Friday, February 27, 2009

Challenge 30

Challenge #30 - Friday, February 27 , 2009
Hostess - A. Carole Grant

Color Concept: Split-Complementary.

The Split complementary is slightly different than complementary. It's more sophisticated and less intense than a straight complementary color scheme. It's one color with the two colors on either side of its opposite/complement. Like Red with the two colors on each side of the complement Green, so Yellow-green and Blue-green. A couple of favorites are Yellow, Blue-Violet and Red-Violet, and also Red-Violet with Yellow and Green. Use your color wheel to find yours!

Try using shades and tints of your color combination as well.

Composition Concept: The S- curve

<> Art Glossary: Any serpentine line in art. The phrase often refers to the shape formed byfigures in gothic sculpture, with their hips thrust forward or to one side.

"S is the famous old eye-control lead-in where the river meanders, the pathwinds, the road disappears. " Quote from Robert Genn newsletter
"Line: The line or direction the viewer's eye takes to go through the picture. The objects or forms within the picture should lead the eye to the focal point. When art is viewed, most people will begin in the bottom left corner, and continue through the picture to the right. A good composition will not allow the viewer to keep going right, all the way off the page. The viewer should be lead back into the painting in a flowing motion." (use the S curve to bring the eye back into the picture)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Shattered Past/A New Beginning " Second post"

My analogous colors were of the yellow, orange, green group. And the movement I guess is obvious.. sorry I didn't post this originally.. my original post is below. I guess I got a bit too personal. Next time I won't be so emotional.

I didn't think I would have the time to do this challenge. I was going through some problems with my mom's health, my brother went into alcohol rehab for a month right after this challenge was announced. I felt as though my brain was going to burst. I layed in bed feeling sorry for myself when I decided to jump up and take on this challenge. I wanted to show how I felt.. Everything inside me was exploding out and shattering. I decided to dedicate this quilt to my brother. He has had a hard life. His addiction has just consumed him. But, with the help from his rehab, counselors, friends, family and God I am sure he will be starting a New Beginning. Sorry this is so late.. Better late than never I guess... Laura Krasinski

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pat Harvey's Challenge 29 reworked

I have changed my original challenge by using some of the suggestions from all of you wonderful artists. First I added blue net oveer the red background then quilted it a lot more. Then I outlined the birds within the bird so as to better see the tesselation. I am happy with the results. What do you think?

Pat Havey

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Catch A Falling Star 2

original design and flipped design which a few like better

I thought I posted this last night. However, it is not here. Now I'm wondering where I did post. LOL. Please let me know if you see it somewhere it doesn't belong.
I'm happy with this little quilt. I think it has the analogous colors, not sure about the movement. I used Lois Jarvis beautiful rust-tex fabric, velveteen, gold thread and gold beads. Basically I just enhanced her fabric. The combination of materials is very lush and rich in textural interest. It really beacons one to touch. Not sure if that is a good thing or not.
You might have noticed, I did NOT stick to my people theme. After the first try which I suffered with for 3 weeks, I decided to do something F U N!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Echeveria Forest

I have finally finished this small succulent quilt that I have been working on. It is about 8" x 10". I don’t want to name it Succulent V, because it doesn’t seem to be part of the same series as the other succulents. I have given it a working title of “Echeveria Forest”, but don’t know if the name fits. Any better suggestions for names? I have satin finished the edges instead of using a facing or a binding. If I hang it, I think I will mount it behind a mat.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Challenge 29 - Soaring

Like many of you, I didn't think I would get a challenge done this time because of other commitments. Someone gave me a piece of fabric with eagles, and the challenge seemed the perfect choice for this fabric. This is all commercial fabric (one of my goals is to use up some of my stash this year).
I seldom use orange, but the brown and orange of the eagle, and the challenge of using analogous colors made me stretch. So my colors are orange, yellow orange, red orange, yellow and brown.
I used paintsticks to add interest to the sky. In person, this looks more orange and less yellow, but this is the way my camera picked up the colors. Movement was added with the curved "wild geese" block, and the quilting . This is my first time doing this curved block, and I thank Caryl Bryer Fallert for the free pattern on her website. I plan to finish the edges with a facing rather than a binding, as I feel a binding would close the eagle in, and I want him to soar with freedom. This piece is 13 x 16 inches.
Your comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
LindaMac in Wyo

