Thursday, April 30, 2015

Working out a challenge part two Text

I am working on a challenge piece for my guild. The challenge is to interpret a book, story, or poem.

I do a lot of thinking on walks, and one day I composed the poem...
Each day I must overcome my pain issues to be creative. I am not alone in that, many people must overcome obstacles to their creativity daily. It's an obstacle not a brick wall. We each decide how to best cope with them and making art can transport me.
I chose the  font "papyrus", centered the text and printed the poem onto June Tailor Colorfast prepared sheets.
 It went from stark white to what you see above by way of these...
Sea sponge and Seta shimmer paints in gold, bronze and black.
It is transformed from ordinary to mystical looking in my opinion, perfect for the feel of this quilt.
I am using my own snow dyed fabrics as the large sky background, to give the feel of sun dappled forests.
Note the little hexies going in at the forest floor.

I fussed all day yesterday with proportion, shadow, and size of fabric cuts. It is due Monday night.

I will share more later but for now, here is a shot of the side border...

I bought this fabric, which is intensely more vibrant than this picture reveals from a dyer at the Houston Quilt show. It was expensive to me, $20 a yard. I bought a yard and have not allowed myself to use it yet.

Special fabrics need a special use.

I do need to use them however, not just keep them.

It was hard to cut into it, but I did. I'm glad I did.
There is such color and movement here, and it gives me joy to see it.

The quilt will be better for using it. The quilt is so personal, I think it will become one left up all year.

Of course I feel that way about most of my quilts since so many of them tell my story.

The fabric I will add along the trunk is from a Renaissance vest I made for Mr. color. This is the last of the remnants. I'll miss it. I've used it as a binding, as shadows, and now a trunk. Certain fabrics are just special!

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Thank you for visiting!  LeeAnna


  1. I absolutely love your style LeeAnna!
    Beautiful poem! And beautiful fabrics!
    Great to see such a warm and bold creative combination of fabrics!
    Looking forward to seeing this one completed !
    Take care,

  2. What a great project to use your "special" fabric for! I am looking forward to seeing the final result!

  3. Love your style! Can't wait to see the finished product.. The suspense is killing me!

  4. How creative! It's very interesting to see how people work out original designs.

  5. WOW!!!! WOW!!! WOW!!!! Love this post, love your work. What a wonderful use of that fabric! Wow! :) Have a great day! Mickie

  6. Beautiful message and colours. Looking forward to seeing the final product.

  7. The poem is perfect! Can't wait to see this quilt - it's gonna be very special

  8. I'm loving this one and that is a really special fabric - perfect for this really personal quilt. Keep it up!