I knew I wanted to use the indigo fabrics I dyed earlier this summer- so, I started by laying them out and deciding which I would use.
This gave me an idea of how they played together. I looked at them in my studio for a few weeks, and finally started making some rough sketches- not something I do with every quilt. My sketchbook is not a work of beauty like Vicki's!!
I looked at those for awhile, but none really resonated. So I sketched some more, after realizing that these had too many smaller parts- I wanted more negative space. So, this is where I ended up.
The bottom sketch is the one I finally chose. Then, to the fabric!
I thought this would be an easy piecing job, until I realized that piecing would destroy the lines of the shibori fabric. So, I inset the pieces, using a modification of Sharon Schamber's Piecelique technique. It works better on curves, but I managed. The corners are a bit of a challenge.
Here it is with all the insets done- I can see that I will have to do some tweaking on the top portion to have those insets line up.
This is as far as I got this weekend. As I look at it, I'm thinking I need a pop of color somewhere. Red? Lime green? Yellow? I will have to think about that. Maybe a skinny line between the body and the left side border?
That decision will require further conversation between me and the fabric. and probably some auditioning on the design wall- stay posted!