Friday, March 21, 2014

Make Me a Quilt: Christine

 Red Light
Hand dyed cottons, fused, machine quilted. 23x24"

I had to make myself simplify, which stopped me from starting this piece for three days. I kept getting too realistic, and my artier side knew that would be wrong. In this case simple is better. That way the shapes and colors could shine, rather than be fighting with too many details. And knowing that Christine liked the fancy quilting of several pieces of my previous work, I knew I would be focusing more attention on the stitching space.
Then I didn't have any glowing colors fused up, so I spent a some time fusing some half yards that I have been saving 'for something special'. This was just what I needed to use the good stuff.

Then to get the right light for the quilting, I waited to shoot these photos until the sun was on the west side of my studio, and turned off my overheads, so shadows would be cast on the texture of the quilting.  

 This changes the colors of the quilt too. Darkening the greens and purples. What is the real color? Depends on the light it is in.
 I love all the colors in this piece. I think it would 'go' in my new living room. Beige walls and all.


  1. ohhh..I Like this one! I have a hard time with "kiss" (keep it simple silly) But I love the balance of color and line and just everything in this quilt.

  2. Another Stunner!

  3. Gorgeous! I think all the dots give it a touch of whimsy too.

  4. Wow! I am one lucky duck. Thank you!

  5. Anonymous8:42 PM

    I love it!! Julie

  6. That is really really really pretty. It looks like the dots are fused on after the quilting is done?

  7. I really like the simplicity of this one and the stitching.

  8. Color is what draws me to your quilts..... but the quilting on this one is outstanding! Lucky Chrisine.

  9. Judy Morningstar12:28 AM

    This looks like spring! The colours and the lightness of it are so refreshing. A great design!

  10. This is one of my favorites of your pieces! I love the colors and the way the trees stand out against the simple background. The quilting adds wonderful texture and interest! Beautiful.

  11. Judyfromnorthport8:23 AM

    So happy-making...

  12. Sharon9:23 AM

    I love this one. The colors and quilting are just spectacular. Christine is very lucky.

  13. This is so so so beautiful. Enjoy, Christine!

  14. OMG, Melody! This is fabulous! I love the colors, the trees the quilting. And I LOVE what you did with the ground! You and your designs are awesome.

  15. This piece glows. Christine is a lucky lady.

  16. I think virtually everything you make is incredibly beautiful....but THIS? This just may be my favorite piece of all the ones you have posted. It is simply stunning.

  17. Melody, I love this piece. It is, IMHO, in the top two you've made recently. I wish I had the self discipline to Simplify! Thank you for the example and fantastic piece.

  18. This is a gorgeous piece! The clean lines of the trees break up the glowing red perfectly. Love all the quilting on this one.

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