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“Initial Response” Complete

My latest quilt, Initial Response, is now complete.

Initial Response, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

Initial Response

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

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

Find more information here.

I’m REALLY happy with this quilt!  Especially the color scheme, which was new to me.  And, it went together easily, since I let the initial hand dyed fabric (center) give me lots of cues.  I selected the name, Initial Response, mostly because I liked the sound of it and the idea of it.  Then, I realized that it eluded to my process, as well.  I like that.

I’ve written lots about my process in making this quilt. If you scroll back to January 14th, 2018 you’ll see the first post and you can read forward for the full story.

I’m looking forward to using the rest of that special fabric.  Hmm, what shall I do with it?

Ellen Lindner

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Three Steps Forward

After completing the background of my abstract quilt, I was ready to tackle the primary motif.  I used my sketch as the idea.

It all Started with a Beautiful Fabric. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Next, I had to choose colors.  I thought some red might be dynamic.

Taking Inspiration from the Starting Fabric. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

 I used photo editing software to audition several different color options.

Three Steps Forward. Ellen Lindner, AdventurQuilter.com/blog

I wanted to play up the red (above) but the yellow provided so much contrast that I decided I needed to work with it in my planned focal point.  Maybe this:

Three Steps Forward. Ellen Lindner, AdventurQuilter.com/blog

Or maybe I should drop the red altogether.

Three Steps Forward. Ellen Lindner, AdventurQuilter.com/blog

I decided to forge ahead with this arrangement.

Three Steps Forward. Ellen Lindner, AdventurQuilter.com/blog

Which meant auditioning red and yellow fabrics.

And eventually I got this.

Three Steps Forward. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Hmm.  I liked it but it didn’t have the drama I expected.  Did the shapes need to be wider? More experimentation would be needed.

Ellen Lindner

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At Least I Learned Something

After so much experimentation with paint and collage I was anxious to see if and how it might translate to fabric.  I gave myself this assignment:
– Make 4 small collages, each with paint used at least once.
– Experiment with different ways to get a sheer/transparent effect.
– Start with materials immediately on my work table.
– Start by adding something sheer to every stage.

These were my initial materials, all of which were lying around, (i.e. not properly put away.)  They included some hexies which had been stitched to a background piece of muslin, small fused scraps and sheer fabrics.

At Least I Learned Something. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I cut up the hexies and used them as part of the backgrounds.

At Least I Learned Something. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I expected the finished compositions to be about 5 x 7.  I used a paper frame (above) to help me arrange the hexies for each.  These were my starting compositions.

At Least I Learned Something. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I’ll show you some of what I did.  However, I don’t consider any of them finished.  As a matter of fact, I wasn’t very happy with any of them.  But, I managed to answer my questions, so then I felt find about putting them away.

This is as far as I got on the orange one.  As you can see, a layer of organza greatly obscured the layer below.  It’s also got paint on top of everything you see here.  Except for the little black line which I added with stitching.

At Least I Learned Something. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

This red and green one got a transparent layer with over printing.  I liked that effect.  Yellow lines were fused on and organza was added to the right side only.

At Least I Learned Something. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

This blue one was pretty much a dud.  I added a gridded sheer and then melted parts of it with a heat gun.  I didn’t like the wounds.  I also used heavy stitching as a transparent layer.  It worked pretty well, but was too much work for my liking.

At Least I Learned Something. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

This one was quickly getting overworked and it had questionable color choices.  But, I did like the line I added with two lines of stitching.

At Least I Learned Something. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

And here it is when it got so ugly I couldn’t face it anymore!

At Least I Learned Something. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

With all this ugliness, what did I learn?
– I don’t really like sheer fabrics as translucent layers.  They tend to obscure the lower layers too much.
– I DO like allover printing as a textural/sheer layer.  I can see myself using it again.
– I like adding a black line with machine stitching.  I’d like to explore hand stitching it too.

