Monday, July 21, 2014

“Gossip Central” Feedback

I got feedback on my birds on wires quilt. This is what EB said about it:

This is fun and I think it works really well….if not yet sewn together, I'd reverse the values of the turquoise….and think about contrasting the value of the birds to the background.  also be careful with their placement - the top line divides into two groups rather evenly which leads to an invisible vertical line right in the middle!!!  So a little bit more syncopation….
Very good idea to vary the values like that - gradation is an effective way to indicate movement.  I also wonder if 7 birds per row might help to avoid some of the very balanced symmetry - though I do know that the Adagio has a solid 6 beats per bar in the bass clef!! But not in the right…so you could actually omit a bird from the top line and push a couple closer together and that would work well…create just a little more interest.Very nice idea, and lovely evocative outlines!

So I started on working on the revisions right away. I was not convinced about putting the dark turquoise at the top and the light one at the bottom. If I was a betting person I would have bet that this would not work at all. Boy was I wrong!!!!  Idaho Beauty convinced me to give it a try.

I am still working on the bird fabrics. Not sure I am happy with what is in my stash. I am dyeing some reds today and then if none of those work it is off to the quilt store tomorrow. I have lots of blues in my stash but very little reds especially after making two Christmas quilts.


This is what EB said about the revised quilt.

And now we see it with the rearrangement I suggested: See how the contrast in values helps set up extra rhythms!



I never would have thought to have set it up this way. What do you think about the revision?

The title was given to me by someone in an online quilt group that I belong to. It fits it perfectly! Thanks, Janice. Can’t you just see those birds gossiping?

Thanks for reading and commenting.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Birds on a wire first try

How does a quilt that looks like it will be easy turn into a headache? I think it happens as soon as you think that it will be easy! I have to remember that nothing is easy for me when it comes to creativity.

Color Inspiration

I was looking through my fabrics and took a break for lunch. While making lunch I looked at an Amish quilt that I made many, many years ago hanging on the dining room wall and thought red and turquoise. I happened to have a turquoise gradation that I dyed in EB’s class. These were 4 quarter yard pieces. Unfortunately the two darkest ones looked pretty much the same so that left me with 3 shades of turquoise to work with. That answered the question of whether to do 2 or 3 lines of birds. I was leaning toward 2 lines anyways….well at least that is what I am telling myself. I guess I could always dye some more turquoise fabric…yeah right. I guess depending on EB feedback I might be doing that.

Now to pick reds. I found 2 red dot fabrics that I received from someone in one of my online groups. I never thought that I would ever use them. I added one of the fabrics that I monoprinted last week at Create NJ and a red batik and a dark red. So now I am ready to go to work….wrong.

I decided to soak my hand dyed turquoise fabrics and the reds. That took all day yesterday. Lots of dyes coming out of the reds and the turquoise. Yikes!




My Amish inspiration. Hand quilted back when I could see well enough to quilt black on black!






The first run at the quilt

So here is my first run at the quilt. I will let this sit on the design wall and come back to it later. This one I think I will bind in red. Have to decide about the 2 bright red dot birds. If I use them I have to back them with white fabric since the background fabric is showing through them.

I have to decide if I want to satin stitch around the birds and the wires in a black or dark thread to outline them. I think that might look good. Or maybe put black fabric behind them a little bigger than the birds to outline them. To outline or not to outline that is the question. So sorry, William.

What do you think? Feedback appreciated.

Linking to Nina-Marie. She has her rhythm quilt posted. Check it out.

Thanks for reading.