Yeah! Finally some progress on that Creative Journey Quilt.
For those of you who are recent followers a couple of months ago I found a piece of patchwork and decided to make a small quilt to show you how I "grow" quilts.
I'm not a pattern user, nor do I like to plan things out too much. I guess you could say I'm a bit of a thrill seeker, (quiltwise, that is ... I'm a real wimp otherwise!).
This quilt was supposed to be a "Creative Journey" which would unfold for both of us. I thought it might be interesting for you to see how my creative process works, and it would be a good way for me to understand how I think, so hopefully I can learn some ways to speed up this process.
Recently I finished appliquing all of the butterflies around the border. Once that was done, I was stuck. I knew I wanted something "floral" in the center, but try as I might I couldn't figure out how I would do it. I always had in my mind that there would be a few large flowers, with leaves, vines, smaller flowers, and more butterflies. However, making that work on this patchwork background was going to be difficult.
Since there were so many colors I had to find a way to make whatever flowers I decided to applique stand out from the busy background. I'm not a big fan of solid colors, (boring), but I realized that I might have to go that direction, at least as a way to give the flowers more presence.
Now that I have a general idea I've been collecting options for flower centers and petals. When I'm working on something like this I like to have a lot of options so I can try things out. Here's a sample of what I've collected already. Remember, I may not use all of these and those that look like they might not "match" can be changed by adding embroidery and embellishments.
I also collected a bunch of green fabrics and hand cut some leaf shapes. I've basted the edges down and now have a collection to try out and see what works. I've been sure to collect different shades of green, some with blue and pink in them to give me a way to integrate the "green" into the rest of the piece.
I'm actually excited about this again and am looking forward to tackling it tonight after I get back from my son's basketball practice. I was feeling a little overwhelmed but when I got my bag back from the Quilt Quest, (last post), I was inspired and couldn't wait to tackle this project again. Itchy thimble I guess!
Let's hope I can keep this up and nothing else happens to put me behind. Oh well, what can you do, life happens!