Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Color - Wow!


You may remember this piece I did a couple of months ago.  I used the Harmonic Conversion pattern from Ricky Tim's book of the same name.  I only used one fabric to create the inside, then added the two borders.  Well. . . . when I was cleaning a space in the studio, I came across it again in a pile of UFOs.  I also found a piece of Spirit by Lila Tueller for Moda in another pile.  Hmmmm.  Could they possibly go together?  How would I make them harmonize?


I know you are not used to this much bold color from me, but maybe this will be a new direction. I added four inch borders and fussy cut some of the pattern elements to applique on to the top.  This is what it looks like now.  I still have stitching to do, but I am very excited by this look right now.  The two fabric lines work great together because of color and line.  I was able to harmonize them by bringing elements past the border into the center.  This is certainly different from the very traditional piece I have been working on.  It has been interesting to see the drop off in comments with the traditional piece.  I wonder if it is just coincidence.  Anyway, here are a couple of closeups of the applique pieces fused onto the top.

 

I do hope you are all enjoying the longest day of the year.  As I write this, my sister-in-law is sitting on the ground at Dulles International Airport, in a plane, waiting for yet another thunder storm to pass.  So far, the flight is over two hours late taking off.  Oh well.  You can't mess with Mother Nature when she gets excited.
Joyful quilting, everyone.

12 comments:

Lisa said...

I LOVE this! The applique is fabulous! Really wonderful. It's amazing how those two different lines of fabric work so well together, like they were designed for each other. Great work.

Sarah Craig said...

Amazing!! This was absolutely inspired and the applique is the crowning touch!! Looks like you've got a whole other arena to explore - color!!

Impera_Magna said...

Oh my, Miki... this quilt turned out absolutely amazing... incredible... inspired!

Congratulations!!!

Cathy said...

WOW!!!! This is the first time I've seen this quilt and all I can say is WOW. It takes my breath away. Hugs

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

You should be excited! Very interesting piece!

beth said...

Great quilt! Isn't it fun when everything starts coming together??

Stephanie said...

Great inspiration to pick that fabric for the border. The contrast in shape and line, with similar colors, really pulls it all together. Love what you are doing with the applique!

sheila 77 said...

Terrific combination of fabrics and inventive applique and the striped blue and orange/yellow border links the two sections beautifully. Midsummer's day? - we had about two inches of rain in Edinburgh yesterday and have hardly seen the sun for weeks.

K SCOTT said...

Breathtaking use of color... that fabulous blue keeps it calm enough to look at! The applique to pull them together is an inspired touch! Wish I could see it in person.

Nancy B said...

Love it! There is a wild woman starting to come out!

Jessica said...

Wow! This is truly a piece of art. I love how the border adds exactly that extra punch! Great job!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Wow! What a quilt. Really nice job.