Monday, August 15, 2011

Congratulations Mrs. Arnold….it’s a boring quilt!!!

Ah….it didn’t start out to be boring…..

The idea was really good.   While in China I took the following photo of a group of bamboo trees…..

_6072807 ….and my creative juices started working overtime.

So, when I had some time to play in my studio, I pulled out the green and yellow fabrics and off I went.

The first step was to make paper patterns that were approximately 3 by 6 inches and the paper piece them in alternating green and yellow stripes…..


When I had twelve of them finished I started playing with how to put them together. 


As I fiddled in EQ7, I came up with an arrangement that looked something like this…..

bamboo My husband particularly liked the way the blocks floated on the background so I proceeded to lay out the blocks and start piecing.

I found that it was easiest to piece in long strips and had fun trying to figure out the best way to make it work.  DSC00461

At one point, I realized that I had pieced one strip incorrectly, so simply moved it to another spot so that it would fit.

Here is the final quilt top…..


Now the problem… looks BORING!!!!!    I am going to have to add something to it to spice it up a bit, but the question is what to add????

I have thought about painting bamboo leaves, using Shiva Paintsticks, appliquéing leaves, layering net or mesh leaves.

PLEASE help me make this quilt un-boring…..what are your suggestions??


Sylvia said...

I like the idea of appliqué leaves. Maybe you could make them 3-D somehow so they come off the quilt? I do like it so far though!

Karen said...

Applique bamboo leaves was my first thought too. Keep it simple and they should be quite effective.
Love it so far!

Emma said...

My vote is bamboo leaves with a gold shiva paintstik - and some extra detail (banboo stalks and leaves) in the quilting. Or, being me, I'd try and incorporate a panda - they're my favourite animals!

Maggi said...

I really don't think it is boring but if you are going to add anything I would go with shiva bamboo leaves or bamboo leaves with stems with outline stitching possibly in black and maybe extend some of the extras into the border in places.

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