Sunday, July 3, 2011

Solids Swap - Italy

I was so totally prepared to come here and whine and beg forgiveness and claim (rightly so) that I was so busy with life stuff that I couldn't possibly meet deadlines.  I have been spending most of my between crisis times searching the Internet for the perfect painting.  The just right photo.  The one that would sweep me away.  It was tough.  Then I got sucked into the  sewing.

There were ideas for a lot of photos I saw, and as people posted and I saw what they were choosing, it was always like..........darn....they got the GOOD one.  What will I do now???

Then I saw this one just this afternoon.  I really liked the colors, and Song is from California.  It looks really California to me.  Actually it is Italy.  It could be either in my mind's eye.

I also liked the piecing potential in there.  It looks like one picture was painted.  Then another.  The first was slashed and the second one inserted.  I definitely liked that idea.

Of course to really do that I needed about 5 more inches.  But I adjusted.  I will come to that, my darlings.

First, I chose fabrics.  I had been saving these beauties for something special.  I figured one day I would get the courage to cut them up.  Up to this point, I was not able to do that.

Then I cut the fabrics up.  Yes, I did.  I really did!

Then I sewed them back together.  I am liking this.  Proceeding with wild abandon.
The dogs were bugging the doo-doo out of me, so I got up, yelled at Frank and got back to work.

Here is the little tower.  Oops, I need another building.  And a larger sea on one side. 

That's more like it.  Where is that tree now?  While I was thinking up the tree, I though it needed a stop border.  You know, when things get really busy?  So I framed my little picture.

Now my excitement level is leveling out.  And I am beginning to critique it.  I like the seam lines, it makes it look something I liked somewhere else.  But of course I am beginning to think it is not so great now.

Maybe I will try again in a couple more days. 




Miki Willa said...

I really like this, Glen.

Barbara Arcement said...

It looks great. Once you quilt it you will see it in a different light. I really like it!

Unknown said...

This looks great - I love your interpretation!!

CharlotteP said...

It does look great, Glen. Hope you will be inspired to do II, III and IV! You really captured the tree with the triangle...maybe more triangles? And perhaps more of the beautiful sunny yellow?

Victoria Findlay Wolfe said...

Quilt it! Have fun with the details! It's lovely!

Eat Sleep Quilt said...

I like what you've done so far, the sunny colors really make it a happy quilt! And I know what you mean about cutting into fabrics, I cut into some batiks recently and you know what - it really felt good to be using them!


Nancy Bowron said...

Give yourself a break - it is wonderful! I like the strip idea that is shifted and re-sewn. Oh, you've inspired me to play!

Anonymous said...

... Song really likes that one, you know. *grin*

I've been falling behind - I had a houseguest and I couldn't do ANY creating for days. I think I'm having withdrawals!

I'm finally alone again and I'm going to spend the rest of today staring at lovely, calming deserts and pictures of the Grand Canyon and Sonora to see what I can come up with for you.

I can't wait.