Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Freeform-Transparency-Connection



Bee Sewcial is always challenging. Rarely do I know right off where I'm headed when I read my bee-mate's prompt. But this month was one of the most challenging of all. One big Freeform-Transparency-Connection block. That was Karen/@capitolaquilter's request. The palette was the easiest part: Maximal minus pink/purple & limited neutrals. And freeform? Ok, that I could do.


I started by piecing one element with transparency. Not sure it was totally successful - still a concept I struggle with - but my attempt resulted in that center 'circle'. From there I just pieced some random improv segments using techniques I enjoy, and I even grabbed a couple of discarded blocks from previous projects that I discovered in my solids scrap bin.


I even tried to create an improv 'egg' that I'd seen Karen admire before - see the dark oval in the bottom left? Yeah. I need some practice with that shape. The 'connection' theme was incorporated through that crooked 'line' in the center of the piece. Then the 'dots' were created as a way to fit the block elements together.


This block was made totally ruler-free until the final trimming, which resulted in a block measuring 17" x 21 1/2". Whew! The top photo was my original orientation, but as I was photographing it I decided to see what it looked like from every angle, so to speak. Do you have a favorite?

9 comments:

  1. I am speechless Debbie - it hits all the (many) marks in the prompt. The only problem with it is that I want to just frame it and hang it on my wall. So happy to read its creative evolution. That navy egg stole my heart immediately There are definitely favorite stand out portions that change depending on orientation which is kind of a fun fact in itself. Thank You!!!

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  2. wow. there's a lot going on there! I think I like your original orientation the best.

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  3. Lots of great energy going on here.
    Good contrast, making each color look its best.
    And red, orange, yellow, lime, turquoise, etc. are my
    favorite colors.

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  4. Oh, yes, you CAN do freeform! I love this piece. It just looks "right" to me.

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  5. The third one looks like a mask to me

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  6. Well, if you struggled with it, it sure doesn't show! I'm pretty sure I'd get stuck on the showing transparency part of the whole thing (since I'm new to improv). The colors are just fantastic, they make me happy. I do like the first orientation, especially because of the little sun in the upper right corner. It's very optimistic. Once again, I'm not only impressed but inspired by your work!

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  7. I think it's gorgeous and give you huge props for the finish! The theme was not easy! But, you nailed it and it's amazing.

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  8. Your piece is just fantastic. I love the first orientation - I see a speeding meteor about to blow up a robot!

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  9. Challenging as always ! I would have struggled with the maximal palette ...

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