January 21, 2014

Debra: Reevaluating another Wall Hanging UFO

With my continued effort to finish some wall hanging UFOs, I took a critical look at another long-standing project.  When I first sewed it, I was trying to combine painted/stamped/manipulated fabric with a crazy quilt block border.  In the past few years every time I took the pieces out to look at them, I knew the idea was not working.  I just didn't have the enthusiasm to fix it.  Sunday I took the middle section and added a bright blue border.  I separated the crazy quilt blocks out for a new idea.

On its own without the crazy quilt blocks, I like this wall hanging.  I'll quilt it soon.  At the time I was sewing it, I was also exploring some ideas for stitching texture with the embroidery machine.  It's stitch play I hope I can return to in 2014.




The crazy quilt blocks are beautiful, lively and use colors I love.  




I think I would like to combine them with white.  Monday I started stitching raw edge yardage.  Not sure yet how I will combine them; or, if I will; but I like the new direction for these blocks already.


I'm happy to hear your suggestions for combing the white with the crazy quilt blocks.  I'll probably do all machine quilting with a bit of beading; don't plan to hand embroider anything (at least not now).

19 comments:

Suztats said...

Wow! I love the colour intensity of those crazy blocks! Gorgeous fabrics. The wall hanging has so much interesting texture and character to it, and I wish I could see it up close.
I was wondering how the wild and hot brights of the crazy blocks would look next to the white, and thinking they may be too intense for the white to handle.......have you thought of black or cool greys? I was thinking a cool complementary might make them pop even more? Just a thought......

ladyhawthorne said...

You're right, the blue border really sets off the wall hanging.
Can't wait to see what you come up with for the white on white piece, so far I really like it!

Cyra said...

I can see that the cq blocks do not go with the top quilt. Good choice to separate them. Top quilt is a great art quilt, not sure that I would have put that blue border on it though. I'd prefer black, or at least a navy blue border perhaps.
I'm not sure that the cq blocks go with the white yardage either. Two separate quilts again, and they are both competing with each other. Cq blocks are busy and colourful. I would not put them with the delicate, gentle, peaceful, textured, white pieces, because they evoke totally different emotions and feelings. One is cheerful, happy, and exciting, while the other is peaceful, moody, and relaxing (in my opinion), unless that is exactly what you are trying to achieve.
Love the colours of the cq blocks by the way. I can see how they appeal to you.
The whites remind me of Suz's wrapping cloth before all the embellishing. Love the texture that is already there.

Debra Spincic said...

Oh Cy! I feel as though we have been having the same conversation in my head!

The blue border fabric actually has black paisley on it with the tiniest bit of blue green. I'll compromise and bind it in black.

Yes, this morning when I looked at the blocks and glanced at the white yardage on the longarm, I could see (once again) that I had the same issue with the blocks + white as I did with the blocks + art quilt.

I have been thinking through the day that the white might need some neutral patches and small seashells and bits of natural wood as embellishments.

Debra Spincic said...

The crazy quilt blocks may turn out to be more of a challenge than I thought . . . .

Debra Spincic said...

I've been using the leftover linen fabrics from some pretty nasty vintage linens for some of the whites. I have to do something to sew down this mountain of linens!

Cyra said...

I've been playing with your quilt colours in Photoshop, and discovered that the blue border is fine.....
the colour that is now 'my problem' is orange. I know you love orange, but that is what is troubling me about this quilt of yours.
I have put three different colour-ways on my blog (I didn't want to interrupt other TS posting here), so have look at:
http://free-form-stitching.blogspot.co.nz/2014/01/just-for-debra.html
and you will see what I mean about the orange.

Debra Spincic said...

I looked and while they are all nice, they don't have much oomph.
In reality (not the photo), I think the orange works very well with the little squares dancing across the top & bottom.
This is not that significant of a wall hanging to demand much more design attention (!!) I could quilt it in orange thread and add an orange binding. Then, I'd have the rule of 3 working for me! LOL!

Cyra said...

I need to come over and see it IRL me thinks.
I would definitely NOT call this quilt insignificant, lol. The art appeals to me a lot and is worthy of everyone's attention. I see something new every time I look at it.

Moira said...

I really like how the final border sets off the quilt. And love the CQ blocks and colors that you used in them.

Debra Spincic said...

OK, I'll put the kettle on for tea!

cq4fun said...

I truly love the brightness and cheer these blocks make me feel. The top without them is calmer and I like the art feeling it has. It reminds me of a framed bit of modern art that someone would hang over the sofa. (That's a compliment, btw!)

cq4fun said...

P. S., if those were my crazy quilt blocks, I would put nothing between them. The green is a great contrast to the hot colors and I like it just that way. =)

QuiltingFitzy said...

I'm very fond of the painted piece, the textures are amazing. Anxious to see your thought processes for the white piece.

Debra Spincic said...

There aren't any thought processes for the white one yet. In an effort to finish a UFO, I may have created another project. Not too happy about that.

Debra Spincic said...

I certainly like that idea--I'll be mulling them over during the week.

Debra Spincic said...

Thank you!

Judy S. said...

Love those CQ blocks. Debra! (Did you ever show them attached to the others? I can't quite imagine them there.) I agree with Susan about the green effect. On the art quilt, I think the blue border is great; for me it connects with the other blues and kind of ties all the parts together. But best of all I'm glad you have some UFOs too. Tee Hee.

Debra Spincic said...

To be truthful, Judy, I think these are your UFOs you snuck into my closet!