Photo shoots always work better with a prop.
I finished this 'improv' quilt today and I was looking around for a prop to use in the photo to help give the quilt some perspective when Tom the dog and his bright orange collar laid down in the perfect spot.
|Teresa Duryea Wong. "Dragonflies, Flowers and a Spot of Orange" 42 x 48 inches. |
Cotton Yukata prints, Oakshott, wool. Machine quilted. 2015.
Read more about these interesting cottons on my previous blog post.
The other fabrics are shimmering Oakshott cotton and I think they set these prints off nicely.
Everything is 'improv' - meaning no pattern, no rulers, just cut and sew. The wonky lines and off-kilter edges are what give this small quilt its own personality.
The flower print has a taupe pallette, yet there is one beautiful orange leaf that just pops out, so that inspired me to add just a touch of bright orange wool to the overall design.
Orange is such a compelling color.
Working in the improv style takes a certain amount of fortitude!
Like, when you get to the edge and the blocks don't line up - don't cut them! Just go with it... these are some of my favorite parts.
I had one of those spelling crisis moments (you know, when your mind tricks you... is it dragonflys or dragonflies? Dragonflies is correct, btw).
|I bought this dragonfly from a sidewalk artist in Kyoto. It balances on your finger! So cool.|
I could not resist... made of wood, hand painted.
So when I looked this word up today, I learned that (according to dictionary.com) in the Northern and Western US, another name for dragonfly is darning needle, devil's darning needle or sewing needle. Hmmm... I have never heard this. Have you? Fascinating...
|Thanks to Tom the Dog. You and your orange collar make the perfect model!|