Tuesday, January 4, 2011

bit more process, intuition


 Some of you may recall this quilt from way back... 
This was from our SCRAP BAG SWAP.
My partner was BONNIE, and she sent me this lovely 
collection of fabrics of oranges and yellows, greens and purples...

(this is a great challenge for your self... 
try taking a Bunch of blindly grabbed scraps and using them 
all up in an abstract quilt top)

This quilt has taken on many transformations...

what started out as a little play on geese, quickly turned into, 
how can I use EVERY SINGLE PIECE SHE SENT ME...

 I worked very quickly trying to keep it abstract, 
and often using pieces as she sent them to me...
(meaning I didn't even cut them into any other shapes)

Like that Yellow on the far right in a sort of triangle shape..
I had to figure out how I could stitch that together without cutting it...
Good Y seam practice for sure...

The outer border was the only place where I added some of my own fabrics... 
the neutral tans was added by me, because I decided I did want the 
light space all around it to make the abstract design pop out..

I then also add the DARK GREEN strip at the bottom right,
to just PULL YOUR eye down to the bottom edge of the quilt.
 I tried at one point to add in a vintage block that I had laying around 
with some same colors
But didn't  see the point to it... so out it came
I am not one to use WHITE, so the fact that she through in some black and white prints,
and the ORANGE with white, became my biggest challenge...

I think the rest of the LIGHTS helped balance that big chunk in the middle... 
other wise it flattened the whole image...
I basted it months ago, hoping to have this done by now...
then hoped to do it over xmas break... I did start to quilt it...
 Hated it, and it looked sloppy, so now I sit with my seam ripper ripping that out...
 I walked by it today, and thought, I know what I will do! 
(even though I had ten other things planned for today)
I found my yellow marking pencil, drew one wavy line across it...
And  away I went...
I am going to do that whole quilt following that one line...
Putzy walking foot sewing, but it gives great texture and 
will allow the abstract to just be what it is...

(it's also boring, so, I had my break, I better get back to it! ;-)

6 comments:

CharlotteP said...

Great quilt...spring in the air (or wishful thinking!) The wavy quilting is perfect...but seam ripping...argh!!!

Alexis said...

Love the texture! With the light border it reminds me of Zen gardens... a great place to be mentally when sitting with seam ripper!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

The colors of your triangles are so full of life! It really sings.

QuiltSwissy said...

Amazingly cool. I like it. I am so scared to try this. But seeing the things that went into this one, and it actually looks good, I may be inspired by your Intuition to do my own soon!

glen

Carol E. said...

I love it, and love the texture that your quilting is adding.

Encyclopedia said...

Okay...i love it...now that does it..i just locaated some languishing tops in the midst of my sewing room revamp part IV, and i will try that and just use the scraps and see what happens...great concept...i love the abstract feel of it...will it become a King size....smiles