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The Project that Wasn’t

Have you ever lost steam on a project part way through?  This happened to me recently, only I lost interest before I even got started.

After the FUN and success of Bush Berries, I was excited to try another “cut and paste” design.  I started with this photo of a Flame Vine.

Pretty awesome, right?  I decided to cut it into squares, as I had done before and to rearrange the sections.  9 pieces, perhaps?

The Project that Wasn't. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Or, maybe just six.

The Project that Wasn't. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I preferred the six-block option and traced the main lines to get a pattern.

The Project that Wasn't. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The Project that Wasn't. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

It looked a little hodge-podge at this point, so I colored in the values, to see if it looked better.

The Project that Wasn't. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

And, indeed, it did.  As a matter of fact, I thought it looked like a pretty good abstract design.  But, I realized that it no longer depicted the heavy hanging blossoms of the original photo.  And I missed that.

So, I’ve put it aside in lieu of the next thing.
Did I waste my time?  Absolutely not!

As a matter of fact, this time spent designing will help me to be more creative the next time.  And besides, it was fun.  It’s quite possible that I’ll revisit this sketch one day.  Or maybe start again with the same photo and go in a different direction.  No worries.  It’s all part of experimenting.

Have you ever stalled out mid-project?  What are your thoughts on it?  Did you learn something anyway?  (I’ll bet you did.)

Ellen Lindner

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Small Pear Collages

In my last post, I showed you the start of several small pear collages.  I had great fun with them as I continued to work with portions of my original pear picture, vintage linens, papers, and hand stitching.

Here’s the completed version of the one in the last post, Pear Study #1.

Pear Study #1, a small art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/

This is #2 complete.

Pear Study #2, a small art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

#3, complete

Pear Study #3, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

And #4, in -progress.  Scroll down to see it completed.

Collage fun. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Pear Study #4

Pear Study #4, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

Can you see the piece of the original pear applique used in three out of the four?

I’m very happy with these four small collages and I especially like the way they look together.

Pear Study #1-4, by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

Which one is your favorite?

Small works like this often benefit from additional mounting or framing. I’ve got some experience with that and will show you some options in my next post.

Ellen Lindner

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Abstract Piece In-Progress

In my last post, I showed you how I abstracted a photo to create a new design.  This was my computer-colored sketch, although I knew I’d kick up the colors a good bit.

Photo to Abstract. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Soon, I was on to fabric selection.  I spent a good bit of time on this, since I knew the value contrasts would be important.

Abstract Piece In-Progress. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Next, it was time for background construction.

I changed a few fabrics along the way.

When I first finished the background, above, the white curve leaf tip on the left was too attention getting.  However, I knew I’d be adding white with the berries and hoped that they’d all balance out.

On to berries.

Abstract Piece In-Progress. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Yes, the white spots balanced out and I was crazy about those colors!

Time to glue everything together and take it to the machine.  On to quilting!

Ellen Lindner

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From Photo to Abstract

I’ve been having SO MUCH FUN working on my current quilt!  It’s an abstracted design, which always pushes me outside of my comfort zone.  But, I love the way it’s coming together.

First, I needed a design.  I took my cues from a Quilting Arts TV segment featuring Pat Pauly.  She suggested cutting up a photo and rearranging it in order to create shapes and lines for an abstract design.

Okay, then.  This is the photo I chose.

Photo to Abstract. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I cropped it to 7.5″ x 10″ and then cut it into 12 – 2.5″ squares.  I selected my six favorite squares and created a composition with them.  (Thanks to the square shape, the pieces can be easily rotated and still fit together nicely.)

Photo to Abstract. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Gee, I was really loving this!  Next, I outlined the major shapes and traced them.

Photo to Abstract. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Voila: an abstract design which can be worked in any values or colors.  I decided to create it in colors similar to the original photo and I did a little coloring on the computer.
(As you can see, I changed my mind about the orientation.)

Photo to Abstract. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

However, I had leftover “hot” fabric from my last quilt and decided to kick it up with vibrant colors.  Like these.

Photo to Abstract. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

On to the fabric selection!  I can’t wait to show you my progress.  Check back soon.

Ellen Lindner
P.S.  Since I did this design step a while ago, I have an earlier post with a little more info.

