Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Solid Segments Swap Success

Say that really fast 3 times.

I finished my swap quilt. I have to say . . . this is the first real online swap I've been in. I've done blocks, and I did the Pay It Forward thing once (and got my favorite table runner in the world from Victoria), but never just a swap for a swap's sake. I didn't tell them that before I signed up, just so they'd let me in . . .

I waffled for quite awhile on picking a painting as my inspiration. Then I picked this Diebenkorn one:

Then I saw a photograph that looked like a painting, and wanted to do that, but got to thinking: "Are we supposed to really use a painting? Is using a photograph that looks like a painting cheating?" So I went back to my original idea.

Inspiration is about all I took from it. Some of the basic shapes are there, but I wanted my colors to be a bit more vivid. Why does everything I do turn out DULL in the end? I wanted COLOR. I also discovered that my stash is woefully understocked with solids, because I LOVE prints!

So I landed somewhere in the middle, still not sure that mine is any brighter than his:I hope you like it, Lisa.

9 comments:

beebee said...

You did a beautiful job on this. Your colors are perfect. This was my first swap too. I hope to be in another one again!

Lisa said...

Oh Shelly I LOVE it! I can't wait to see it up close and personal! Yours is heading off today.

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

Shelly you are so cute. As long as it inspired you, it could have looked like a pineapple! I love this! The Bold shapes, the curvy line! You worked out some cool effects! I'm starting to think this was a great idea for Machine quilting exercise. Everyone is having a great time exploring machine quilting.... Well done!

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

P.S. Swaps are good, that's how we met! hugs!

Helen said...

Your fine machine quilting really shows up on the solids. I love your black shape and am wondering if it was appliqued or pieced??? Looks fabulous!!!

Eat, Sleep, Quilt said...

omg that's so pretty, I haven't seen a quilt that I didn't just fall in love with. I've really enjoyed this swap and I wish you all could have sent me one!

Linda

Shelly said...

I appliqued the black shape on. I wanted it to be more curvy than the original painting. I had fun exploring with the machine quilting, but I'm sure glad you can't see it up close in the picture -- sorry Lisa!

Encyclopedia said...

Shelly it is wonderful...who cares it curves...smiles...it looks wonderful...i am definately jumping into one for me...although i was not in the swap...smiles...great machine quilting..

Miki Willa said...

This looks great. Sometimes, applique is what works best. Your colors are very rich.