|book by Jenn MacKinlay and hilariously read on audio|
|6" wide X 4" long|
I used some Mary Engelbreit fabric on the sides, and after seeing how cute this was decided not to put it on the top and bottom too... I LOVE the size and shape. I put batting on the back, quilted it, then backed it and did an envelope turn.
This tiny project helped me to finally face the BIG BAG of walnut shells I bought at the pet store long ago. It was so heavy I never opened it. DH toted it downstairs, where I divided it up into 4 ziplock bags to make using it easier. I admit I made this for my friend Pat in NY (Miss Pat) who said she would love to have the painting. I also admit to being slightly attached to this which is why it's still sitting on my table... and I just cannot risk going to the post office yet because of the doubled infection rate.
It is for you Pat and will be sent later.
While going thru my blues bin, I spied some cut off curvy pieces from making a flowering snowball one year... looks like flowers!
then because the colors were so close in value the growing whole artwork began to look messy, with no distinct feel of flower field like in my mind.
when that happens with an abstract work, I start moving sections around on the design wall. The sections are all raw, odd shaped, so there is overlap, or open areas to be be fitted together eventually.
Finally I settled on sort of a spiral setting with one applique flower shape in the center, and the true work began of fitting and seaming the sections together one by one, changing the layout slightly as they were combined.
It's a fun puzzle to me!
this is the plan... add in some great greens to showcase the petals and give me a finished edge. I don't have to even up the outside but I want to as it will give order to a chaotic piece with so many fabrics in it. I will admit working abstracts is still challenging for me but made for a change after finishing the pattern used in last week's cabana quilt.
So if you need me, likely I'll be in the studio working on this, and hopefully go right into quilting and finishing it this time.
1. value plays the largest part when using a lot of fabrics, so even color change isn't enough to create strong lines
2. pieces look different when under the needle than on the wall in one larger piece
3. keep a vision in mind but allow for right turns during the creation
4. too many patterns can blend or become distracting... figure out what's going on in your work
5. don't throw away little scraps as good art from little scraps grows...
the first book I mentioned was Lost in Paris by Elizabeth Thompson a story of relationships, mysteries about your great grandmothers, Paris, Food, love and life.