Isn't this amazing? Here is the background for my most recent piece, the above masterpiece was about 25 x 25 inches.
Here's my vision for this small piece: a blue ginkgo leaf would become a pond for several mallard ducks. I thought the green would make a soft background for the blue leaf, with a simple pieced rectangle border added. The border would add some interest but not conflict with the central scene.
So I cut a large leaf 18 inches wide and placed it in the center of the background.
So far, so good, there is nothing to dislike about what I had done, so I painstakingly fabricated the two ducks out of multiple brown fabrics.
But I'm not happy with the relationship of the leaf to the background, it looks to small. So I removed two edges of the border and made it smaller. It is now 22 x 22 inches. I wanted the blue piece to overlap the border.
Then I decided I didn't like the first blue leaf, and cut a new one out of Frieda Anderson's hand dyed fabric. I like this better because of the subtle shifts of color.
Now with the ducks resting in their new pond, I like the relationship of all the parts. But it looks very empty. What do I add next?
Cattails seemed to be a good addition and would work with my watery theme. I cut them out of a piece of paper to decide on size and scale. Their verticality was a nice contrast to the horizontal feeling of the large leaf and ducks.
Using a bright green for the leaves and tan for the cattails, I carefully cut out 3 clumps of cattails. And I think this is good. At this point, all the elements are only pinned in place. I never fuse until the entire quilt top is all laid out, and I am sure it is good. I'm not sure what will happen next. It's not quite complete.
Tune in next week to learn more about this wall quilt.