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Quilt Design A Day

Woohoo, end of the week! That means I am headed to our guild’s quilting retreat for the weekend! Hopefully I will FINALLY have some finishes to share. Or y’know, at least some new WIPs.

Before that though, here’s another week of QDAD designs.

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9-19: aubergine hues

Last week I talked a bit about how my designs were influenced by Ellsworth Kelly. That continued into this week. I called this “Pile of Eggplants.”

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9-20: mineral hues

Yep, still inspired by Ellsworth Kelly. Also, I used to make drawings like this ALL the time when I was in high school. I spent hours coloring them in. I think it makes a really cool quilt as well. (Different colors though. Oof.)

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9-21: autumn spectrum

This design probably looks familiar, as it’s the basis for the quilt, “We Are.” (Which is hanging in a museum right now, and the show opens today! ๐Ÿ˜€ ) I put up the entire evolution of the design, so you can see a bit of the design process I go through. The design started as the QDAD on the left, which was more Ellsworth Kelly inspired work. For the Amish challenge, I knew I wanted to only use two colors, since I wanted to juxtapose Amish and Silicon Valley culture. I chose the deep blue as it’s common in Amish quilts, and the acidic green because it reminded me of technology. The wonkiness reminded me more of Gees Bend than Amish, so I straightened it out. Finally, I flipped the colors to make it feel a bit more uncomfortable. (Dark colors are often used towards the bottom to give the feeling of “ground.”) And then I made the quilt. These are pretty close to the colors of the fabric that continue to beย impossible to photograph.

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9-22: picked palette

Was really not feeling this. I call the one on the right “Bad Apple” because the photo was of some apples. I don’t really have anything to say about these other than “blah.”

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9-23: color path

More improv work, although I think this is the last of it. I felt ready to move on to non-wonky things. I do like the perspective in this, though. And it was nice to work with an inspiration image that wasn’t flowers.

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9-24: autumn hues

Ahh yes, classic “I’m kinda done with that experiment but haven’t figured out what I want to do next” aimlessness which results in crap design.

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9-25: petalled palette

Annnd that’s when I decided to give in to my plaid/madras/tartan/etc leanings and just explore those for a while. For those who aren’t into plaids (I know there’s at least one of you out there!) I apologize for the next week or two.

And now I’m off to pack! I hope you all have a creative weekend!

-Anne

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