Friday, October 6, 2017

The Square - Off the Wall Friday

And the 10" by 10" square  saga continues.  But  after a couple of false starts, I finally came up with a good idea.  This morning.  At 7 amRight, just a couple hours before work.  #somylife

How did I  come up the idea?  Well, the thing about this design is that the square is going to be auctioned off at the Schweinfurth Art Center's 10 x 10 = Art.  So I thought not only does it have to have a decent design BUT it has to capture the interest of the bidder.  That got me thinking.  What would I like to buy at an event like this??? What would make me stop and say, "Oh, I like that".  The light bulb went off and my latest obsession on Pinterest popped in my head, Vintage Sewing Machines and Notions.

With just an hour or so before work, I took my normal route from idea to quilt and picked a picture.   Then it was time to play with different crops.  After a bunch of trials I settled on a nice simple one bringing the word Singer as the focal point.
One of the Trial Crops
With the final crop chosen, then I started thinking about the mood I wanted to create with it and played with some of the special effects in my photo editor.  I also changed the settings of the photo so that it could be easily traced.  I wanted to go on but  - alas - work was calling (literally since I work on the phone all day - grin)

After work, my husband Paul helped me out by using a drafting program that makes my picture exactly 10" by 10" and printed it out on a couple of 8" by 11" sheets of paper that could be tapped together.  Now its ready for me to trace the pattern and start finally getting this square done!   I decided that I probably will fuse it to give it a nice neat finish lines.

Finally  - a good idea - that I can't wait to finish!!

So what have you been up to creatively?



The Inside Stori said...

You are off to a good start with your challenge.......anxious to see the finished piece!!

quiltedfabricart said...

Looking forward to seeing the finish as well. How will you do the word singer and the iconic singer doodle thingy on the machine? Since it's so small I suppose a pen but being on a black background?

Shannon said...

I'm so glad you got your idea! I hate projects like that where nothing is coming and there's a deadline. It's all so much better once you have a plan. I look forward to seeing the final quilt!

Julia Graber said...

I love your wonderfully good idea. It should be a show stopper! I wish I would have thought of that!

Terry Aske Art Quilts said...

I love the Singer sewing machine idea! Looking forward to seeing where you go with this.

Helen from Hobart said...

Few years ago an AUSNZartquilt internet group decided to celebrate 10 years together by creating 10 x 10 squares. I was stumped for ideas until I made a list of all the skills I had developed in those 10 years. One was using letters, so the letters T E N. Free motion quilting, wholecloth quilts, use of trapunto and dimensional effects were also major achievements of those years, so I stitched lines inside the letters (which made one viewer think I had used mattress ticking), added extra layers of batting and did dense quilting. No piecing, no painting, just plain fabric and stitched lines. It was one of the best things I ever did- other people loved it, and it made me realise how far I had travelled... and that simple can be great.