Our guild is making boreal forest themed art to hang in the children's area of our town library. I decided to portray the cheeky squirrel that scolded me last year when hubby and I were camping.
|Cheeky boreal forest inhabitant!|
I thought I'd attempt the collage technique Susan Carlson describes in her book, Serendipity Quilts. She does the exact opposite of most artists by starting with elements closest to the viewer and working toward the background.
|To make my pattern, I projected my photo onto a large piece of paper and "traced" the important lines.|
|Auditioning fabrics - the challenge fabric is the folded rectangle in the center, front.|
I didn't have tons of scraps to collage, so instead I filled spaces with larger pieces. With no quilt shop nearby, I do my best with what I've got.
Having said that, nothing in my stash would do for my background.
Frustrated, I asked my Mom if I could raid her stash (again).
Luckily, she has a wide range of - well - everything!!! (And she knows where to dig when I make silly requests like, "Do you have any red-violet in light-ish values?") Thanks, Mom!!!
Now to bend my brain and make a quilting plan that will give this fella's tail some fluff without requiring a ton of thread painting! (I'd like to finish it sometime this century. Ha!)
Speaking of finishing in this century . . .
. . . I have finally finished stitching around all the bits on this piece!
To be fair, it hasn't been a priority. I've really only worked on it during a couple of sewing days with my guild, but the other day I felt a need to move it forward.
|Cropped into a rectangle|
This was a design I came up with, years ago, in a class based on exercises from Katie Pasquini Masopust's book, Design Explorations. It is an awkward shape, so I will be cropping it (as shown above) to make it more pleasing. (Augh! I will be cutting off some of the work I just finished!)
I'd considered REALLY chopping it - into a square - but think it will be fine as a rectangle.
|Possible square crop|
Uh oh. Now I think I like the square better.
I don't think there is a wrong answer, really. It feels more "garden-y" as a rectangle, and more abstract as a square. Annnnd - I continue to flip and flop! Help!
What do you think? Rectangle, or square?
Fresh off the Frame
I'm behind with client show and tell these days, so let's catch up a bit!
This block of the month looks fantastic finished with large, flowing feathers!
Minky on the back makes this pretty quilt perfectly cozy!
This gorgeous desert scene required many starts and stops. Rather than cutting my thread each time I ran into an obstacle, I secured my stitches and "jumped" to the next starting point.
Before quilting the cacti, I snipped away the jump threads.
The illusion of perspective and distance guided my quilting decisions. I wanted to keep things simple since Arizona skies are often devoid of clouds, so I used slightly wavy lines spaced progressively further apart as they ascend. This supports my intent, plus wavy lines remind me of heat waves!
Please remember to chime in about the cropping issue - and have yourself a very happy day!
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