I think I’ve now well and thoroughly put this episode of exploration to bed.  On to the next thing!

Ellen Lindner

 

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“Spring Forth” Complete

After many distractions, I finally got back to working on my Red Bud quilt.  I decided to name it “Spring Forth,” because I was captivated by the way the Red Bud blossoms pop right up out of the trunks.

Spring Forth, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Spring Forth

 

I got lucky with the background fabrics.  Many of them had colorful dots which worked well for implying more blossoms.  I love it when the fabric does the work!

Spring Forth - detail, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

As you can see, I abstracted the flowers quite a bit.  That was fun!

Spring Forth - detail, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Find more details, dimensions, and purchase information on the Spring Forth web page.

Ellen Lindner
P.S.  I’m the queen of cropping.  It VERY frequently improves the composition.  Which I sorta noticed in the second image.  I really like that composition, too.

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Starting My Red Bud Quilt

After coming up with  a design for my quilt, it was time to select some fabrics.

Designing a Red Bud Quilt. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

My computer generated sketch is shown above.  I decided to fracture the sky quite a bit in order to give the impression of busy twigs, etc.  The lower part would be mostly one fabric, though.

So, I dug into my stash of blues, to see if I had what I needed.

Starting My Red Bud Quilt. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I crack myself up.  Of course I did!

Next, I put a piece of muslin onto my design wall and drew in the desired dimensions.  Then, I drew in the tree, along with some dotted lines for fractured sky pieces.

Starting My Red Bud Quilt. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

When the first piece went in I was so excited!  I got quite a little Adrenalin surge!

Ellen Lindner

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“For My Own Amusement”

I’ve finished up the series of four pieces made from a stitched indigo sampler.  See numbers one and two here.  And numbers three and four below.

"For My Own Amusement." Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

"For My Own Amusement." Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I love the art paper with the circles, above.

"For My Own Amusement." Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

"For My Own Amusement." Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Piece #2 includes a bit of a dictionary page with the word “amusement” defined.  Since I was doing these just for fun, I thought I could use that word as part of my title.  It came to me very quickly:
“For My Own Amusement, #1-4.”

I like the way the four pieces look together.  What do you think?

"For My Own Amusement." Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Ellen Lindner

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What Next?

After successfully cutting up a UFO (unfinished object) and using it as the starting point for some little collages, I was anxious to do it again.  The question was “Which UFO do I use?”  Because, well, I have more than one.

Maybe I could do something with this partially constructed prickly pear.

What Next? Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Or with this painted mountain scene.

What Next? Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

This one actually intrigued me enough to experiment it with it a bit more.  I used Neocolor wax pastels and Inktense blocks to kick up the color saturation.

What Next? Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

 (Boy, the Inktense has WAY more pigment than the wax pastels.)

Or, maybe I should do something with this colorful swirly collage.  It’s certainly bright and appealing.

What Next? Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

(It’s made from sewing on raw edged strips.  The strips are the byproduct from cutting fat quarters.  My local quilt shop sells bags of them.)

Or, here’s another use of those strips.  Knitting!

What Next? Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

A closer look:

What Next? Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

As you can see, I have no shortage of unusual UFOs!  Any one of them had lots of possibilities.

Finally, however, I decided to work with this indigo sampler.

What Next? Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

It was given to me years ago, by the gal who  made it in a class.  Isn’t it wonderful?  All the patterns were created with stitching.  Once stitched, these tight spots resisted the dye, creating very interesting effects.

I used this piece once before, so it was was already hand stitched.  (That first quilt was a dud, so I removed this part and saved it.)

Stay tuned to see what I do with this.

Ellen Lindner
P.S. Now I have a reason for saving UFOs!  Have you got any weird ones?
P.P.S.  I’ve lost my enthusiasm for the top two pieces: the prickly pear and the mountain scene.  If you’d like one of them, just let me know and I’ll send it to you, (if you live in the US.)  If you want one, I hope you’ll DO something to it!

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