Saturday, February 20, 2021

Face the facts... challenge

 

the Project Quilting challenge this week, was to use the block snail's trail, & start and finish within one week. My quilt, called Face Facts is 14" X 18". 

I printed out elongated snail's trails blocks thinking to make them into a table runner... but when I finished two I thought, eyes... so I made one block with hot pink for a mouth and turned it sideways. 

this scrap of fabric became the center diamonds

and the eyes...

I chose borders to balance the three blocks, and quilted with metallic pink, metallic white, silver and black threads. It took a direction that I didn't foresee...

now that it's finished, I'm considering whether to add some details...

It's  very strong visually, almost hard to see. I am calling it either speak out! or Face facts! 

 but see her mouth the only source of color, as a focal point. How many times was I compelled to be silent, to accept what was done to me, or given me, with no power to reject it... 

As I worked on it, I thought of how I am tired of being quiet... of putting up with censorship and expectations that I just be "nice:" and go along with things...

It's done, but I have to decide if I want it to be more abstract allowing the viewer to see what they see... or impart a more personal direction with words... what do you think? (leaning toward loud artist)


amazing that this small work became significant

 I have started a table runner for the challenge Table Scraps, using yellow the RSC color of the month

My plan is to make drunkard's path blocks from my black and white scraps, and yellow scraps, and piece them into half circles. 

I have Betty Kiser's templates and have used them many times over the years to make the blocks. You can do a lot with placement and color. That's my rotating and two templates. I use three pins only. 

that's four blocks, not sewn. I expect they will be moved around a lot before I'm done.

A big finish for me this week was the little painted heart piece, but now I think this post is very heavy with pictures so I should wait to do a separate post tomorrow... for now, here is a detail pic

you can see some painting in layers, some quilting all free motion with many threads, and beads mounded up in flower centers. Complete post coming soon
linking to

https://kimlapacek.com/2021/02/12-4-snails-trail-challenge-4-of-project-quilting-season-12.html




19 comments:

  1. Looking forward to seeing what you decide to do about embellishments for your "completed" PQ12.4 quilt, LeeAnna. LOVE what you are doing with your YELLOW scraps for the TABLE SCRAPS Challenge!! Thanks for the teaser of your pretty little Heart project, but you can bet I'll be back tomorrow to see how that finished up, too.

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  2. Cool adaptation of the snail trail LeeAnna !

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  3. It's always interesting to see how a block turned one way or another can help you "see" something different. I love what you've done with these snail's trails and what you're saying through your art, too!

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  4. The snail trail piece is amazing. I like the idea of adding words.

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  5. Your challenge quilt is awesome! I vote for loud =) Love the yellow bits in the table scraps challenge. Looking forward to tomorrow's post as well.

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  6. The snail's trail is fascinating. I especially like the eyes complete with the eyelashes.

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  7. Wow! Just wow! Your PQ12.4 is splendid! I like the word addition. Either “ loud” or “Authentic”.
    Can’t wait to see your completed Table Scraps. And I’ll wait patiently for tomorrow’s post about your painted heart,

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  8. Wow! I love that snail's trail quilt! I like your round blocks! Pretty flowers, too - can't wait to see the whole thing!

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  9. Your artistry is astounding. The Project Quilting piece is so creative and finding those eyelashes just makes this shine. Well done.
    Pat

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  10. I saw the face right away! I absolutely love this! I vote either leave it as is or loud artist! I always tend to overdo things so I might not be the best person to take advice from. This is seriously amazing!!!!

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  11. Love that creative snail trail face! Fantastic!

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  12. I love the black and white along with a single other color. Striking!

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  13. LOVE the face and humor of this block! Good job!

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  14. I love your Face Facts project. I saw the face right away too! I'm not usually attracted to modern-type quilts but this one is right up my alley. I love it and I know my daughter would love it too. The drunkard's path looks like a neat project too!

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  15. Black and white with a pop of color is always so striking. Nice job.

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  16. LeeAnna, this is AWESOME!! My favorite of all of the snail’s trail challenge projects I’ve seen, easily. I love the way you started with one intent, but saw something different in your work in progress that led you in a different direction. I think I get locked-in, tunnel-vision when I’m working and could probably benefit by asking more “what if” questions throughout my process instead of focusing so intently on my original idea.

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  17. When I saw the thumbnail of this, I wasn't sure what it was. But then the title explained it all. Congrats on a great project!

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  18. This is a gift from the muse, whispering in your ear, saying speak up, speak up! Personally, I would let the pink mouth remain the focal point. Let her be enigmatic, like the Mona Lisa with her smile.

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  19. How clever of you to elongate the snail's trail and turn it into a face. I like the idea of having different words in the border.

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