On the other hand, I find the finished quilt does stretch me in ways that I would not always venture. This is especially true of large quilts.
Of course the customer may want to know what the quilt looks like before I make it--this is only fair. Indeed it helps me refine my vision. But I am a self taught artist and while I may get the vision in my mind, frequently it is hard for me to convey the concept to the customer.
So sometimes I do what I do best--make a quilt. Think with the fabric. Make sure that my idea works.
This time, the order is for a large quilt similar to my quilt "rainbows of autumn."
|rainbows of autumn--quilt--45x45"--Ann Brauer|
But using the piecing techniques of "winter light". You may remember this quilt also. Large strips with colors that progress from light to dark. Of course this time, the inserts are not included.
|winter light--99x99 inches--quilt--Ann Brauer|
However the colors will be different. The teals and oranges of spring. Just a bit of fuschia. Some browns and tans. Blues. I don't want a color progression but more the rolling colors of "rainbows of autumn". So I arrange and rearrange the fabrics.
And start to sew. Yes, this sample will be smaller--much smaller than the finished quilt so I can't use nearly as many fabric. But maybe it will give me an idea what it will look like and help me learn what the possibilities of this colorway are. What changes I need to make. Let me see.
Not bad. I am not sure about that yellow--is it too bright? And the one complex color running through may be more conceptual than actual. Hmmm.
A bit more of how it will look. Let me continue.
Now it is getting to be fun. What a fun colorway. What do you think? Do you ever make small samples like this? What will the customer think?
To be continued.....