Intuitive Color & Design, Updated 2nd Edition: Adventures in Art Quilting by Jean Wells
As I was setting the table
for the holidays, I unpacked my
Color Work Table Runner that I love
to put out for my holiday decorating. It reminded me of what a fun class it is
to teach, as the students quickly discover how well the various colors and
patterns they have chosen play together. I have also used the technique to
introduce the Rulerless Cutting and Piecing technique of cutting without rulers
(on page 82) to students. All of the line work is your very own when rulers are
not used, except for squaring up the outer edges.
I had a special project in
mind that I wanted to make as a Christmas gift. They love the ocean. In my mind, I started thinking about
what it might be about the ocean that would be appealing: the constant movement
of the water, the flowing motion, ocean colors, the tranquility. This is the
runner I made while trying to access these thoughts. I made it 15” wide and 36”
long, so it can easily be a wall hanging if they do not want to use it on the
I used the method I
described above, and tried to create an ocean flowing feeling.
The fabric selection was the
most fun of all! Not only did I choose a variety of blues, cream, and white
(sand), and a bit of green, but I thought about texture. I wanted my choices to
remind me of a walk along the beach on the Oregon coast.
I kept the quilting lines
simple, mimicking the piecing lines and changing the thread color. I did not
want to distract from the piecing. I really enjoyed the challenge of choosing a
project where I was working for a client, so to speak. The choices I needed to
make became more objective.
You could use this
experience yourself. Exploration is so important in our journey as artists. It
is the opening of new doors into creativity.
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