Thursday, February 11, 2010

Feather Play II


In an effort to stick to those pesky New Year’s resolutions I made, I decided to try thinking outside the box again.  I didn’t go too far outside this time – just a little experimentation with color.  I had purchased this fabric a while ago; fashion experts would probably call this shade Soft Taupe or Wild Mushroom – I just know that it isn’t represented by one of the letters in ROY G BIV, and that it intrigued me.
I modified one of the designs from Mary Nordeng’s book, “Extreme Makeover: Feather Edition,” and once again filled the feathers with different micro-stippling patterns.  I played with the thread colors, using 40-weight rayons in a gradation of blues and purples.
When I had finished, the piece looked like it needed a frame, so I took it to my local cross-stitch shop, where the owner, Cathy, does an outstanding job of matting and framing all types of needlework.
The piece is now hanging in our hallway, but it’s headed out to a show very soon.  I must admit that I was not as comfortable playing with colors that are not in my usual palette, but I learned from the doing, and that was good for me.  And I do have more of this fabric . . .

Diane

12 comments:

Marilyn Rock said...

This is lovely! It will get much attention at your show!

Quilt Rat said...

OUTSTANDING!!!! I absolutely love this Feather Play series addition.

Now if you used same thread top and bobbin with a dark fabric on the back could you do some reversible pieces????

Jackie said...

Diane, It is just beautiful! A wonderful way to showcase various quilting designs. Your work is impeccable!

imquilternity said...

It's lovely Diane. It's one of those pieces that forces you to stand quietly and examine every inch of it. I'll bet it's really quite gorgeous close up and in person! Good for you for being brave enough to step outside your comfort zone.

Tracey said...

This is beautiful work Diane. How did you get your circles so circular? Do you pre-mark?

Deborah said...

Beautiful stitching!

tangled stitch said...

It's great Diane and I love it framed. Of course I am not as good with a quilt as you are but once you do frames it kind of makes it hard to go any other way. Where is the show?

moosestashquilting said...

wow-wee!!! That looks spectacular. You do such a great job with feathers. You should be very proud of your accomplishments. I know I look forward to seeing them!

katquilter said...

OMG. It is a miracle that I came across your blog today! I just discovered Zentangles, and was thinking about how that could be converted to quilting, and voila! Here you are!

Elisa said...

Your website is amazing . . . and entertaining (love the humor). I hadn't seen the Autumn in New York till today - it is definitely one of my favorites! Looking forward to breakfast on Saturday. By the way, I passed your name on to Gallery 103 in Chester, Vermont. She was quite interested - said she thinks she might have seen you at a show. Her name is Elise. I think she needs to include some quilts in her shop and website!!
Check hers out www.gallery103.com.
Elisa

belinda said...

Wow....I am so impressed that you can do this....it's lovely!!

Katie said...

Your work is beautiful!
I feel very inspired now!
I'm a new follower of your blog.
Thank you!

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