 

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Is It Hot in Here or is It Just Me?

As a warm-natured Floridian, I’m often asking “Is it hot in here, or is it just me?”  The hot colors of this quilt made me think of that, so I used my frequent question as the title.

Is it Hot in Here, or is It Just Me? An improvisational art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

Is it Hot in Here, or is It Just Me?

This quilt is larger than most of mine, 54 high x 49 wide.  So large, in fact, I thought it might one day get used for snuggle purposes. With that in mind, I put a binding on it.  (For the first time in about 14 years!)  Of course, I still consider it an art quilt and I added a sleeve for hanging.

Here’s a detail shot.

Is it Hot in Here, or is It Just Me? - detail. An improvisational art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

This quilt was a lot of fun to make!  You can see my in-progess posts in the related links, below.

This piece is for sale.  Find full info here.

Ellen Lindner

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“Deliberation” Complete

My latest artwork, Deliberation, is complete.

Deliberation, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

Deliberation

I’m quite happy with it and I really enjoyed creating it.

Deliberation - detail, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

I did deliberate (get it – deliberate?) quite a bit over the title.  It does look like an overhead view of rivers and many people suggested titles with that in mind.  That would have been fine, except I wanted to work it into my current series which has titles like Daydream, Brainstorm, etc.  So, I eventually decided on Deliberation.

Audition this art in your home

On to my next adventure.
Ellen Lindner

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Rust with Turquoise Abstract

My latest abstract piece is progressing nicely.  After creating the sketch and selecting fabrics, I began to compose the background on my design wall.

Abstract art quilt in progress. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Here it is, completed.

Abstract art quilt in progress. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Next, I made tracing paper patterns of the two undulating lines I wanted to add.

Abstract art quilt in progress. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

It’s coming along, don’t you think?  I was happy with this design and began to select fabrics for the undulating lines. As usual, I wanted several fabrics for each shape.

Here they are, finished.

Abstract #4 in-progress. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Next, I auditioned the idea of adding skinny undulating lines.  Should they be teal or rust?  I tried out both.

Abstract art quilt in progress. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I drew sketches in the computer and that settled it.

Abstract art quilt in progress. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Not teal.

So, I cut some skinny strips of hand dyed rust and set to work.

Ellen Lindner
P.S. Right now I’m calling this “Abstract #4.”  I definitely need a different way of thinking of this piece, but titles often come to me last.

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Smooth Undulating Lines

I’ve been working on a series of quilts in the same size, colors, and motifs.  One of the hallmarks of the first three quilts was undulating lines with jagged edges.  But, when I’m in creative mode I always allow myself to take detours.  So, when I got the idea to use some smoother undulating lines, I had no misgivings about changing course.

In 2006 I took a wonderful class, at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, with Emily Richardson.  One of our exercises was to create small compositions with just two colors of fabric.  I generally hate that sort of thing, but this time I had good luck.  I liked it so much that I stuck it on my design wall when I got home and it’s been living in that low corner for TEN years!

Planning a new art quilt with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

When I started thinking about undulating lines, this was the obvious spot for me to begin.  I grabbed my sketchbook and had a go at some designs.  Can you see that the one below right was inspired by the fabric composition above?  (You have to turn one of them to see the connection.)

Planning a new art quilt with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Planning a new art quilt with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I decided I really liked the one on the left, below.

Planning a new art quilt with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Meanwhile, I’d also done some playing on the computer.  This time I was focusing more on color.

Planning a new art quilt with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I started on the computer with lines of one width.  But then I decided to make their shapes vary.  Much more interesting, I think.

Planning a new art quilt with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

At this point, I had a design and a general color plan.  Time to audition some fabrics.

Ellen Lindner

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“Deja View” Complete

I finished the little piece for the SAQA trunk show.  Since it was inspired by the current series I’m working on, I named it Deja View.

Deja View, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

And here’s a detail shot.

Deja View - detail, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

At only 10″ x 7″ some of my usual construction methods needed to be modified.  The squares for instance.  In the larger pieces, they were depicted with fabric.  But, there was no way I could cut the tiny squares needed for this scale.  Instead, I drew them in with white pen and added more with hand stitching.

This was a fun little project.  It was SO nice to make something I could finish quickly!

Ellen Lindner

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