My local art quilt group put out a call for entries for an exhibit called "Heat Wave". I immediately thought of the bright orange of the forest fires that we have been experiencing all over the Western United States over the last couple of years.
I sketched up a few ideas, looked through my pictures, and scoured the internet for additional color inspiration. What I landed on was a plan to make a piece 3' x 4' with flames licking up from the bottom part of the quilt and pieces of burning embers floating up and through the trees.
I collected a few fabrics that spoke to me. This time I really wanted to free form piece the background and layer on the units in a more intuitive way. I free form cut curvy lines and started piecing. Here are some progress pictures.
|Background fabric try outs|
After putting the strip pieced units against the remaining fabrics, I opted to piece in some of the dark brown and continued to piece intuitively and free form cut the strips.
|Upper background piecing progress 1|
Here is the upper background fully pieced. You can see that it mostly covers the top 2/3 of the area. The lower 1/3 was purposely reserved for a different technique and a different foreground look. I asked my husband to come in and tell me the first thing that came to mind when he looked at this background, and he said, " FIRE". Yippee! It has the feeling that I was going for.
|Upper background piecing progress 2|
I hope it feels like FIRE to you too. Stay tuned for future progress.
Your fabric choices really do resonate "fire!"ReplyDelete