And this IS working with a plan! (Or maybe this IS as much as I can plan?).
Here is the quilt after I finished quilting it. This is hanging on the 8 feet wide design board.
In writing my observations at this stage I had some definitely-do-different next time ideas but it was the puckering in the green panel that grated my last nerve...so I decided to cut out the red and the yellow for 2 seperate smaller quilts. I came to this idea quickly as a result of having prior study work with these:
In my last post I wrote about having an interesting background and the piece not being successful as the whole quilt as a focal point. Yesterday I used one of my spirit images and stamped 3 times in the upper left hand corner in dark blue...made me bounce and then a scene from the book Beloved came to me...child size ghost hand prints on top of a birthday cake...so I stamped a child's hand print in 2 sizes leading to the ghost heads...I was NOT bouncing....all I could see was those turkey drawings made from the imprint of one's hand. The longer I looked at it the longer it offended me. I didn't even want to be reminded of this disaster by cutting the piece into postcards. After some deep breathing and meditating I heard the words "painted quilt". Immediately got up from the comfy chair went to the cabinet and with not too much deliberation picked up the blue paint...don't believe I did it, do you? Well let me layout evidence article labelled #1025 before you:
Then Sam Gilliam's pieces came to visit me...3 pieces I saw in his retrospective show that where solid colours that encouraged me to explore monochromatic pieces. I was dancing and singing...I was barrackin'! Settled down to meditate on it and my cheeks carried the weight of my smile and then from out of nowhere I got up and stuck this scrap that was on the table from another piece and stuck it onto the piece and I thought I was going to have to lay back on the pillow and smoke a cigarette after my heart returned to its regular beat.
I love this! Ilovethis!! I LOVE THIS!!!
I received such a boost from this piece that I started on the next quilt by writing on fabric.