Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Snow White

Soooo much thinking has been going on around the next step for my improv trees. I've pinned and pinned and pinned again. I really like this one but had a simpler snowy notion rolling around in my head.

There's also been lots of sketching.

Just when I think I've settled on a plan another idea comes along. And then, in the most unlikely of places, I settle on the nugget of how to proceed. This. It has the winter feel that I want this little grove to rest in - the trees surrounded by two plain, wide borders very similar in colour and then quilted in random lines across the quilt to suggest the idea of a snowy field (at least that's how I see it!).

Surprisingly, this little quilt is in the Modern Medallion Workbook. I want to try my hand at a medallion one of these days but never imagined finding my inspiration for a snowing quilt here amid all the bright colours and pieced borders. Never assume.

So, I've laid everything out on a large design wall and have been cutting strips/pieces in whites and creams to fit between the trees and stars. I only made one more star since my last post about this quilt because I don't think it needs any more than that.

The variety of tones will add just enough interest - luv those large white polka dots. Once it's all together I'll see if it needs anything incorporated into to the borders but right now I think not. Sometimes you just have to start laying things out and cutting....M


audrey said...

Love where your quilt is going. So fascinating where a germ of an idea can come from.:)

Quilting Babcia said...

This is really looking wonderful. Looking forward to seeing your progression with completing the top.

Susan said...

Decisions, decisions. I like the first layout, but I'm looking forward to seeing how you improve it. Love all the whites and neutrals together, interesting and soothing.

Kyle said...

Working with just neutral can be a real challenge. Looks like you're working through all the decision making, experimenting and narrowing in on your final directions. I like the polka dot fabric too.

Nancy said...

I see this quilt in a whole new way since you've used the words "snow white." I love the quiet, light, neutral colors (non-colors?) in the background of the trees and also the little stars. I can almost imagine them as snowflakes.

It's interesting to see where inspiration, our imaginations, and other images take us when we're creating a quilt.

I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next with this top, Marie!

Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)

Sandra said...

I like the neutral color palette of your work in progress. This will be a very nice winter display.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

This is coming together beautifully! Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

Cattinka said...

I like your winter trees, with the light backround it looks like they are standing on snow.

The Cozy Quilter said...

Your winter forest is wonderful! I love the trees and the little stars add subtle sparkle. I will be back to watch your progress.