Saturday, March 24, 2007

Ta-dah!



It's done! A deadline does work wonders for my production level. Although I've come down with a cold (and considered toddling off for an afternoon nap) I really wanted to have this done for tomorrow's workshop. Now all I have to do is think of a name for this. Any ideas?

I ended up satin stitching all around the flowery shapes, to emphasize the clean, curvy lines. I used the grid as a quilting motif and carried into the blank spaces, sort of irregularly. I do like the effect. (And it gave me a chance to practice starting and stopping more cleanly, at which I'm improving.) Here are a few detail shots:






I thought I'd show you how I played with different quilting options. Because I wasn't sure what I was going to do for quilting, I used my computer to try out different designs. I took a picture of the top and printed small multiples in a "contact sheet" type layout my photo software has. Then, I was able to draw on them and see how different quilting lines would look.



I find it very helpful to be able to SEE how the options look. It's a great way to try out all sorts of options.

10 comments:

QuiltingFitzy said...

With all the "particulate matter" in the bay air lately, that might be appropriate!

This is very simple and lovely, even with the complex design!

Brenda Smith said...

What a great result! The flowers (tulips?) have an art nouveau feel about them so maybe "acorn nouveau" or something similar?

By the way, what photo editing software do you use? I have about 4 different programs but haven't sussed out all the features available yet!

PaMdora said...

I love the graphic simplicity of the design. As for names, for some reason the action of the flowers reminds me of Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. Don't take that wrong, please! It just that the flowers seem to be absorbing each other.

Lily said...

You dyed the fabric yourself and now have made a quilt with it - no wonder you feel a great sense of achievement.

It does have an art nouveau feel to it.

Karoda said...

ooo, Diane, I love this! Are you considering doing this in other colour palettes? Its a fun design!

These flowers have a celebratory feel to them!

Rachel said...

Thanks for sharing your design process. You've inspired me to try some new ideas on a small scale.

Maria Peagler said...

Thanks for sharing the evolution of this quilt. I felt as if I were in your studio with you as you made it. And how smart to use your photo software to test out quilting designs. Great quilt and fantastic design. Congratulations Diane!

Gerrie said...

Pam Rupert has a warped sense of humor!! Now all I can see are flowers ready to take a bite of each other!!

Deborah said...

Wonderful. I loved reading about the whole process. I like "acorn nouveau."

Rose Marie said...

Outstanding! Great idea for sketching your quilting lines.