Caribou with spruce trees
For this quilt, I had the background gradation go from upper left to lower right corners. I also had a gradation of both value and color, which is a little trickier. The value is still the priority, so check often with the black and white setting!
I originally planned to use black for the silhouette, but then I decided I'd prefer the teal. But I was having trouble getting it to show up on the dark background, until after I put the netting on. It doesn't add much color, but it was just enough to get my appliques to show! (Photos below-still black silhouettes, but you can see the difference after the netting is added, they show up much better on the netting! I was surprised what a difference that made.)
The trees are just squiggly triangles, and the caribou is traced from a photo of ours from 30 years ago or so. Ironically, I put the same caribou on a panel, and happened to have it with me when we drove by that spot recently. We were going from memory, so it's not exact, but it was cool to be near that spot and see how that old photo contributed to my life decades later! I'll put the caribou shape here, maybe you can trace it off of your computer screen? And then resize it on a copier if you can't on your computer. Or use your own photo if you have one! Maybe I will eventually get it added to the pattern download file, but I'm more interested in getting you to create your own designs!