I shouldn’t expect every month’s piece in Elizabeth Barton‘s Design Master Class to be spectacular. I have to remember that the whole point of this class is to learn what I don’t know, to experiment and feel free to play. I really loved the whole process this month of working from a piece of music, using rhythm to create a quilt inspired by that piece.
You may recall I created my piece from Dave Brubeck’s Take Five that you can listen to here. You will find this piece very familiar if you don’t know it by name.
The funny thing is that since I’ve worked with this piece, I hear that music everywhere! I was just visiting Chicago, went to the Navy Pier, and as I’m walking through the corridors and restaurants, there it is, again!
I really loved my sketch. I thought I was pretty clever. It reflected the rhythm of the piece, the jazzy nature and the 4/5 off beat. Great start. Although Elizabeth suggested that I remove all the x’s and only include 0’s, I wasn’t keen on that.
As I played around with my sketch, I decided to include the boxes that enclosed the x’s but to leave them blank. Ah, I liked that. I wanted another shape in there, not uniform 0’s throughout.
I chose a bright, happy pink that I love-it’s a hot summer after all! This was definitely a whole cloth type of piece in my mind. I auditioned some hand dyes and subtle patterns but they distracted.
I love my design but somehow it is less impactful than I hoped. I think that once again it’s about value. I think if I’d kept my background a lighter value and had my thread color shout, it would have worked much better. I used a strong colored thread for the 0’s and boxes but they don’t show that much on the pink.
I am happy with the subtle color for the background quilting-I wanted the setting for the shapes to be sculpted.
And you can see my VLC-Visible Learning Curve on this piece. If you peer at the lower right hand corner you will note that my lines are much closer together-too dense actually. So I opened it up as I quilted. Oh yeah, I meant to do that….
The back shows how this might have looked if I had used a lighter value fabric. Envision now that I had used a very strong color for my shapes upon that light fabric-much better.
You may also note the uneven pinky tinge to the fabric. Well, that was actually WHITE when I started and that pink bled like nothing I have ever seen. Will I ever learn? Sigh.
Oh I do love this design! Just a bit of tweaking and I think it would have been a delightful piece.
Use your imagination and envision this a pristine white. It would just have been this delightfully sculpted back. Sigh. Again.
I’ve completed 7 months of the year-long class. I’ve completed 6 quilts and have deliberately chosen to not complete May’s quilt.
One Big Take Away so far is value! Yes, I know “color gets the credit but value does the work”. I know that. But in my own work I have to set my mind that I need to exaggerate the value contrast far beyond my comfort zone. Then it will be just right!
NOTE: Straight lines are ridiculously difficult to free motion quilt. About halfway through I began to use Angela Huffman’s Quilted Joy Ruler. Rocked. My. World.
I’ll be linking up to Nina-Marie’s Off-the-wall-Friday.