As promised, I’ve got a picture of what I’ve accomplished this week. This is a before and after picture of a small art quilt I made last December. I’m a procrastinator, and as usual was up against a deadline. It was begun and finished in one week. At the time, I thought I did pretty good. After reading and studying more about design principles, I realized it wasn’t all THAT. LOL
The photo on the left was taken from the gallery show. The lighting is very different from natural daylight at my home. The colors in the right photo are more true to the piece:
Isn’t there a big difference between the two photos? When I made the piece, my intent was to emphasis the curved pieced center. It failed miserably. The fused fabric strips were applied willy nilly. Big mistake. The pieced curves are hard to see, and the center looks chaotic.
I removed most of the fused strips – not all that hard to do – and re-aligned them to echo the curved pieced background. Ahh, much better. But I didn’t stop there. I also ripped out some of the close zig-zag stitching so it was all on one side of each long curve. Again an improvment.
Next, I started adding more rows of quilting. You can see it on the bottom horizontal curve, but I’m not too sure I want to densely quilt the center. I think it will throw off the border, so the quilted line might be removed, and no more quilting added.
As for the border? If I was making this again, I would never put that border on. It totally stops the design. It would have curved edges, and maybe some solid black fabric on 2 of the edges. This way the flow would continue off the piece and into infinity.
Lastly, I’d probably applique the hummingbird instead of embroidering it. You might be saying, “Hummingbird? I don’t see a hummingbird. Where is it?” 😉 It’s in the bottom left corner, and it was barely visible in the original version. Now it is sporting 4 different colors of acrylic paint, plus some ink, and finished off with a Shiva paintstick. Before it was embroidered and couched, and even though it was several layers of sewing with various thicknesses of thread, it was hard to see.
What am I learning? A lot. First off, don’t rush through a project. Secondly, follow through with your intent. I spent a lot of time hand piecing that center, and instead of echoing the curves – as I intended – I put the strips on so they looked balanced across the top – with no thought to the intent. I ended up with something that looked like a tic-tac-toe drawing.
Reworking this quilt after I learned more about how line functions in design is a success in my eyes. By applying the textbook Line design principles to an art quilt, I’m making the transition from book work to studio work.
Am I psyched? You bet. Do I want to do more? You bet. Did I get the line studying done in one month like I originally stated? NO. Does that get me down? NO. I’m moving at my own pace. Slowly but surely I will read, absorb, and make a new art quilt or revise one already made for each design principle.
Am I finished learning about how Line functions in an art quilt? LOL That will never happen. This is a life time effort, but my first line piece/revision has been completed, and my next piece will focus on Shape. Hugs…