I keep saying that one of the things I really like about blogging is that I can talk to like-minded people regardless of our geographic locations. I belong to a real life quilt guild and two small groups, but my “art quilt” group resides on-line. So, like a few others in the past few days, I’ve realized that I can look to my virtual art quilt group for a little help with my latest Work In Progress.
I’m working on a 12″ square quilt and I wanted to continue in the same theme as “My Dream House Has Roots.” I’m finding that square is hard for me. I like rectangular. Also, the elements I’ve been making are rectangular. I made a “roots” monoprint and then stamped a row of little houses to go with it. My drawn houses were too big as I wanted the roots to be the focus. It needed something on the side though, to square it up. I like to include traditional elements and the idea of flying away felt right — being one of the things that keeps us from establishing roots, so I made the flying geese:
But now I think that the geese are overpowering the poor little houses, and I want the focus to be the other way around. I’d redo the geese with even paler colors, but I’m afraid that all that piecing adds an intricacy that will always overshadow the delicate houses. I have a bunch of big drawn houses laying around, so I tried one of them on the side. I like the way the windows can be the same color as “my” house, and it’s definitely “calmer,” but I wonder if the message is now a little lost.
I was hoping that the mere act of posting this would bring the answer to light, but I’m realizing that maybe the best thing to do would be to start over — maybe with a medallion quilt sort of centered layout (maybe that IS the answer).
So, now it’s my turn to ask, what do you think?
Oh, and while you’re at it, does anyone have any suggestions as to how I should quilt the ladybugs? I’m leaning towards either a grid (probably oriented diagonally) or an overall leaf pattern…