Thursday, February 20, 2014

Yes, yes, yes….yeah!

Well I submitted my blocked out windmill quilt to Elizabeth and received her feedback.
I will first talk about my quilt and my concerns and then give you the feedback that I got.

Gathering Storm” 15 in by 15 in

I wanted a stormy sunset type fabric for the sky. I figured with a storm brewing the windmills would be turning like crazy. Plus this sky would look turbulent which could add to the idea of motion.This fabric is a piece that I snow dyed last Thursday during a snow storm in NJ. I used 2 yellows and 2 purples. Where the yellow and purple dyes overlapped some browns were created.  I had no idea if the fabric would come out right for this piece since snow dyeing while creating some wonderful fabrics can be very unpredictable.
We certainly have had plenty of snow around. My secretary said that it is good to have something to do with snow other than to shovel it! My husband even liked the piece of fabric!

My concerns that I sent to Elizabeth about the piece:
  • Are the windmills OK now or do I need some larger ones on the left hand side? Or more of them?
  • Also is the sky fabric OK?Or should I go back to my stash to find something else?
  • Are the land pieces dark enough? I wanted them to kind of blend in with the sky a bit since near sunset the distinction between sky and land is not very distinct.
  • Plus I am sure you thought of something I should be concerned about that I am not seeing.
This was Elizabeth’s feedback:

“I love it!!! the background fabric is perfect...and coming in really close on that front windmill absolutely the right thing to do...you don't need to do anything more...the vanes move, the sky moves, even the shadows move!  super. 
Are the windmills OK now or do I need some larger ones on the left hand side?
no that would make the balance too static...that long diagonal totally works as a balance for the largest windmill.
Or more of them? not at all...would serve no purpose and just clutter things up.
Are the land pieces dark enough? I wanted them to kind of blend in with the sky a bit since near sunset the distinction between sky and land is not very distinct.
I think they really are and I like that the values get a little darker in the bottom left hand corner - you've made absolutely the right choice.  They're a medium value and that works well. 

Now wouldn't this be amazing if it were 60 by 60?!!!!  Back out to the snow dyeing - quickly!!”

I was so happy yesterday when I read the feedback. In fact today I am still doing a happy dance!
One thing I never thought of is the background fabric helping to balance the composition of the windmills. I thought you would need more windmills to do that. At one point I had the diagonal of the sky fabric going the other way. I guess I figured that did not work and flipped it, but did not know why it did not work the other way. It basically added weight to the already heavy side of the piece.

Did you know that the background fabric can help to balance the composition? Please tell me that I am not the only one that did not know that and have never thought about the background fabric that way before. Maybe it is because a lot of times the background fabric is not that graphic and strong and does not really balance or unbalance the composition? I guess now I should think more seriously about the background fabric!

One thing is for sure is that I am still learning. And Elizabeth is right that this would be great as a large piece. I would have to have a great sky fabric for that. If I happen to snow dye a large piece that works I might just do this much larger….someday.
Thanks for reading and go visit Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday to read what other great quilt artists are doing.
http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/2014/02/off-wall-friday.html

Chris

18 comments:

NancyB85374 said...

Wow! Amazingly beautiful. Can't say enough. Wonderful to get such positive feedback from Elizabeth. You are an amazing artist.

Bonnie said...

You have done it again .hris. beautiful work. I was struck by the tree before the moon drawing in a previous post. It so reminds me of a children's book cover. I thought it was T allipo. But while typing this I realized it was Ghost Eye Tree. I had to look it up on Amazon and realized it was quite different. Thought you might enjoy the motion shown in the cover ... Check it out at http://www.amazon.com/The-Ghost-Eye-Tree-Owlet-Book/dp/0805009477/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392922363&sr=8-1&keywords=ghost+eye+tree

Great job on the windmills.

Quilt Musings said...

OH MY! This is beyond over the top! Beautifully done!! Nancy said it, you are an amazing artist!!

Wil said...

Well done!

The Inside Stori said...

In capital letters......SUCCESS!!!

Norma Schlager said...

I agree with all that's been said. The fabric is gorgeous and so is the whole quilt!

Norma Schlager said...

I agree with all that's been said. The fabric is gorgeous as is the whole quilt and, yes, it would be stunning at 60" x 60".

Norma Schlager said...

I agree with all that's been said. The fabric is gorgeous and so is the whole quilt!

Ineke said...

The background has a great influance. Snowdyeing is always a surprise. Well done.

Gwyned Trefethen said...

Everything comes together beautifully, especially the sense of perspective.

LA Paylor said...

nice balance, color, sense of place, sense of distance and movement.
LeeAnna
lapaylor.blogspot.com

Marilyn Wall said...

simply beautiful. as I read your questions I formed my own opinion and was amazed that Elizabeth critique followed my own thinking. My thought was as I stated before simply beautiful.
My post this week talks a little about background and how it can change a piece.

knitnkwilt said...

I'm glad you chose this one to finish, especially since it turned out so well. No, I've never thought of background fabric doing anything but receding and supporting the foreground. I agree with your observation that we don't always have such bold background fabric. I've been resisting doing my own dyeing, maybe I should rethink that.

The Idaho Beauty said...

This is such a strong piece - I can't say enough good things about it - well, Elizabeth has kind of taken care of that! I immediately felt the strength and movement created by shifting your large windmills to the right and then trailing the smaller ones along the ridge - you even created the feeling of the line of them curving. The sense of depth is incredible. And yes, it would not be nearly as powerful without that background fabric. I feel the impending storm. Perfect! Congrats - keep on dancing!

Amy Art Quilter & Fyber Cafe said...

Your snow dyed fabric is bold and bright, it did not get muddy, such a great sense of drama it added to the sky! Wonderful!

Hilary Florence said...

Wow, you are buzzing! It is lovely to be that excited by a piece and I agree completely with Elizabeth - your dyed piece is perfect. Congratulations

Vera Holmgren said...

It's wonderful, I love the colors!

els said...

Beautiful. I can imagine how happy you must haven been with the feedback from Elizabeth. The snowdying turned out wonderful.