It seems I blinked a couple of times and 2016 was gone. How did that happen?
Since my last post, there has been very little activity on the Seams French assembly line. Several nasty versions of flu bugs have kept me pretty much out of commission for most of December and the early part of January. Preset goals and deadlines became meaningless when the only thing that mattered was having enough cough meds and tissues in the house. Vulnerability should never be underestimated.
With some wind back in my sails, I decided to start up 2017 by pulling out my whole cloth quilt design that had been shelved since last April.
For a quilt like this, I like to preplan and draw in fairly detailed FMQ lines for focal motifs. I love this part of the process and can get completely lost in it.
|Completed FMQ butterfly design.|
When designing, I rely on a lot of different resources. Our collection of photos is fairly large and is my first source for ideas and inspiration. Books, art, the internet, etc. are all great references as well and I use them all.
For this quilt, I seem to be drawn to the Arts and Crafts Movement (1880's Britain), to Art Nouveau (1890 - 1910) through to Art Deco (1920 - 1940).
The butterfly got a touch of the diva from Erte, a fashion illustrator from the Art Deco period.
|"Erté: Art Deco Master of Graphic Art and Illustrator", by Rosalind Ormiston: Flame Tree Publishing, London 2014|
|Another illustration from the same book.|
Alphonse Mucha inspired this little hummingbird.
|Here she is in progress.|
Below is a trial run of FMQ on some gardenias, inspired by William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement
|"William Morris: Artist, Craftsman, Pioneer" by P. Ormiston and N.M. Wells; Flame Tree Publishing, 2010 London|
The general design layout of the quilt has been printed out to full size, 100" x 100". It's basically a map of all of the elements, with details to be reworked individually
My Notre Dame Rose Window design has found it's way into the background of this quilt along with a scattering of shamrocks.
I have not set many "SeamsFrench" goals for this year, but finishing this quilt this year is a priority for me. It has been on the back burner for far too long so it's definitely time. Updates will be posted.