I recently joined an on-line quilt challenge group, Fast Friday Fabric Challenge.
“This group of fiber artists and art quilters will be issued one challenge per month, with one week to complete a small work. Challenges will attempt to stretch members in their skills and creativity, encourage thinking outside the box, will teach new techniques and concepts. Challenges will be hosted by a different member each month and will incorporate color and design concepts, techniques, surface design, embellishments, work within themes, and any other art quilt concepts a member can imagine. “
The first challenge I participated in was to select a color palette from a painting and then create a small quilt using that color palette.
I chose to make a small quilt, Prairie Night, based on the palette of van Gogh’s Starry Night painting. The piece is about 7 x 10 inches. To get it done quickly I used fusible raw edge applique. Prairie Night is a variation of my Prairie Grasses quilt.
Now, if I could just get Don McLean’s song “Vincent“ out of my head….
Starry starry night
paint your palette blue and grey
look out on a summer’s day
with eyes that know the
darkness in my soul.
–Don McLean, “Vincent“