One Thing Leads to Another

Remember those wonderful red fabrics I bought in Houston?  Well, it was time to put them to use.

I’m planning to redecorate my master bathroom and I want to use red/orange art in there.  This is the start: a tall skinny quilt to go in the narrow spot above the toilet.  You know the one.

Click any image for a larger view1a-red-strata--red-only

 I had very little plan for this quilt, other than the size and color.  I decided to use a horizontal strata sort of composition.  My plan was to use a variety of fabric types and to play up the textures of each.  The photo above shows my rather quick, completely unplanned first attempt at creating a red background.

OK, it works for a background.  Now, what does it need?  Maybe blue?

Yes, blue seemed to be the right answer.


I spent a good bit of time making the blue slivers skinny and undulating.  I liked the effect, but I knew it needed much more.

Maybe some yellow?



Or maybe not. 

I didn’t completely discard the idea of using yellow, but I knew I’d have to use it in tiny doses.

After stitching the original red and blue composition, I decided I needed to add some larger blobs/veins to create focal points.

But what colors should I use for that?


Clearly, one of those above DOES NOT work well! 

Blue-green it is.


Yes.  Once I started adding these larger shapes, I could see I was on the right track.  Much more exciting (for both viewing and working on.)

As I always tell my students, “Evey item affects every other.  One change will probably require another.”  And so it goes.

I’ve got many more ideas for this piece, so I hope you’ll follow along.

Ellen Lindner
P.S.  Compare the first image to this last one.  Much better, right?

If you enjoyed this, you may like my article on color.

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  1. debby says:

    Love this, especially your talking through your thought/creative process. Are you going to talk about your construction process? I’m trying to figure out how you got those jagged interesting edges to the fabrics–fusing or raw edge?

  2. debby says:

    Oops! I followed your link and found all of your excellent articles about the technique you use! You are very generous to share so much.

  3. ellen says:

    Hey Debby, thanks for reading along! I love chatting about my process and decisions!

    I see from your second comment, that you’ve discovered some construction information. I sent you some more via email.

    Keep watching for more photos. This piece is developing nicely.

  4. Chris says:

    Ellen, as always love reading your thought process when you work on a piece. Good choices and I look forward to seeing where it goes from here.

  5. Thanks, Chris! I have fun talking about it.

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