Saturday, July 3, 2010

Not sure I like it, but I made it.

It was a small experiment - well, that's a generous word for it I suppose. I had pent up energy, and the kids were running wild, and instead of taking them to the park (like I should have) I told them to play downstairs while I hid in my space upstairs cutting, threading and sewing.

The result is probably an accurate reflection of my excited and rushed process. No measuring, no sketching beforehand. And the fact that I wasn't settled or quiet or peaceful when making this shines through to me. I don't know if I like it. But I made it. And it will hang around somewhere. If only as a reminder that I can still be myself, even in the middle of the sometimes-tornado that raising kids creates.

I like the graduation in color from ground, to grass, to horizon to sky. I like the silver thread I used to quilt the design. The background fabric is soft and has a beautiful weight to it and the backing is a light grey - I even added a hanging pocket. But when I put it all together and hang it on the wall it just doesn't quite work. Can't put my finger on why. I'm not sure I like it. But I made it.


Anonymous said...

I like it! For all the same reasons you mentioned. Perhaps what you feel is missing is a dominant design element. Everything inside the border reads kind of like an abstract landscape to me. Maybe an applique over those panels, relegating them to the background, would make it feel more right? My inclination is to do a silhouette of a tree or something like that, but I'm pretty stuck on tree motifs. :) You did get married under a catalpa, though, right? Hmmm.

Rebekah said...

I really like this! I love the subtle color and pattern variation and the earth to sky palette. It's so pretty.

Linnea Matulat said...

i love it.