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.


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!