Simplifying an Idea

Moving on to my next project with a due date.  This one is for the guild’s area at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in July, but a photo of the top is due in a week. The guild’s theme is that we use letters.  Early on I had decided I wanted my letters to be subtle, not the first thing viewers notice. To accomplish that I’d have two fabrics either very close in color or the same color with a print on one, something like that.

I started sketching soon after the theme was announced. The first ideas were quite wordy. And maybe preachy.

l sketch 1

The layers would be black for coal, brown for oil, another brown for gas, a couple greens, blue for the water (the cursive writing would be quilted in), then a couple purples, maybe yellow, then blue for sky. I’d considered quilting “solar” in the sun if I included it and the icon for wind–puffy faced cloud blowing in the sky. It needed work, so I sketched again.

l sketch 2

This one eliminated some layers but kept the other ideas.  It also looked like something I’d been seeing a lot of. So I let it sit a while. Meanwhile, I went visiting fabric stores while in Lincoln and Omaha, NE.  And I found these.

l fabric

They seemed the exact sort of similarity with subtle difference that I’d been looking for, only I’d planned to quilt the words on the water. Time for a new sketch.

l sketch 3

A waterfall with one word in its “foam.” And I drafted the letters.

And there it sat while I did other things. Today I started auditioning fabrics and making the letters.

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It didn’t take long to yank the bright red-violet out.  But I remain quite undecided about the stone/greenery for the foreground. I like the lighter blue for the sky but it will be tricky to get enough from the fabric I have.  Since I don’t have to have that decision made in order to make the letters, I’ll sleep on it.

And here are the letters.

l letters

I need to trim the letters into circles. There will be some overlapping. I will proceed without an exact idea, and lay out the fabric and cut on the spot.

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6 Comments

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6 responses to “Simplifying an Idea

  1. Great choice – it’s a lovely fabric combination, and I definitely think you’ve achieved subtlety with the letters.

  2. Looks like another interesting quilt in the making!

  3. Very nice! Love the subtlety you’ve achieved with the letters. Looking forward to seeing this develop.

  4. I really, REALLY like the new idea, and the two fabrics are so perfect for it. I’m glad you found them and they inspired you. The message is simple, but the impact will be high and dramatic. And not preachy. =)

  5. Very intriguing concept work going on, and the subtlety of the letters is quite fascinating. I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes.

  6. Maybe I will see you at SOQS this year. My sister in laws (also quilters so it makes sense their brother TTQH is one too) are coming to visit and go to the show. Our Central Oregon SAQA group will have an exhibit too (and I will be in it, if I can like get my act together and make my piece – ha!)

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