A bit of wisdom I’ve gleaned over the years of listening to people talking about UFOs is that they don’t have to be finished according to the original intent. Still, it has taken a while to act on that knowledge.
The original was a design class with Jean Wells, a workshop that I thoroughly enjoyed. She brought a heap of 2 1/2 inch strips, had us pick three, discussed some color theory, then had us pick one more. Then gave varying instructions for different assemblies.
I ended up with this
My main objection was that we used each of the four colors in equal amounts, and in my selecting, red had been an accent color. My second objection was that the final directions created a recognizable result. It was too formulaic for me. In fact in the following years at quilt shows I could spot work of others who must have taken the same class–almost always confirmed by the quilters’ statements.
Because of the colors I had thought “Volcano” and set them aside while my subconscious could work on it. Then the insight about it being okay to change goals for the pieces.
I’m in a design group that had an assignment. I’m in a guild that has a small quilt raffle as part of its annual quilt show. Maybe one project from these pieces could serve both functions.
I set aside the four pieces with smaller pieced centers and worked with the others.
The design group had studied Hilma af Klint and the assignment was to do something relating to what we had seen and discussed. I was intrigued by painting No. 16 in Group 1, Primordial Chaos. It is the one with the blue background, four groups down in the article at the above link. The group talked a lot about her spiritual symbolism, and I remember that the ovals at the overlapping circles of the elongated spiral had a significance (alas I have forgotten what they signified). The shape intrigued me. I took a large piece of paper and drew an enlarged spiral then cropped it in various ways, chose one and selected the lines to use. I can’t show that stage because I didn’t take a photo before I cut the paper up to make templates.
I thought I wanted all the lines to be made from strips of gathered fabric and looked at the squares I had planned to use. Diagonal cuts produced five like this
The other two had tails attached and gathering stitches applied. I could immediately see that five lines of gathers would be too much, so shifted plan to two with three narrow strips. I ended with this top
Knowing that the edges would be irregular after I stitched the curves, I’d started with an oversized piece of fabric. My starting goal was 8 x 11, but I liked longer as I worked with it. Width will be about 8 inches when trimmed.
Because the overlaps had been significant in af Klimt’s symbolism I showed it in three ways: The ruched pieces form a segment of one, the brown and peach narrow strips show a whole, and the quilting inside that space forms many more.
Plan A for the quilting was red in one direction and yellow in the other; however, I didn’t like it after I had stitched it, so added the partner row of yellow.
Tomorrow I’ll finish it.
ETA: Linking also with Needle and Thread Thursday. I thought I’d have a finish and blog and link that, but not quite . . .