Thursday, April 09, 2009

Amazing Grace 2

I have just put the finishing touches on my second Amazing Grace quilt for our youth's auction. Once again, the process was very rewarding for me, but I'm not sure that I am quite as pleased with these results as I was with my first "working" piece.

The fabric for this one is Dupioni silk, which I hand dyed. The doves are made from painted Wonder Under which was then adhered to the silk. If I had it to do over again, I would have put the third dove on the upper right hand side, but I found through trial and error that it isn't easy to adhere the painted WU to fabric that is already quilted, and I had already quilted the upper right corner when I decided to add the doves, soooooooooooo................!
I'm not sure how I feel about the bottom of the quilt being in red (that is an iridescent Shiva Paint Stick). The carpet that runs down the center aisle of Grace is that color and has the gold fleur de lis, so I thought I would incorporate that. I'm sure it will make sense to members of the parish when they see it, but artistically it seems to weight down the piece.

Here are a couple of detail shots:

Once again, it was a lot of fun, but I do think that I like my first one better. I would love to hear any and all thoughts on the always, my shoulders are broad, so don't worry about offending me. Life is a series of lessons, and I'm just a beginner in this quilt art stuff!

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind
don't matter and those who matter don't mind. Dr. Seuss


Joyce said...

I agree. I like the first piece better too. I like the shape and the colors. However, I do also really like this one. I'm sure in person the silk adds a beautiful sheen.

Karoda said...

Hi Judy,
the colour has more depth and movement and makes the piece appear more ethereal compared to the second which seems not to communicate as strong...

Jeannie said...

Hi Judy, I agree with Karoda. This piece doesn't seem "done" and #1 seems to have richer tone and stronger design flow. Perhaps more surface design blending the ground and sky elements and some softening of the grid effect in the rug motif? I don't know what your time line is on this, but maybe just looking at it for a couple of days and it will tell you what it needs. Have a glorious weekend. Cheers.

Sue B said...

I agree with Jeannie that perhaps a softer line between the ground and sky elements may soften the overall look. But really Judy, I think it's a lovely piece the way it is and if it makes you happy then that's all that matters!

Gerrie said...

I had to go back and take a look at # 1. It is in another league. The steeple, though centered in one direction in #1, is not centered in the other direction so that helps with the design. In this one the steeple sitting right there in the smack dab center seems out of place. It doesn't seem connected to the piece as in #1. Each of the elements are lovely, but not cohesive as a piece. You asked!! OOXX!!

Elizabeth said...

First of all I am sure that the pictures do NOT do this piece jsutice!! you cannot capture the lustrous nature of the silk in photos!! I love the colors. I think that it needs some crosspollination . The bootom is very heavy and draws the eye down . It is very much cut in half and if the red was less blocky and some were in the tp sky part , the eye would move around a bit more and not be so drawn to the line that cuts the piece in half. the first piece is my favorite! you ahve to rmemeber that every piece is not going to work- the goal is to learn from everything that we do and go from there. It is al a wonderful adventure!!!
Love Ya!!