Friday, October 6, 2017

The Square - Off the Wall Friday

And the 10" by 10" square  saga continues.  But  after a couple of false starts, I finally came up with a good idea.  This morning.  At 7 amRight, just a couple hours before work.  #somylife

How did I  come up the idea?  Well, the thing about this design is that the square is going to be auctioned off at the Schweinfurth Art Center's 10 x 10 = Art.  So I thought not only does it have to have a decent design BUT it has to capture the interest of the bidder.  That got me thinking.  What would I like to buy at an event like this??? What would make me stop and say, "Oh, I like that".  The light bulb went off and my latest obsession on Pinterest popped in my head, Vintage Sewing Machines and Notions.

With just an hour or so before work, I took my normal route from idea to quilt and picked a picture.   Then it was time to play with different crops.  After a bunch of trials I settled on a nice simple one bringing the word Singer as the focal point.
One of the Trial Crops
With the final crop chosen, then I started thinking about the mood I wanted to create with it and played with some of the special effects in my photo editor.  I also changed the settings of the photo so that it could be easily traced.  I wanted to go on but  - alas - work was calling (literally since I work on the phone all day - grin)

After work, my husband Paul helped me out by using a drafting program that makes my picture exactly 10" by 10" and printed it out on a couple of 8" by 11" sheets of paper that could be tapped together.  Now its ready for me to trace the pattern and start finally getting this square done!   I decided that I probably will fuse it to give it a nice neat finish lines.

Finally  - a good idea - that I can't wait to finish!!

So what have you been up to creatively?

 

6 comments:

  1. You are off to a good start with your challenge.......anxious to see the finished piece!!

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  2. Looking forward to seeing the finish as well. How will you do the word singer and the iconic singer doodle thingy on the machine? Since it's so small I suppose a pen but being on a black background?

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  3. I'm so glad you got your idea! I hate projects like that where nothing is coming and there's a deadline. It's all so much better once you have a plan. I look forward to seeing the final quilt!

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  4. I love your wonderfully good idea. It should be a show stopper! I wish I would have thought of that!

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  5. I love the Singer sewing machine idea! Looking forward to seeing where you go with this.

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  6. Few years ago an AUSNZartquilt internet group decided to celebrate 10 years together by creating 10 x 10 squares. I was stumped for ideas until I made a list of all the skills I had developed in those 10 years. One was using letters, so the letters T E N. Free motion quilting, wholecloth quilts, use of trapunto and dimensional effects were also major achievements of those years, so I stitched lines inside the letters (which made one viewer think I had used mattress ticking), added extra layers of batting and did dense quilting. No piecing, no painting, just plain fabric and stitched lines. It was one of the best things I ever did- other people loved it, and it made me realise how far I had travelled... and that simple can be great.

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