Monday, April 14, 2014
Finally moo-ving forward on my guild challenge quilt. The challenge is to represent a State. I knew what State. I knew what elements I wanted but not how I wanted to lay it out. There are many decisions to make when working on an original design, how many of this, how large to make that, what fabrics, what to do with borders, etc.
You never know where inspiration will come from.
I wanted to use an idea like this behind my focal point. So I got out my wedge ruler and some of my gold and yellow batiks.
Aren't they pretty? I have collected a lot of yellows over the years. Some people are reluctant to use yellow or orange but I find them stimulating. I once did a very traditional basket quilt with trapunto and lots of quilting almost all in yellows. It showed in many quilt shows and won a lot of prizes despite my friends saying I couldn't put all that yellow in one quilt.
My problem is not in using yellow, but in allowing myself to cut into fabric I love!
I haven't done a sketch this time but started with one little element.
I plan to put them somewhere in a border. Getting an idea what State yet? No, not that one.
I made them from teensy little batik scraps. The flamingos are less than an inch, perfect.
Once again, I am working under pressure to meet the deadline. This plus the pollen giving me a headache. Plus the recent change from cold weather to hot so that I had to take three hours yesterday to change out the closet from winter to summer clothes so I wouldn't melt on walks!
Wish me luck in finishing!