Making Gun Barrels

Woohoo, the background of my current quilt is finally complete!  Composed and glued and ready for stitching, (but without the green hexie in the center of the photo.)

Making Gun Barrels. Ellen Lindner,

In the photo above, I was considering adding some hexies to the background.  Just because I’ve been making a lot of them and to give a nod to traditional quilts.  Here’s a better look at them in the sky.

Making Gun Barrels. Ellen Lindner,

They were kinda interesting, but I eventually decided that they drew attention to the background, making it look overly chunky.  I didn’t think either aspect would help the quilt, so I left them out.

On to making guns. Here’s Ricky’s finished.

Making Gun Barrels. Ellen Lindner,

Actually, I had to tweak it a little.  The grey on the barrel was too high contrast, so I went over it with a little light grey pastel.  Also, I decided that the barrel was not properly aligned with the stock, so I straightened that out. (See the improvements below.)

On to Todd’s gun.  Due to the angle at which they’re holding their guns, the barrel of his appears longer than Ricky’s.

Making Gun Barrels. Ellen Lindner,

I composed the guns onto muslin, with glue.  I think I should have fused them, since some of the pieces are pretty small and could ravel.  Next time.

Don’t they look handsome?  Just like themselves, I think: relaxed and at ease.  Next, I’ll get to place them on the background.  I think their orientation is about right above, but I know I’ll need to do some tweaking.

I’m getting excited with these results!

Ellen Lindner


13 Responses to Making Gun Barrels

  1. Kristin F October 25, 2017 at 8:52 am #

    It’s looking great, Ellen!

  2. Ingrid Bischoff October 25, 2017 at 9:10 am #

    Really good job, what an eye for color and texture in your fabrics!

    • Ellen Lindner October 25, 2017 at 10:30 am #

      Thanks, Kristin!

    • Ellen Lindner October 25, 2017 at 10:32 am #

      Thanks, Ingrid. Selecting the fabrics is one of the most fun parts. I like the use larger scaled prints in the foreground and near solids for distances.

  3. marthaginn October 25, 2017 at 10:05 am #

    You are expert at paying attention to small details that have a big impact. I am appreciating this more after my Susan Carlson experience. I kind of like the idea of the hexies in the sky, only a little smaller. They do draw the eye, and you don’t want to rob the brothers of their impact.

  4. Ellen Lindner October 25, 2017 at 10:33 am #

    Good idea, Martha. Smaller hexies would definitely work better. Maybe for a future project.

    I saw your blog post about your Susan Carlson class. Your cat looks great!

  5. Eleanor Levie October 25, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

    Love ALL the elements, and can’t wait for the “reveal”….

    • Ellen Lindner October 30, 2017 at 10:01 pm #

      Soon, very soon, Eleanor.

  6. Carol Kinsley October 25, 2017 at 2:15 pm #

    What a great piece. I am so impressed. You have done a spectacular job. I really am not surprised, your work is wonderful.

    • Ellen Lindner October 30, 2017 at 10:03 pm #

      Thanks, Carol! My family should get to see it this week.

  7. Sharon V Buck October 26, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

    This is going to be a great quilt! I know it will get juried in. I made one for that show also; I bet there will be a lot of entries because it is a topic that is hard to ignore! You did a great job on the men, and I know it means so much to you and your family.

    • Ellen Lindner October 30, 2017 at 10:02 pm #

      Thanks, Sharon! I hope so.

      • Ellen Lindner October 30, 2017 at 10:05 pm #

        P.S. Sharon, I hope to show it to some of my family members this week.
        P.P.S. I agree that you that this show will generate lots of entries. It’s a hot topic!

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