April and early May were BUSY! I finished my two college art classes, took a 6 week (one morning a week) watercolor class with my mom at a community art center, completed 24 hours of Continuing Legal Education classes, took over newsletter duties for one of my quilt guilds, and co-hosted a wonderful 90th birthday luncheon for my mom! Whew! No wonder I haven't been quilting or blogging!
May 1 arrived, and it was time for the Quilt Expo Modern Mini Challenge (link to web site). I have entered twice before, with "Off the Rails" last year and "Stepping Stones" in 2017. I enjoy this challenge, but couldn't begin to work on my submission until May 8!
I did have an idea in my head for my piece. The art of German Expressionist painter Wassily Kandinsky fascinates me and his Color Study piece inspired me. I wanted to work in solids, and use the Kona color of the year, Splash, as a part of this piece. I decided to forego white or black, and tried to pick a limited and saturated color palette that had some contrast created by using warm and cool tones, and dark and light tones. I wanted the colors to zing!
I also wanted to experiment with free cutting (no templates) and piecing circles. I continue to be inspired by Maria Shell's work. I attempted a piece last year, but wasn't entirely pleased with the end product. The curves weren't as curvy as I had intended and I also wasn't entirely happy with the composition of the final piece.
|I called this Hey, Wassily.|
I started with a few test pieces to see how much work and fabric was required to make these blocks.
I had picked 8 colors for the circles, and pieced them one layer at a time, trying to keep the center and finished shapes generally the same size. I was enjoying the variety and the wonkiness of the shapes!
Since I was on a tight timeline, I made lots of decisions as I was going along. I started with circles of just 2 colors. I was also undecided about the background, which was between white or Kona's "Splash", a turquoise shade that is the color of the year.
I put the two color circles on my design board.
I looked at this for a day, and decided to use "Splash" for the background of all the blocks, and to add another ring of color to each circle.
I pieced the background around the circles, and used a square ruler to cut each block 8 1/2 inches square.
I considered binding the piece in a black and white stripe, and also considered facing the piece. I ended up binding in the turquoise, to to keep the focus on the colored circles.
I am quite happy with this piece, which measures 24 inches square. I am glad I finished it in time to enter it into the contest. There are loads of really interesting and beautiful modern quilts entered this year. Please check them all out! You can find all the entries in a photo album on the Quilt Expo Facebook page here.
Submissions can be added through May 21, and winners are announced the following week.
Here is a photo of the back of the piece, where you can see all the quilting against the white backing.