My new set of five original quilted 12" pieces are now in place over the picture window.
Our Voytek painting must have provided a subliminal inspiration. I chose the Marcia Derse fabrics because I fell in love with them, without a specific project in mind. But then when I saw the color similarities, the wall hanging idea fell into place.
This photo is taken from our front entry, looking across the main room. I've struggled for five years to find or make something for the space above the window that would complement the desert view.
And here you see the overall scene from a different angle. I really like the contrast of the abstract wall pieces against the traditional landscape painting. We both have pretty eclectic tastes, so mixing it up with our art suits us.
Ahhh -- it's always good when a project exceeds my expectations.
(p.s. -- Yes, we're one of those decorator-frowned-upon families who happily have a large TV front & center over the fireplace. We watch it daily & we love it! Personally, I'm glad flat panels have brought TV sets out of the closet/media armoire to be openly enjoyed again. Get real, decorators!)
My wall hanging project is nearly done... the squares are assembled and machine quilted; I just have to decide how to mount them on the wall. Currently, I'm leaning towards mounting them on the front of 12x12 canvases to give them additional dimension.
Anyway, here are closeups of the 5 squares:
And here they are, laid out on the floor side-by-side in their intended sequence:
They'll be mounted on the wall space above our huge window that looks out to the backyard and the desert preserve beyond.
This project challenged me in many ways. These Marcia Derse fabric motifs are more abstract than what I usually work with, so the design itself was the first hurdle. Then, I wanted the machine quilting to enhance rather than compete with the motifs, but I didn't want to do just a square stitched grid. So I began by taking a cue from the fabrics that had the most overt linear patterns, and that put my brain in the right place to figure out the rest.
Until these are hanging in their new spot (ladder time -- 10 feet up!) I can't be sure that this group is complete. But I'm pretty optimistic, and really pleased with how this has all come together so far.
The pillowtops I've been working on are on hold, pending the arrival of their backing fabric and purchasing of zippers.
So today, I decided to try arranging my Marcia Derse fabrics in some square layouts, as my wall hanging plan currently involves making a series of 12 inch quilted squares.
Here are some of the combinations I've landed on so far, using three Marcias per square with a narrow Kaffe stripe strip.
These are just mockups, whereas the actual squares will all be similar if not identical in their proportions. I'm too much of a symmetry/control freak to do the popular wonky-piecing thing well. Orderly chaos is more my speed.
The initial plan is to make five or six squares, to be hung horizontally across the wall space above our huge back window. By tomorrow I should have some pieced squares ready to pin up and evaluate.
Making slow but steady progress on the Kaffe Shots & Stripes pillow quilting. With this piece being the prototype for this (potential) series, every thread choice and each row of stitching is unduly agonizing. About a half hour ago, I was pondering tearing out all the quilt-stitching I'd already done. Instead, I added more stitching, and that did the trick.
One of my favorite times of day is when morning light filters through the high window above the front door, and the angled beam gradually creeps across favorite objects atop the entry sideboard.
This morning, the beam of light fell perfectly on this handmade fluted glass bowl, washing the deep blue-aqua color onto the quilted runner and illuminating the metallic glazed pattern on the pitchers behind.
Admittedly, I fiddled with this a bit in a Photoshop program to add some subtle moody character. And the faux border, too.
All the while, the Kaffe and Marcia Derse fabric arrangements on my sewing table continued to percolate through my subconscious. I'm hoping for the elusive wow moment to surface soon, so I can start stitching.
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Late afternoon, progress report:
This is my progress on the Kaffe shot cottons & stripes so far -- still not wowing me, but some of the magic doesn't happen until it's stitched together and quilted -- texture adds so much. Thus, I'll likely proceed with this plan in pillow mode and hope my instincts don't fail me too badly, since I'm a bit out of practice.
And here is the Marcia/Kaffe marriage at present:
I'm thinking that the solo black fabric needs to be repeated or echoed by another dark element. Quite possibly these fabrics will be remixed and added to for a series of small quilted wall pieces that could hang in our great room.
This little mini-quail and its parents joined us for dinner yesterday.
So cute, and in constant motion. You can't tell from this photo, but it's so tiny that it would likely fit easily in my hand... and yet it's so quick that I'd never be able to catch it!
In less photogenic doings... I'm still getting my brain back into sewing mode, the main obstacle being indecision about what to make with all my latest Kaffe and Marcia Derse fabrics. Maybe today I'll feel brave enough to cut into them and actually start stitching.
A fresh batch of Kaffe Fassett fabrics has arrived at my doorstep. I ordered these in hopes of getting reacquainted with my sewing machine as our weather warms up and afternoons are best spent on indoor projects.
Above is my assortment (so far) of Kaffe's shot cottons. These read as solids, but the lengthwise and crosswise fiber colors are actually different, giving a variable color quality to the fabric, depending on the viewing angle. The background fabric is called Emerald Kite Tails, and it's even prettier in person than it looks online.
I also got some of Kaffe's newest woven stripes, after kicking myself for missing out on his first batch years ago. I don't have them organized for a photo op yet, but they are gorgeous!
And I'm still having fun with my iPhone Hipstamatic camera app...