Sometimes it is the little things that matter most in making a quilt. A few weeks ago I had in my mind's eye a quilt similar to gentle dawn. But with more of a horizon. And the sun--I wanted the sun to have just risen with the reds and oranges, the yellows and pinks streaking across the sky. A joyful dawn.
Now those who follow my work know that I have a constant fascination with the sky, the horizon, the promise of the dawn. Just look at prairie dawn. A quilt from a few years ago.
Or prairie sky. Another piece from a couple years ago.
Of course I begin by piecing what I know. The gradually changing colors of blues and lavenders. Pinks and yellows. How happy and cheerful on my design board. Pin up a piece of red to see what it will look like.
Not bad. But it lacks the zing of the color changes I want to add. Let's see what happens.
OK--still seems a bit stilted though, doesn't it? Shouldn't I use more oranges? Magentas? Where is the pop? Let me play with the colors. Cut lots of strips of fabric. Lay them out on the table.
Better. But should I take even more risks?
Yes, that marble looking fabric does help--doesn't it? Not sure who donated it to me--but thank you so much. Amazing how much one fabric can add to the quilt. I play a bit more and piece. How does it look?
Not bad--but could it be even better. Step up the yellow a bit more. Take more risks. I take out a few rows. Try again. Gotta love my seam ripper.
Yes, isn't this what I want? Doesn't it sing? It always feels like such a risk to begin sewing it together.
But yes, I like that effect. Enough yellows and golds to make it pop. Not so bright it feels garish. Now, I can't wait to show it at the Washington Craft Show December 2-4--check it out at http://craftsamericashows.com/WASH_main.htm
What do you think? How much do your quilts change as you play with them? How do you move forward?