Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Playing with Piet Mondrian

It all started with this challenge fabric from Patty at Rebels.  I got quite a nice piece of it and have been looking at it for a while now.  I really like all the colors, but I didn't know what to create with it.
Then, I started thinking about rectangles, which reminded me of Piet Mondrian.  I drew a sketch and then started pulling fabric.
I found these in the solids bin and the one batik was on the table from another project.  I decided to use it as well.
The first thing I did was to cut some motifs from the challenge fabric, cut them up, and put them back together again with small strips, a la Mondrian.
Then I got busy cutting more pieces and sewing more blocks together.  I forgot to take more photos, so you will just have to imagine some of the steps in the process.
After moving things around quite a bit, I finally got it all put together.  I have a couple of small pieces I am going to applique on the top to make the colors work better and balance the design, but this is what I have so far.  Unfortunately, I cannot seem to get the colors right on the screen.  It is not as clashy as it looks here.  The green is darker and the orange is redder and duller.  This is about 24" x 30" right now.  I don't think I will do borders.  This is a bright wall hanging for a dark corner.
Another piece I worked on over the weekend was this Amish Bars mini for a doll quilt exchange.  I have never done the cable stitch before and it was interesting creating a pattern that fit my design.  I am very happy with how it turned out.
It even looks okay on the back.  As most of you know, I am not the world's greatest quilter, but I am practicing something other than an all over meander once in a while.
Tomorrow, we will have a small family gathering to share Indian food since all by my son-in-law are vegetarians, and we love dal and palak paneer.  On Friday, I am going to try my hand at glass blowing with my professional woman's group.  On Saturday, Rebels is hosting Victoria for a tea.  On Sunday, I am going to a home party for Parklane Jewelry.  I sincerely hope you are all going to have as much fun this holiday weekend as I am.
Happy Thanksgiving to my friends who celebrate, and joyful quilting.


Sarah Craig said...

Oh, Miki, your Mondrian is very cool! And I love the quilting on your Amish Bars - nice skill-building! Sounds like you're going to have a fabulous holiday weekend, too! Say hello to Bella for me!

Sharon said...

Like your mini bars quilt!
You have a busy weekend, enjoy the holiday!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Miki. Very striking Amish Bars quilt--beautiful colors. And I LUV the Mondrian effect quilt. Awesome! Lavish fabrics seem to demand special attention and are hard to work with (for me) because they overwhelm other fabrics and take the spotlight. You solved the problem perfectly. Hope your Thanksgiving was festive and joyful!
best, nadia

sheila 77 said...

Your quilting looks pretty good to me. I like your Mondrian quilt, it looks as if it was fun to make.