Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sunshine and blue skies quilt



I finally arranged my fractured circle blocks on a sunny yellow background of cotton duck cloth and started embroidering them down. The colors remind me of blue skies and sunshine, very unlike what we had a few days ago when I bought the yellow fabric ...


You may think I changed the photo to a black and white, but I didn't. This shows how the day was literally drained of color, so I was glad to have my bright blocks to look at.


I tried numerous configurations -- I calculated there are more than 5,000 possibilities -- before settling on one that I won't show you until I'm done. Here are some of the rejects:





Once I settled on the block arrangement, I debated which embroidery stitch(es) to use to sew them on and finally settled on the good old blanket stitch. We had sunshine the past two days, so I got to spread it out on the dining room table and stitch away in the glorious light!

p.s. I'm linking up to Nina Marie's blog, where you can see what other fiber artists have been up to this week: http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/2015/01/curves-at-cabin-off-wall-friday.html


Have a colorful day

13 comments:

sonja said...

these are rejects? Wowser! they are sparkling even on a grey day! looking forward to the finished quilt! who is it you say influenced you on this way of cloth handling?

Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

Beautiful! Love all the sunny and bright colors and lovely stitching!

The Idaho Beauty said...

Getting exciting! Love that yellow base.

Robbie said...

This is going to be wonderful!! So bright...so happy...so perfect for now!!!

Maartje Quilt said...

Love the colors on the yellow fabric. Because your blocks are so colorful beautitful and the circle shape, all possibilities are beautiful. Seeing them together is special. Thanks for sharing.

The Inside Stori said...

What a wonderfully colorful piece....it made me happy just looking at it!

Judy Ferguson said...

Great look. I love it.

Kaja said...

This is such a happy sunny piece. I love how your bright colours look with the yellow background and I love all your hand stitching. It's going to be fantastic.

Shannon said...

The texture and color in these blocks is just great! Love how hopeful and summery they feel!

Heather Pregger said...

Beautiful blocks! I can't wait to see the finished piece!

Margaret said...

very cool love the blocks

Norma Schlager said...

Just what is needed to brighten up a winter day. Outside my window looks a lot like yours.

Sue Kaufman said...

I love your work! So many possibilities. Thank you for sharing