|Little Ms. Sunshine
One thing I don't think I've shared is that I'm trying to use fabrics from my stash for these monthly challenges. As I hadn't tried Gloria's techniques before, I wasn't sure how all the different fabrics would look layered together. Would there be enough contrast? Too much contrast? As I sat staring at my yellow stash, afraid of picking the wrong values or shades or tints or whatever of yellow, I finally just let go and kind of gave myself permission for it 'not to work'. It's an experiment and I should not worry too much about the outcome, I thought to myself. So with that stern talking to, I relaxed and just had fun with it.
Colour My World challenge pieces, this one measures 14.5" square with just a zigzag stitch finish. It has foundation piecing on tearaway stabilizer, machine fusible appliqué, decorative stitching, free motion quilting and probably something else that I can't remember right now. I really love this layered collage/mosaic look so you'll probably see more of this in the future.
|Detail of the sun rays
For the machine quilting, I added free motion flames between the sun rays and echoed them right out to the edge.
|Detail of the sun rays and the free motion pebbles in the sun
- Learned how to get nice points in satin stitching by slowly reducing the stitch width as I came towards the point of the sun rays and slowly increasing it as I went away from the point.
- The pretty fabrics won't necessarily get the job done. Sometimes, it's the fugly ones that work better. Plus, with so much layering or collage of fabrics, it's not about the print or design of the fabric, it's really just about the colour.
- Play with different weights and types of threads -- with something as busy as this, it will probably all blend in.
- More contrast is needed between the sun rays and the background.
All in all though, I'm super pleased with this month's challenge. I learned a lot that I can use on other projects and I find my Ms. Sunshine rather cheerful!
[Edited: I'm linking this up to TGIFF!, which is being hosted by Laura of Quokka Quilts this week. She found a clever way to spell out TGIFF this week -- with her quilt. Check it out and the other finishes this week. As always, you are more than welcome to link up one of your own recent finishes!]
For those participating this month, how did you find this colour?
May's colour is Cyan. I'll do a post later this week with some tidbits about this fun colour.
I'll post this week's Modern Block tomorrow.