29 Mar


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:

Flying Geese to square up houses with roots

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.
Another house to square up houses with roots

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…

11 thoughts on “WIP

  1. I like the flying geese along the side. The colors work and the metaphor is perfect. However, I do agree that they are overpowering the central image. How about a double row (same strip width) of smaller flying geese?
    I love how the triangle tips of the flying geese mirror the house tops, too.

  2. I’m with Jan, but before reading her response, I was thinking a strip that is quilted all over representing a hedge (possibly because I have huge laurel hedges on my left and right property lines. Or almost monochromatic geese.

  3. overall leaves for the ladybugs! *gg*

    and i like the house-house version better than the flying geese, though your mom’s right with the hedges…
    what about a light blue strip with some “airy” quilting or clouds, if you want to stick with the idea of freedom and flying away…?

  4. Let me first say that I love, love the monoprint. I like the drawnhouse on the left becaue it is as if it is a repetition of the house motif. The central piece is the detail so to speak. If you want to do a pieced border as a traditional quilting motif, I think four patches would work better with this overall design because it is so architectural. The flying geese look more like a row of roof lines and I don’t get the flying away metaphor. I do love that pinky color in the sky of the stamped houses and I would like to see that repeated in the border strip.

    OK – enough worrying about your quilt. I must go worry about mine!!

  5. Well… since you asked… (and since your comments on my landscape were so excellent!), I’ll add my two cents. I love the monoprint, but I find the white borders of the monoprint a bit distracting. Could you trim it down so all you have is the roots on a dark background? I like the flying geese — the color, the shape and the symbolism. But I do agree you could reemphasize the house with the roots by making it the center of a medallian layout. Keep going.

  6. I’m coming in late here, but I like the flying geese as well. I think the drawn house is even more overpowering and pulls attention from the main event, which is the little row of houses and the roots. I liked Mom’s idea of more monochromatic geese. Could you stamp pale triangles for geese instead of piecing them to keep the delicate “print” quality of the rest of the quilt? Or use a strip of a very, very pale color and heavily quilt a flying geese design on it, so the side strip is mostly just the texture of quilting to contrast subtly with a less quilted main area?

  7. you are living in an area with lots of fields…wheat, rye, canola..what about a left border representing this?
    and I agree with deborah. too much white around the roots. may be some clouds of brown…?
    I am looking forward to your decision!

  8. I like the flying geese version best because it creates a balance for the root section. And I like that the geese are precise as opposed to the rest of the images, which are rather loose. The roots really are the visual focal point, and I think the geese flying up the quilt keeps the eyes moving up to the houses at the top.

  9. I really like the flying geese. i think the triangles mirror the rooftops of the house. it’s a subtle repeat of the shape. I personally don’t think that the flying geese overpower the monoprint. They contrast because the monoprint is very graphic and black and white and the flying geese are not. Maybe you could draw more attention to the center image with quilting or embroidery. I’m glad you shared you work in progress. It looks great so far.

  10. Very nice! I agree w/everyone about the geese, and I love that they have meaning beyond a design element..I do no feel they overpower. I also agree with the triming or even darkening the rest of the root area, you have a great thing going there. I’d also think about darkening the area behind the houses, to make them ‘pop’ a bit. Lovely ideas..

  11. Ooh, I love where this is going! I really like the flying geese…I wonder if you could tone down the colors so they don’t overpower your row of houses by putting some organza over them? Or maybe punching UP the color of the little houses? The big house option doesn’t work for me, too distracting from the other houses. Also, is there a way to carry the curvy lines of the roots somehow above the row of houses? MAybe a few tiny triangle geese in a curvy line somehow? or even drawn, faint curvy lines? Hmm, maybe that’s a shape to echo in stitching later? My thought on that, though, is that I love the house row and the geese, and I love the roots…but to balance the roots against the houses and geese, you need to echo the curvy root lines somewhere else eventually too. Just my thinking. Can’t wait to see where this goes!

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