Saturday, June 30, 2012

Done, sort of...

The fabric choices are all done and pinned to the wall.  They've been stared at and thought about and slept on and I don't see any changes I want to make.

Since I piece my quilts together, this is the time to take care of any doubts about a fabric choice before I start sewing.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Getting there

I'm really happy with the way the foliage is turning out - the yellow greens of the main tree stand out nicely.

Now for the trickiest part.  The background is a bit undecided with me.  I have a few ideas but I neede to wait and see what the trees looked like before I could commit the rest of the fabrics.  At this point I will be auditioning them one at a time and very carefully seeing how they affect the balance of the whole.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Decision time

The pattern is on my design wall and I'm making my fabric choices.  Starting with the easy decisions, I've pinned up the tree trunks and have started on the background foliage.  I want the leaves on the background trees to be a darker green so the lighter colors of the focus tree will really pop.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Getting it down on paper

A vertical piece or a horizontal?  Maybe a forest but I like the idea of one larger, main tree to be the focal point.  And, if that's the case, what shape best suits that purpose?

I'm sketching around trying to decide those questions with very small (5" x 7") and very rough (as you can see) sketches. 

I'm also trying to decide where to place the lights and darks and how and where I might use those fabrics I pulled out earlier.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Thinking about a new piece

Sometimes I feel the need to work with bright, intense color and bold patterns.  I found this great, large scale fabric at the bottom of the picture that suggests a forest background to me.

Even better, the circle-patterned fabric at the lower right seems to fit right in this color scheme I've been pulling.  I always enjoy including circles and dots into a piece.

Off to sketch a few ideas down now that I've got the key fabrics chosen.