Food for thought

Geometrics are not my strong point.  It's been a challenge for me to take a motif and convert the lines into something pleasing to the eye.  Part of it might have to do with the decision making process.  Trying to visualize what to make of these lines. I agonize far too long over all sorts of sketches.  Why can't I just pick up the fabric and start cutting and sewing?   Without a pattern?  Yikes!  That is the other difficult part for me.  No drawn pattern so that I can get the proportions and scale right.  So I ended up drawing a scale pattern.  And I got it finished.

After all the serious doubts about which way this was going to hang, I went with my first thoughts.  At the suggestion of a friend, I kept revolving it.  As this assignment for my art quilt study group was about asymmetrical balance, I liked the way it felt at this rotation.  It invokes an Asian design to my eye.  It turned out nothing at all like my original sketch.  Yet it was interesting and fun to work through the process to see what it might become. 
room setting with another motif project, the pillow.
can anyone see what the motif is supposed to be?
does it look balanced?
I am going to let it hang this way as I continue to study it and perhaps go back to the original sketch and try another design.  This series stuff could be fun.  And hopefully the next one I will attempt to do without drawing a pattern.  


  1. I love it. How did you do it? Looks great hanging above the mantel. I'll have to check your previous posts and learn about that drawing.

  2. Love the new work!
    We all have different processes to arrive at a similar destination. Don't beat yourself up. Do what you have to while learning new ways - see what will stick with you and what won't. Give your eye time to develop so proportions come without the ruler and pattern. It's all good.
    -Jane (who wishes her process wasn't so excruciatingly slow :)

  3. I love this quilt! It is such a strong design. I see it balanced and agree with you on an Asian flair.
    It looks great above the fireplace.
    It must be crating quite a focal point with those colors and textures.

  4. Totally beautiful. I love the way it at first seems like such a simple design,but the more you stare at it, the more you see all the deatailed pieces! REALLY LOVELY!

  5. Pattern or no pattern, I think it looks fabulous!

  6. I simply love the piece- striking! Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  7. It's beautiful Mary...I love the colours.

  8. Oh...I think it is beautiful and balanced. I adore that POP of color against the white wall.
    Well done!!!

  9. I love everything about it!! You are just so talented. Maybe working in series will take the pressure off. I'm so happy to see your work again! You really inspire me!!


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