Monday, November 29, 2010

November Interpret This!

Bricks, Boards, and Window Panes
20" x 29"

I stayed away from the detail in this photo and concentrated on the geometric shapes. It was put together using a modified version of Ruth McDowell's technique. Instead of cutting a freezer paper template for every piece, I just divided the design into large sections (door, window, three sections of wall) and pieced each section by rough measurement. Then I used a template to cut the section to size, and assembled the sections. Except for the window section, it was simple.

I blogged earlier about the border fabric problem, but the result is passable in my eye. The holidays kept me from thinking much about how to make this more interesting with elaborate quilting, more thread work, even some embellishments. I just went with the simple geometric patterns.

This is a piece that makes me keep thinking about alternative approaches. For instance, the various textures in the photo are lovely, and it would have been fun to find fabric with textures instead of standard quilting cotton. Perhaps someone else in the group has done that. Be sure and click on the sidebar link to find out.


Nellie's Needles said...

This is "nice" ... as far as it goes. My attention goes equally to each of those 3 strong elements. In my opinion, it would benefit having a focal point. Had you considered including the "green man" or that intriguing rake?

Beverly said...

Once again, I like how you include elements from traditional quilting in your pieces. I think Nellie has hit the nail on the head- the other thought I had has more to do with color/value than elements. My artist brother taught me to have a 'zinger'- some spark of contrasting color. This is very subdued and somber-

Liz said...

I really like how you use conventional piecing for this type of quilt. To me, this piece is soothing and calm. Yes, you could "punch it up" any number of ways, but what if serenity is what you wanted in the first place?

jenclair said...

I love the promise of the door! Doors and windows are always mysterious; they make you wonder what lies within.