So I'm trying to stick one thing through until the bitter end. With a bit of hand work when I'm out and about and a fairly simple piecing project for quiet times at work, I think I might be able to make it work.
The project I'm currently working on is one I started in my class with Sue Benner. I made the background panel in class and then played around with different ways of constructing the shags/cormorants. I was trying for a sketchy or loose look and the first two weren't right. The last one was, but was too big for the panel.
Once home, I constructed more background panels to enlarge the quilt to fit the first bird. I constructed two more birds, loosely working from photos I had taken out at Urupukapuka Island.
I played around with balancing the layout of the birds. I'm trying to convey how I feel when I watch these birds - peaceful and calm and enjoying of the beauty of the scene. So I want a balanced, tranquil feel to the quilt. This means getting the layout right so nothing feels 'odd' or 'unsettled'.
Next I worked on the poles that the shags are standing on. The mix of fabrics I used was too contrasting and too red to start with, so I used a bit of coloured pencil and a bit textile paint to tone the colours down and blend them together more. These little changes can make a big difference.
Lastly, the reflections of the poles in the water. The poles need to be placed in space with relation to their surroundings or they just look like they are 'plonked' there. A few ripply reflections is giving them a relation to the water.
I think it's slowly coming together. And I'm enjoying just keeping with one project and seeing it through the little sticking points.
So what's on your design wall?