Wednesday, July 30, 2014

“Gossip Central” Done!!!!

Well nearly done. I still have to block it to get the markings out and sew on a facing. I had thought of binding it that multicolored “magic” fabric. The piece I have is so full of holes that is is not good for binding strips at this point so I had to order more fabric. After thinking about it and consulting with some people as well as EB, I decided I will face this so the birds will not look like they are in a cage and that they are free to fly away! Well now I will have another yard of my magic fabric. I wonder for what quilt in the future I will use it in.

I had to send the photo of the finished quilt off to EB because we are leaving today for Penn State to celebrate our anniversary and then to Pittsburgh to visit my dad. I will be in Pittsburgh until August 9 so I am also linking to Nina-Marie today as well since I will be away from my computer and won’t be able to write any blogs for a while.

I can’t believe how I struggled with this one. I have not had this much trouble with choosing fabrics for a long time. I even struggled with how to quilt this. I started by doing echo quilting around the birds and decided that was not what I wanted. So I ripped that out and did the lines (uneven and unevenly spaced) parallel to the wires. That looked much better, but was more work. I have the neck pain today to prove that! I think it came out well in the end.

The finished size is 20 in by 30 in.

 What do you think? My daughter loves it and she is going to hang it on her wall. That is saying a lot since she is usually pretty picky. Turquoise is her favorite color.

Thanks for reading and thanks for all your comments and support while I struggled with this.

Chris

Monday, July 28, 2014

Done with the analysis and how to find a critique partner

I have taken my daughter’s and Idaho Beauty’s advise and and picked my version #2 and added a magic bird in the bottom right group. After trimming this down I am thinking of binding this in the magic fabric. I cut up a bird to get a few strips to see how that might look. I will not decide until it is quilted.

This is what my wonderful daughter said:

“I think you might have just been looking at it too long. I think they all look pretty good! I think overall I like #2 the best. I like how the one bird in the top line is facing the opposite direction (so #1 is also good but I think I like the fabrics in #2 better). I also like in general how the top line is mostly lighter birds and the bottom is mostly darker ones, but there are still variations sprinkled in.”

Idaho Beauty suggested adding a magic bird to the bottom right group to shake up that group. So I am done thinking about this. I have not done that much over analysis in a long, long time. Probably not since my “Over the Sea to Skye” quilt. That analysis I am embarrassed to say took years.

I am exhausted!!! Who could have thought that quilting could be just as tiring as running a marathon….

A few people have suggested that I need to have a critique partner or buddy…someone to bounce ideas off of or give honest input when I am stuck. I wish there was an art quilt group in NJ, but I haven’t been able to find one. Sure you can post on your blog, but sometimes that does not help. I have had plenty of cases where the opinions are split which is not really helpful when you are stuck. Also sometimes you get no opinions at all. I am not sure how to interpret that. I wonder if I run an ad on Craig’s list if I could find someone. While my daughter is very helpful she does not like me bugging her all of the time.  Any ideas how to find a critique partner????

Thanks for reading and for all the comments.

Chris