Mississippi Delta — Evolution of a Quilt

I began working on this small quilt a few years ago, and it took me well over a year to get it to the point it’s at now.

I started with a bunch of small pieces of leftover fabric–some were from other quilts but most were from experiments playing with dye stenciling, monoprinting and discharging.  I cut the fabric into 4 inch squares and started arranging them on my design wall.

Here’s one arrangement of the squares.

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Chiaroscuro Water Lily

The December challenge for the Fast Friday Fabric Challenge group was to experiment in contrast and color and use strong value contrast in a dramatic way.  In art, chiaroscuro refers to the use of light and dark, usually to add depth and volume to a painting.  Rembrandt often used the technique, such as in his Self Portrait as the Apostle St. Paul.

For my quilt I wanted to start with a photograph, and I found this one of a water lily that I took last summer at the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Prairie Night Quilt

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. Continue reading

Creating a Quilt, Part 2 — Finalizing the Design

In my previous post, I walked through the initial design process I used to create the quilt Prairie Grasses I started with this photo, drew sketches to simplify the design and started on looking at value studies.

My first two value studies, shown below, were of the original sketch.  I liked each of these, but I thought it would be more interesting to combine them in some way.

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Creating a Quilt, Part 1 — From Photo to Sketch

I recently completed the class “Inspired to Design” with Elizabeth Barton through Quilt University.  The class is about the process of creating art quilts, starting with an idea, working up sketches, using value studies, creating color schemes and finally constructing the quilt.

I really enjoyed the class and I completed a quilt based on one of the designs I worked on.  In this post and the next two I’ll walk through my steps in creating this quilt. Continue reading