. What a lovely depiction of a lovely scene. The quilting on the cliffs gives the feeling of strata of the rocks and the colours in the water are beautiful. Well done

  12. A lovely interpretation of the scene. Your colours and stitching give a real 3-dimensional effect.

  13. The depth you created is fantastic you feel drawn to the grotto

  14. roslyn schneider

    Love your quilt. Was at Rosh Hanikra in 1952 and the Lebanese and Israeli were exhanging sheep-lebanese were returning sheep that had wandered , or vice versa. I had an NY friend who was in a Kibbuts w/ a new baby.( Gilead was lost in the first hour of the Yom Kippur war.)
    I’ve been back since but that was a memorable time and your lovely quilt brought back
    wonderful memories.

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