Saturday, February 07, 2009

It is a bit late, but all in all I think I did well being only a week late with my piece for the challenge. For want of a better name I am calling this Houses, View #1. It is small only 12.5 x 9.75 inches. Background is strip pieced then cut apart and put back together. Houses were drawn free hand so they wobble a bit. Colors are green, blue green and blue in various shades, tints and tones, depending on what I had in my stash of commercial hand dyed fabric. Embellishments are the beaded rooftops and the pearl cotton bare branched trees and bushes. My theme for these challenges is structures, and the flow of these little houses across the quilt top creates rhythm with repetition.

If anyone can come up with a better name for this little guy let me know.

Kathy Walker

Flowers in Blue

17" x 18 1/2"

The idea of tension or energy suggested to me that warm/hot colors were called for, but my design didn't match my stash nor my method of working, so mid-week I switched to pulling out other fabrics and letting them tell me how to put them together. Thus, I came up with the purple/blue/green shades, and using a strong blue for the background helped in adding a cool energy. I added lines of beads in the two lighter purple sections and in the larger two blue floral parts, and a scattering of individual beads in the green part to make a further pattern contrast.

And since I was already late, I decided to get the whole piece mounted on foam core because the shape in this case is not just a container, but an integral part of the design.

This piece needs a better title, just haven't come up with one yet, suggestions and critiques welcome!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Meet Miss Double Tail

Here she is in all her glory...thoroughly enjoyed working on this one and listening to her wants. All that is left to do is to put a sparkle (highlight) in her eyes and sew the eyes on the seahorse and fish.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Late but done

Late again but done. I'm not totally pleased with it. Part of my problem is that I've vowed not to buy any more fabric but use up some of the piles that I already have on hand. Needless to say I haven't made much of a dent and of course, small projects use less.

I was ready to try the analogous theme and chose the colors of purple, blue, blue-green, green. It didn't turn out quite like I'd hoped and I think it was mostly due to the too dark background which I couldn't get to do what I'd hoped it would.

As for the rhythm/movement or tension/energy I'd have to say it's more of a static tension in that it's repetitive and retreating. Maybe next challenge I'll do better.


Fish Gotta Swim

I seem to always be in such a hurry. I spend too much time thinking about the challenges and not enough time really working at them. I wanted to show the fish moving through the water from near to far and moving in one school. Let me know what you think. I do always forget how to do these posts and then look for comments.

I really like alot of what you all have been doing. I need to contribute more but really have been busy with Quilts of Valor and community quilts plus visiting family. Sigh. I need some time to clean my chaotic studio.

Carol Tackett

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Spring Solitude

This was a challenge in many ways:

1) I used blue. I like blue and have a lot of blue fabrics but never seem to pull them out. So---I used blue, blue-violet, red-violet, and red.

2) I used blocks of color---another fork in the road!

3) After appliqueing the blocks,I decided to do an overall quilting. So--to keep with my vegetation theme, I sketched a scene with trees, foliage, grass, hills, etc. These were transferred to some tear-away tracing paper and pinned onto the quilt. Worked like a charm! However, it probably took me close to six hours total to get out all the paper. But--do want to let you know that I'd do it again. I posted a picture of it partially quilted so you could see my quilting technique. The quilt is about 20" x 18".

All in all, I'm very pleased with the outcome. It is not edge finished--but will probably face it so it won't change in looks.

I used analogous colors. There is rhythm/movement in the quilting and tension/energy in the blocks.

Wonderful challenge--thanks. Sally