Saturday, August 1, 2009
Once again, it's time for the 12 x 12 reveal of another theme: passion. Above is my play-along piece. I started it last night, worked on it for a couple hours. Got up this morning and worked a couple of more hours to finish it. The edges aren't done yet, though. Nothing like waiting until the last minute!
I have had this idea kicking around in my head for awhile. It didn't turn out exactly like what I was thinking. In my head, there was also hand stitching. I call this Random Passion because the piecing is all random. I just randomly cut shapes and sewed them together. I've only done this type of piecing a few times. I don't like this technique much because it wastes more fabric and I don't always know how to sew the seams together. Also, the seams can get bulky in places.
I used warm, bright colors in the middle because when I think of passion, I think of burning passion and warm colors. I did the random piecing as I also think that burning passion can be a bit out of control or churning inside. Then I thought that passion seems so intense when it is juxtaposed with something more mundane. I used the neutral colored border to create this contrast. However, I put a little bit of the warm color at places along the border to show the passion "leaking out" and maybe having a some affect on the "mundane".
The quilting in the middle section was done with two different warm color threads in free motion stitching. The motifs are chaotic and organic; what I image passionate feelings to be. The quilting on the outside is the calm straight lines which were also free motion stitched (so they really aren't straight).
I like how this piece turned out. Since I didn't use a ruler and did free motion stitching, I think it has a bit of an organic feel even though the pieces are geometric. It was also nice to get back to working on my art and complete a piece so quickly (that's unusual for me).