Before I show the completed project, let me tell you what our challenge was for this quarter.
Each year we choose a theme on which our quilt creations will focus. Then each quarter there is a sub-theme chosen by one of the members. This year the main theme was Light/Illumination. Elizabeth chose "Stained Glass Shadows" as this quarter's sub-theme.
She said that the opposite of light can be shadow and not always total darkness. Transparency, overlay, jewel tones, pattern were some of the ways this concept could be executed.
With that introduction, here is my piece called, "Stained Glass Shadows."
It took me time getting started. I had the stained glass window idea in my mind two months ago and used Electric Quilt to draw the paper piecing pattern. I knew I wanted to use the batiks I had in my stash for the light and shadow pieces. I had a variety of grays, so that represented the stone or concrete of the window and the floor with the shadows.
I like how it turned out. One thing I wish I had done was to have included the bottom portion of the piece in EQ so all the seams and lines would have lined up better. The quilting would have been easier (a few lines are crooked).
As to the quilting, I used straight lines because I wanted to use the multi-colored Guttermann metallic to put a bit of sparkle in the quilt. I know from experience that some metallics break when free motion quilting curves. In the shadows of a room, the quilting makes the triangles look much more like they are filtered light coming from the stained glass window.
I may add more quilting to follow the diagonal lines of the triangles at a later date. But I am happy to have finished on time.
Be sure to check out the other members of the Four-in-Art group and see what they revealed today.
Nancy (That's me, you are here!)
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