by Sandra | April 2nd, 2010
Jason and I want to thank everyone who participated in World Autism Awareness Day yesterday by wearing blue and sending supporting comments and messages.
Speaking of Jason…..
It is time for an update on his Pumpkin Quilt. This center outer border is more intricate, so things are moving at a slower pace. I won’t tell you how #$@&%^$# long it took me to find a fabric that had all the qualities I needed to make the apple a success. Above is the overall shot of the quilt to date. All of the branches are complete and I am moving on to the leaves etc. in the border design.
Some of the “images of interest” are going to be apples tucked into the frame in various places. Apples, IMO, are one of the hardest things to do with ONE piece of fabric and NO paint. It would be easy peasy for me to just paint the darn thing and then applique it to the surface, but I want to achieve this with fabric. There is no challenge for me in painting, but there is a huge technical and artistic challenge in achieving the same result by using fabric.
I went through EVERY red in my stash trying to find a piece that had lots of contrast, the right hue (98% too pink, 1.9% too orange). The Goldilocks version of “just right” was a shock. It is an uuuuuugly piece of fabric. I kept ignoring it in my process of elimination and in the back of my head I was thinking, “what possessed me to buy that?”. Finally it was the only piece left and lo and behold? It was the perfect fabric.
I even tried to make a Golden Delicious and a Fuji apple to avoid this piece of fabric, but noooo, they wouldn’t work in that position of the quilt due to the colors. So I resigned myself to trying the uuuuugly fabric. I was dumbstruck when the first test apple from this fabric blended in beautifully and had that painted (representational) look I was after.
Just think how this is all going to come together once I add the detail work. Oh yes.
I wish all of you who celebrate, a wonderful Easter weekend and I have to get busy stuffing plastic eggs with candy and prizes for our annual Easter Egg hunt. Who ever finds the Golden Egg gets bragging rights for the year. It is a BIG deal with the kids. LOL