Tuesday, September 30, 2008
My series for this challenge – and a few of the next ones will be based on the concept of “spirit”. I like to draw abstract images, and thought I would try to capture rather abstract concepts in this series. My sketch was made before the challenge was announced, but that was a very good thing, since I just had until today to complete the piece as we are packing for a trip tomorrow. I chose to use the vertical orientation and the color scheme of yellow-orange/ purple-violet. I’ve been going broke on fusible webbing lately so I have tried to develop a method of getting what I want – free flowing designs, without fusing. I made my design on freezer paper labeled it and cut out the pieces. Then I ironed the cut pieces onto fabrics that I intended to use. Leaving a liberal seam allowance I cut out the fabric pieces. Using the batting as my background I just raw edge pieced them into place. After trimming the fabric to the stitch line I used machine embroidery to give a finished look to the piece. My piece is now partially quilted, I added the backing and proceeded to add detail quilting which is not yet finished in this piece. I hope to add the remaining quilting, some embellishment and the binding (a dark purple) to the quilt when we get back from our trip. The quilt measures 20” x 31.5”. I would love to hear any ideas on embellishments for this quilt (a weak point for me). I have been amazed at the depth of really good work coming out of this group on this challenge especially – we really ought to have a FFFC show.
Monday, September 29, 2008
The purplish zipper is needle turn applique and the background is pieced.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I have my right hand in a cast for another month...so no new work...but my series will be women at work and since this piece that Ive donee fits with this months challenge I have decided to use it.
I have used the complimentary colors of orange-blue, have tried to follow the principles of design. I look forward to your comments .
Many of you will recognize this gal.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I've posted my piece Mossy Delight - I took the yellow-green/red-violet complementary color scheme. I pieced my signature background. Then added a vertical tree - I played around with the tree texture - in the past I've done primarily couched yarn this time I did more fabric pieced tree then added the yarn as an accent with thread work for the branches.
The finished size is 11 1/2 x 19 1/2.
I must admit - it's kind of psychedelic as a tree. Not what one would find in reality. But kind of working on the abstraction rather than a reality. It may be fun to try a few more of the compliments.
In Sunny Seattle
I love the full moon and it affects me deeply.
Through this series i want to work through some personal feelings; and some weird dreams.
The piece is bound and quilted.
Any critiques/ suggestions are appreciated.
Thanks for looking.
I strayed a tiny bit from the challenge by adding the circle, originally it was just the undersea part, but then the series inspiration struck and this was perfect for the first one, I just needed to add a porthole!
My series is going to be *Through My Windows* and each will use blue and orange somewhere outside the windows.
This is 23x19 and still needs to be quilted
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Challenge # 25 - Friday, September 26, 2008
Guest Hostess – Cynthia Ann Morgan
Working in Series: Choose an idea from an art quilt you have completed in the past or start with a new idea. What is the idea, what is intriguing about it, and what do you want to do with it? Brainstorm possibilities with thumbnail sketches or descriptive lists. Choose the one you like the most.
Color Concept: Complementary color scheme is made up of two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel.
The complements we think of first because they contain one of the primary colors, red, blue or yellow are:
Purple and Yellow,
Red and Green,
Orange and Blue
But we also have the more sophisticated complementary color combinations using the secondary colors:
Red-violet and Yellow-green,
Red-orange and Blue-green,
Yellow-orange and Blue-violet.
Choose a complementary color scheme to work with on your piece. These will be the main colors. To add depth, richness and interest, be sure to use variations of the color:
different values (light, medium, dark)
shades (blackened color),
tones (grayed color),
tints (pale, whitened color)
pure hues (color without black, gray or white).
It is fine to use some neutrals (black, white, cream, gray or beige), but otherwise try to stick to your main colors.
Composition Concept: Vertical, Horizontal or Diagonal layout
Vertical design is strong (think of a pole), horizontal design is relaxing (think of lying down) while diagonal design is dynamic (think of a river flowing). Choose one for your design layout. If you’re really brave, try a combination.
Monday, September 08, 2008
My initial attempt with this piece was rather lifeless with no focal point. I think I remedied that by adding some very dark fabrics in the foreground and near the horizon.
I have been reminded again how important contrast is to the success of a piece. I seem to be learning this lesson over and over again.
Update September 24, 2008:
I decided to act on the suggestion to add some dark to the water area. I’m not sure about how this affected the balance, but I think it has added some dimension to the middle section and unified it more with the rest of the piece.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Hi all.. when I heard what the last challenge I had to try it. I have only been a member for a few days but, I think I am going to love this group. I love flowers and love abstract. I did this piece in a hurry I guess just to see if I could.. Now that it is done I can be my worst critique.. The flowers got lost in the background fabric and really don't pop... It was fun to practice my free motion quilting and boy do I need the practice. But, all in all it was just fun to make a smaller quilt.. The quilt is 15x11....thanks.. Laura
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Here's a blast from the past - I reworked my unnamed challenge piece from Challenge 7. I never did finish the first challenge piece - the challenge was to use an unusual piece of fabric. I had used some upholstery fabric. The one comment I had was to put a focal point on it - so I put on a beaded caterpillar that looked more like a centipede. So it sat for well over a year waiting to see what would happen next - after Challenge 21 -deconstruction my answer awaited. So I slashed and slashed some more. The first slash I put in the light brown - but that didn't work so I slashed again with the dark brown. Now I don't hate the piece and have even named it - Jeepers Creepers - finished size 9 x 28 1/2.
Monday, September 01, 2008
I cut the shapes freehand and changed the composition somewhat. I tried to work mostly from scraps from my scrap bin. I fused the shapes to the background using Misty Fuse. I really enjoyed this challenge and the opportunity to work a little looser than I often do.
The main image of my quilt is a scan because I am having trouble getting crisp images with my camera(s). The scanner cut off the borders because this is just a little too large. But I love the edge treatment, so at right, there is a scan of it, too. I inserted a folded purple piece of fabric for a piping effect.
I invite all comments and critiques.