Four-in-Art Reveal!

I am happy to reveal, today, my finished challenge piece for the Four-in-Art group. For those of you who read my last blog, any good vibes you sent helped. Thank you.

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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Patchwork and Play said...

What a delightful interpretation of the theme Nancy! I love the contrast between the colours and shapes in each half! Congratulations... I call that a success!

Needled Mom said...

Great job. I like how it fades away.

OPQuilt said...

Nancy--this takes my breath away! I'm totally in love with this piece of yours, loving how it so perfectly interprets the idea of stained glass shadows with their prismatic shape and color. So beautiful--you really made a perfect quilt. I hope you feel really happy about this, because it is wonderful!

Claire said...

I like the movement from round to square, from bright to mostly light--but then the dark triangles for the spots where there is no light.

Catherine said...

This really is wonderful. The batiks have given your stained glass just the right quality and I love the sense that the triangles are the scattered light from the beautiful window.

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Rachel said...

This is beautiful! It just glows on the screen with all the bright colors. Great designing skills with EQ. Such a great piece!

Betty said...

Nancy, what a fun interpretation - and there is so much work in it!! The colors are ones I could look at daily and I especially love the paper piecing you incorporated. Good job!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

I LOVE this quilt. Both the window and the shadows are very beautiful and greys set them off wonderfully. The overall effect is just perfect :)

Quiltalicious said...

Sorry it took me so long to be able to write a comment. I wanted you to know that your quilt is beautiful! I love how you incorporated the radiating colors into your design. That's fabulous that you could also learn how to use EQ. Can't wait to see what you come up with for Illumination.

Val's Quilting Studio said...

Nancy you colors dance so perfectly together! I love it!!

Val's Quilting Studio said...

Love thyis bright YELLOW sun!!! Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Archives. :)