Monday, April 8, 2013

In the shadow of the Space Needle

A while back, I told you about taking a class with Elizabeth Barton through Quilt University.  It was an  first time adventure into approaching quilting from an art perspective. We used photographs as the inspiration and from that we learned sketching, expanding, cropping, abstracting, deternining the "main idea", using color and the color wheel, developing a working sketch, transferring from sketch to fabric, etc.  For me it was a definite challenge, but one I welcomed.  I was able to progress through forum interactions with Elizabeth and others and certainly felt supported every step of the way.  I have just now finished sewing the flimsy.(It is my first effort at machine applique and I used a small zigzag stitch.)   I'm going to let the quilt rest a good while as I ponder quilting designs.

Here is the inspiration photo showing a part of Dale Chiuhuly's  exhibit at the Seattle Center, with the Space Needle towering overhead.

Here is the result -   I was really struck by the radial symmetry of the flowers when I looked at them closely and the radial symmetry of the top of the Space Needle.  So that was the "main idea".


  1. Lovely. I think you really caught his art work in your quilt. Nice citrus colors.

  2. Very impressed! Well done - and I hope you feel good about your accomplishment!!

  3. This is going to be a show stopper quilt. Awesome work!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  4. Beautiful! I have been without my computer for almost a month so I'm trying to catch up with all my favorite places.You are such a wonderful quilter...

  5. wow-as usual your work is stunning!


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