Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Working in a Series

I run the Waverley Art Quilters group and this year we have decided to Work in a Series. Some of the members were about apprehensive about it, so we are taking it very slowly and being very lenient with the rules, not there are any rules anyway. Let's face it, we can do what we want with our own work!

We were to pick work that we have done in the last two years and make another work inspired by it.
I chose my Marimekko piece from 2018. You can see my blog post about it here. It was interesting for me to go back and read why I liked it.

Marimekko 2018 by Linda Steele
Now, two years later, I didn't like it as much! I felt I could definitely improve it.

Instead of having assorted black and white rectangles as the background, I cut strips of fabrics and laid them out as stripes.

I liked that but decided to centre the lighter stripes and put the darker ones on the edges.

I then cut out a lot of circles but was enjoying myself so much I forgot to take any more progress photos. I decided that I wanted to add some more colours.

Here is the top finished.

The circles are only fused in the above photo, I will put some stitching on the edges of the circles. I really love it though. It is further removed from the original Marimekko design, but that is one of the advantages of working in a series, you can explore other ideas and hopefully improve or come up with a new exciting design.

I have been in the Art Quilters group for over 12 years and so have so many small quilts that it is getting hard to store them. I have decided not to quilt my work this year, I will just leave them as tops and quilt them later if I need to. Tops would not take up as much space a quilt.

I wonder what I will do for the next piece in the series? I really enjoyed doing this, I hope the others in the group liked it too.

Bye for now,


Magpie's Mumblings said...

Great fun to see the continuation (evolution!) of your original design. I'm not sure which one I like better. I love the first one because there's so much blue (my favourite colour) but then I saw the second and love how colourful it is. Good thing there's not a contest that forces me to decide!

Linda Steele said...

Thanks for your kind comments, I think that I could work with circle designs all year. It will be really interesting to see how they look at the end of the year!