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This quarter's Four In Art theme is Purple Passion.
We've owned 3 purple sofas. Here are a couple of photos of #2 purple sofa.
Our townhouse in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Four generation photo after our first daughter, Claire, was born.
The sofa looks more red here due to poor lighting.
I used to wear a lot of purple, we've owned 3 purple sofas,
but I really hadn't quilted in purple before. I thought it was time to experiment.
I decided to draw some lines on a piece of paper.
I then cut it into strips on the diagonal and taped it together.
Then I cut on the diagonal from the opposite direction and taped again.
This is the final mock up, mind you I did this in bed at 11pm,
and my husband couldn't understand why I was doing 'crafts' in bed.
I was doing this in bed because at the time,
I thought I had a bright idea.
I used some PURPLE silk from one of Claire's semi formals,
I added some equally vibrant orange for balance.
I chopped and sewed....
and copped and sewed....
and chopped and sewed.
I stopped chopping at this point and spray glued it on a gray background.
I was afraid the spray due would show through on the silk,
lucky me I won the quilting lottery today and
the spray glue didn't show through.
I decided to leave all the raw edges exposed.
I started quilting my chopped up purple silk with straight lines.
Then I quilted a bunch of circles that matched the orange fabric.
A good artist knows when to stop. Well....
I kept going thinking more is better. I forgot that less is more.
I was fine with the quilted wavy lines, straight lines and circles.
Remember how I said a good artist knows when to stop?
Well... after I stippled the word PURPLE I knew that
I would NOT be quilting any words onto my next quilt.
I decided to leave the edges raw since the silk edges are raw and this is an experiment
At the end of the process this was a great experiment to be part of.
I wouldn't mind chopping a bunch of fabric up again,
but I'm not going to be stippling any words or letters on a quilt anytime soon.
Not all ideas are brilliant, they are just ideas.