TGIFF! - Purplelicious
|Purplelicious enjoys Winterlude on the Rideau Canal|
I just love purple, although it's not a colour I've been successful in decorating with in the past. Lesson learned: Do not paint a small room, which has little natural light and dark wood accents, eggplant purple -- it feels like it's always night. BUT, you can make a quilt with those colours and hang it on a light neutral wall. Much better. :)
This quilt has been a journey, hasn't it? We talked about it here and here and here.
I'm excited about this piece because it feels like all the colour, design and composition reading I've been doing over the past couple of years has come to fruition in something that didn't feel forced and that reflects me.
New to me in this piece - wonky edges and improv quilting. Okay, two wonky edges; let's not go crazy here. The sides are parallel.
The improv quilting was a challenge. I looked closely at Jean Wells' work for ideas. I didn't have the appetite for changing threads to match each purple fabric so I picked sections of similar toned purples to use either a warm purple (Aurifil #1240) or cool purple (Aurifil #2581). Very happy with that decision and something I'll do again. I also used Aurifil #5009 and #2277 for the oranges. I left the whites and greys unquilted.
So what do I mean by improv quilting? I wanted a bit of an organic, irregular look to the quilting to complement the improv piecing.
Some wobbly lines, wonky square spirals, loose aztec motifs and general wonky circuit board-like motifs filled in the purple areas to give it texture and invite the viewer to come closer to see where the quilting goes. I've spent so much time trying to make my quilting motifs look perfect (not that it is ever achieved), that it felt very odd to intentionally make it look wonky. Does that make sense?
Purplelicious finishes at 24" by 36"-ish. :)
Isn't it fun to see where playing with fabric takes you?
I'm linking up with my favourite party TGIFF!, which is over at Amy's Crafty Shenanigans. Come join us!