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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

This Quilt Is Talking To Me, But I'm Not Hearing It

I woke up this morning with a quilt design dancing in my head, and I've been working on the quilt. I keep not being satisfied. I do some rearranging, then do another project so my brain gets a chance to think, and then go back to the quilt. I think I'm closing in on what needs to be done, but I'm open to suggestions.


Chris Pascuzzi said...

Hi Deb,

I love what you have done with the background so far.

I would like to see the toadstool moved a little farther to the right, closer to the center, but not dead center.

It may be the lighting, but the toadstool looks very white. I like the color of it in the photo. You could always dip it in tea, maybe add some scrunchy lace or textured yarn to build up the surface.

Dianna in Maui said...

Since your toad stool is the subject matter, I'd try to have a little less background going on and more focus on the stool. I love the leaf print, BTW. Maybe try to make the stool a little less perfectly round. I know that's how it looks in nature (and I, for one, am usually very literal in my translations to fabric), but I've been learning through drawing and other art classes that sometimes its best to use a little artistic license. You could also try adding some shadows to the edges of the textured flaps to give it more depth. Good luck, keep going, I can't wait to see more!

DejaBlu said...

I agree the toadstool is too white/bright, it needs to be reshaped slightly and toned down with coffee and texture, maybe consider making it out of multiple layers of a cotton lace? It needs to go over a tad to the right and down a tad for more balance, it seems off balance to me the way it is, or should i say it makes me feel slightly off balance to look at it the way it is. I love the background though.

Kathie said...

What a great inspiration.

I would say that the toadstool needs to be larger and clearly the focal point of the work.

Also look at the color of the toadstool and see that it has variation as the light/shadow. This is what gives it dimension. You can achieve this by using a variety of cream to beige fabrics, by overlays of tulle or organza, or by painting. Subtle batiks and hand-dyes often have enough contrast to be cut to achieve dimension.

Looking forward to seeing where you take this.

Linda Teddlie Minton said...

Deb, what a great inspiration photo, and you've made a great start on the composition. My first impression is that the mushroom is too white, but that can easily be fixed with a little subtle painting, which can also be used to shade and emphasize the roughness of the texture. I'd also move the toadstool a bit down and to the right, as dejablu has suggested. I love the background you've already started, and can't wait to see what quilting will do for it.

Betsy True said...


As many others have commented, the toadstool is not placed well. My inclination, as others', is to have it more to the right. However, you might experiment with it being farther to the left as well. Part of the problem with the placement is that the round edge is just barely touching the frame. In the photography classes I've taken, the instructor would have us reframe a similar photo with either a larger gap between frame and object or cutting off some of the object so that it is anchored by the frame. Hope this helps.