Monday, January 11, 2010

Playing with Fabric

I have been playing with different ideas of adding some fussy cut flowers to the fan block I am working on. I pulled out this oriental print that I have had in my stash for a few years. I just love the graphic flowers. I think it is a Kaufman fabric, but I could be wrong.

I started with cutting out some groupings of the flowers.

I have another oriental fabric that had a cloud type graphic that I thought I would try to recreate with a subtle print black fabric. I think the corners are too black but I like the cloud effect.


Next was to audition some fabrics for the center. I use this shade of golden yellow quite a bit in my quilts. I should be on the look out for more as I am nearly out of this print.


The yellow didn't do it for me, so I went to blue. This is a very dark navy batik, but it made the whole block feel too much the same tone. The graphic of the flowers felt a little lost.





I tried a lighter blue batik and it worked a bit better for the center.


Now to fix the corners with the fans. I fussy cut some more of the floral fabric and thought it did the trick for the corner.


The block is needle punched together and ready for some embellishment.

4 comments:

Debra said...

Isn't this very clever! So instead of sewing everything done, you needlepunched it? 2nd point of cleverness!

Hideko Ishida 石田英子 said...

I love this beautiful block so much? Why would you post the photo on the CQI January Challenge album? The challenge of this month is fans and curved piecing.

ArtGirl/California/United States said...

oh wow i love it with the blue. it is very interesting!!

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

Hi Amy! It was fascinating to follow along with your fabric additions - thank you for sharing your thought process with us! I think those last flowers you added to the black were a stroke of genius - perfect!
Hugs,
Kerry