Tuesday, September 20, 2016
A little extra
My art group International Threads, eight quilters from four countries, makes quilts to a theme or prompt every couple of months, and a recent prompt was "green." As happens so frequently with my smaller projects, serendipity plays a big role in my decision-making.
Faithful readers may recall that several months ago I wrote about a quilt I really liked in a show, and about the pieced "ladders" that were an important design element. Somebody left a comment that she wished she could figure out how to make pieced ladders, so I did a how-to blog post. I used some blue and green fabrics that were sitting on my worktable waiting to be put away (I had given them to a quilting pal who needed more greens for a project, and she brought back what she hadn't used).
So having pieced enough ladders for the tutorial, I decided to make more and use them for my Green quilt.
The quilt sat on my design wall for weeks. It was technically finished, but somehow it seemed a bit lame. Finally I decided it needed some hand stitching to give it additional interest and pizzazz.
So here it is in version 2. (the colors are more true in the first photo; this one is too blue)
Not sure how much additional hand stitching I will do, but already it's looking way more peppy. I guess the two morals of this story are first, that when a piece of art seems sad you should leave it on the wall and wait for it to tell you what it wants. And second, that sometimes more is more.