Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"Emotions" Challenge

Our group's latest venture is the Emotions Challenge, where we'll each design and create a quilt that evokes or expresses an emotion.

Personally, I've had so many highs and lows this year that choosing one emotion to express was difficult, but in the end I decided to focus on the positive.  My quilt (working title: Alive in the World) is about the feeling or emotion I get when spring has sprung, and everything is green and vibrant and alive.  I'm just not sure I can name the emotion associated with this feeling!

The inspiration for this project:  I was looking out the window from across the room and had a view of green, green, green, with some dark lines through it and small spots of color.  I need new glasses, but what I was actually seeing was green grass, cherry and apple trees (green leaves, flower blossoms and very dark trunks and branches), and wildflowers across the street.

Here's the progress I've made:
First audition putting the units together.  I'm not sure about the darkest green piece
in the lower left.  Also, the cruciform shape is too static, too centered, too bold; too much! 

So I tried a less-structured t-shape.  Better.
Elongated the lower part of the t-shape.  Still better.
Detail of the center, which will be pieced, making each bit even smaller, like little gems.
This project is on the back burner while I work on other projects:  prayer flags for a friend's public art project, and a couple other abstract pieces. As soon as I get to see other members' challenge pieces in process, I'll include photos of those.  
Next . . . a session of deconstructed screenprinting.
Three days till Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show!

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