Back in July I bought this beautiful painted piece of fabric from Pat Pauly.
Isn’t it gorgeous? I knew it could be the start of something wonderful. The only problem is that the scale of this fabric is much larger than I normally use. Which meant that I didn’t have other similarly scaled fabrics to work with. Still, I thought I could feature this inspiration fabric and add simpler fabrics to it.
First, I had to figure out how much of this fabric to use and a rough idea of the size of the quilt. I decided to use half of the fabric.
Then, I auditioned how I might cut it and reassemble it. Folding helped me visualize the new shape of the fabric.
So, I did this. The piece on the right has been turned 180 degrees.
Next, I began to audition other fabrics. I thought these looked pretty good.
At every turn, I used the starting fabric to help me make decisions. Such as the angles for the side pieces. I wanted them to enhance the angular nature of the starting fabric’s pattern. See what I mean?
Here’s the left side completed. (That is, pinned.)
And here’s the entire background when I THOUGHT it was finished.
I decided that one of the yellow fabrics on the right showed up too much, so I had to address that. Trial and error!
Thus far, I’ve shown you only the background. But I was also working on an idea for a foreground motif. I’ll show you that next time.
What would you do?