This is the first of a series of posts showing how an art quilt goes from the design wall to a finished piece. I am writing these as I am making this piece, so there will be some posts before and after each post in this series. I would love to hear your thoughts on this as I go, so please let me know what you think in the comment section.
Starting out, I went into my stash of hand dyed fabric (I do this myself) and found this nice grey/blue length that seemed a good neutral background for the piece I have in mind. Then I started looking for color. I auditioned several colors and the photo above is what I started out with.
My usual process is to let an idea percolate for awhile, while I work on other things. The photo above shows another fabric I added into the mix. It seems to give it the little bit of pop I was looking for.
That little piece of white over there to the right are some very rough sketches of some of the shapes I want to incorporate into this piece. Here is a close up…
You see…very rough sketches. But they give me an idea of the direction I will go — I have ruled out some shapes and combinations and have kept some as more interesting. Keep in mind that these are a starting point. I may end up with something entirely different. The point of this process is to get the thinking/creativity started.
This will stay up on the design wall for a couple more days, as I continue to think about exactly how to translate my idea into fabric. Next step, I will start cutting and throwing the shapes up onto the design wall.