Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Overly Challenged

I'm passing on the April TIF Challenge although I did have an idea for how to handle the "attitudes to change" theme. I've just completed two other challenges and that seems plenty for the moment. Here they are:

"It's a Ming Thing" 36" x 36" machine applique, machine quilted; original design

I have a love/hate relationship with this piece. The method I used, drawing two/thirds of it and then cutting fabric from templates based on the drawing, worked well as far as allowing for the circular construction, but made it difficult to audition fabric choices until a late stage of the process. I originally intended it to be blue and white like a Chinese plate, and the general six part design is based on a plate I own. The fish was blue enough, but when I put those gold and white flowers on, the gold became so distracting that I had to add more to even it out, and the look is not at all what I had envisioned. This became even more true when I added the dark gold background around the "plate"; I thought it added richness, but then I thought it was drab. Now I honestly don't know. It seems to depend on the light. But it's done, including the label that was pinned on when I took the picture. And it IS straight, in spite of the ripple at the moment.

"Big Momma Kitty" 27" x 27" machine pieced, machine quilted; pattern by Janine Holzman

This was done for two guild challenges, as I explained last week. I like it. Nuff said.


Debra said...

Your HC piece is amazing to me--how you took the fabric & made it what it is now really shows some creative thought. I'll be watching with interest what the judges think of this one. Good Luck!

The Calico Cat said...

My kitty will be a "Copy cat" black & white... I probably won't use green for the background though. Love the border.

Good luck on the Hoffman Challenge.

Allison Ann Aller said...

WOW, on both counts.
The Hoffman Challenge you created is so original and classy...
And the cat block is just unique! If I was proficient enough of a piecer, I would definitely make this block. LOVE IT!

Kim West said...

I really like the HC - WOW!! amazing!!!

the kitty is just plain cute and I love the piecing on it.

Deb Geyer said...

I love them both. You are very creative!

Deb H said...

I like the the gold & blue. It's soft & subtle. Very classy looking.

The cat is very cute. Janine Holtzman lives in Alaska 1/2 the year. We had her at our guild a few years ago.

Thanks for commenting on my progress.

Karen Dianne Lee said...

I am so amazed at how you are able to magnify your gifts. I enjoyed watching you create "Its a Ming Thing." That was a great learning experience and I apprecited all you shared with that one. I feel attached.

And golly I can hardly contain myself with "Big Momma Kitty" - WOW!

Such talent, Kay!

dee said...

when you first started this I had a hard time imagining how it would turn out. It's so pretty Kay. Very well done. You do such beautiful applique. I'm wishing you lots of luck on the HC you deserve it.
Thanks for stopping by to say Hi!

McIrish Annie said...

I think the ming thing is very impressive though I have to agree about the gold background. Good luck!

I really love the kitty! and your DH has a great sense of humor. love the card. I have a son so I can relate.

MargB said...

That plate is magnificent - a true heirloom