Tuesday, January 19, 2016

#ProjectQuilting Week 2 "Seasons"

 After last challenge of "Confetti", which turned into this and you can see what everyone else did here, I was really looking forward to the reveal of this week's theme. And I was not disappointed! I did a little Season's embroidery awhile back, using Aurifil 12 wt.

 I love the seasons, which is a good thing since I live in a place that has them in abundance. I
m in London, Ontario and we get a full winter (normally, this year has been super weird), spring, summer and my favorite, fall.
I love the change, the colour, the cycle of life aspects and just how each is unique, with its own smells, feel, colour palettes, and memories.

My first instinct was to do a quilt involving falling leaves, I watch how the tree outside my kitchen window changes daily, but last week several used leaves etc to represent confetti so I'm leaving that idea for another time.

 Instead I decided to focus on a less literal depiction and try and use feel and colour to incorporate the cycle of the seasons.

 Since I only have a week and what is in my stash, the ombres were coming out!
Pink for spring blossoms, orange for fall's brillant leaves, green for summer's growth and abundance and aqua for winter's chilly beauty. I made my tree "trunks" blue to represent the vital nature of water to every season and every living thing. .


 I did a commissioned quilt in December and had some of the white leftovers cut up into 2.5" and 2" squares so I decided to go with that to guide my size and other choices and settled on a 12" 8 patch Tree of Life block.

Each block takes 30 half square triangles. Which I could conveniently get out of one 2.5" strip of fabric, cutting it into 15 2.5" squares.
 I did each block individually rather then chain piece the entire lot. There was no way I was going to keep everything in order any other way.

 And just to be fun I switched up winter so that the background and colour were reversed to represent the snow and blinding blue sky winter likes to serve up.

 I couldn't wait to get this quilted so on the frame it went and I quilted it with Aurifil 50 wt 2311 for the background and 1148 for the aqua and 2780 for the blue. I did peels around the hsts and some very large pebbling (stones?) around the trunks with the trunks themselves getting a wave.




The name?....uh.... Cycle of Colours? Any ideas? Anyone?

Another big thank you to Kim at Persimon Dreams for doing Project Quilting!!
What is your favorite season?

12 comments:

Mel said...

Love your use of ombres to create a dynamic design...fantastic!!

Ariane said...

Your quilt is gorgeous!!!

Unknown said...

Absolutely beautiful! Great use of colors. Congrats on a unique design.

Karen said...

OMG! I LOVE IT!!!!

Barb said...

Oh wow.....

Carla said...

I love what you did to the winter block. It adds such interest. This is a beautiful quilt.

Laney said...

I love this modern, less literal interpretation! Beautiful quilt and I love how you changed it up for the winter block. :)

Deonn said...

Really like your use of the ombres! Cool quilt!

Janet Hartje said...

Beautiful colors and design. Thanks for sharing all your talent!

Pamela Walker said...

Beautiful interpretation of the seasons!

Pamela Walker said...

Beautiful interpretation of the seasons!

Kitty Pearl said...

OMG I luv luv luv the center blue square! Call it Persephone's Quilt