Monday, September 7, 2009

Weaving in Circles and a WIP

 
In the quilting world a UFO is an unfinished project. A WIP is a work in process. This is a work that is in process. In the center is a circular weaving piece. It's temporarily tacked to a piece of fabric of graduated color - it reminds me of an African landscape (yeah, as if I've been to Africa - I don't know where this is coming from). The inner border are bits from the recent scrap quilt. And the top and bottom border fabrics are both strong possibilities for this quilt - I like them both a lot. Thread work will be the only other key design element, except I'm not very good at it.

I'm not sure about this piece and have felt stuck all day. Perhaps seeing this picture will help me make some decisions about this WIP. Maybe this should be a vertical piece...

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4 comments:

Josie Ray said...

Well, you didn't ask for input, so just delete this, if you like. Having been to Africa, I can tell you that your intuition is perfect...it does look like an African sunscape! And being a "scape," IMHO it looks best landscape, not portrait. The circular weaving piece (how in the world did you do that?) is gorgeous, as is the setting.

Re: the outer border, your choice of the two fabrics is interesting. Use the rust fabric (maybe a *little* predictable, but predictable because it works so well), and the circle is unmistakably the sun...the entire quilt is about fire. The tiger-like print in the inner border especially looks like leaping flames.

Use the gold-dotted blue, and the circle suddenly becomes the moon, reflecting the sun's fire, because the gold dots look like stars on a night sky. Or maybe it reveals the mystery of how the stars are still present in the sky when the sun's out, only we can't see them. Because the blue looks like stars, it also adds a little wizardry to the quilt, as though it were a magician's cloak...again adding the deeper symbolism of heavenly elements to their landscape beauty.

Also using the bolder print for the outer border looks richer and more exotic...kinda wild...like Africa herself (the rust checkerboard tends to emulate a solid at a distance.) Just a few thoughts...

Josie Ray said...

p.s. I also love how, in the graduated fabric, the tan area looks like a dune, the brown looks like sere desert heat, and the black looks like either the coming or departing night (maybe that's why you put the star fabric at the top by the night section?). Really cool.

Also (then I'll stop :-), the landscape orientation portrays the vastness of the African landscape. Okay, bye! :-)

Josie Ray said...

How about a split border using both fabrics, cut at the same angle as the lines in the graduated fabric (meeting at the upper left- and lower right-hand corners)--the stars to show the departing night on the black corner, the rust to show the coming day on the dune corner? Now I have to return to stitching my simple little patchwork here. :-) Whatever you do, it's clearly a piece that stirs the imagination.

Donna said...

Josie Ray, google "Simply Stunning Woven Quilts." That's where I got the idea for the woven circle. Interesting technique that I'll definitely use again. The trick is Steam-A-Seam, my new best friend!