If you’ve been following my blog you may recall that I’m taking a more drifting approach to creating this year, less planning and more dependence on guidance than a predetermined destination.
I’ve had my first full experience with this approach. So I’ll show you how it came about, it may surprise you as much as it did me!
I’m a sewist, so it’s not so surprising that I choose to sew often. That’s exactly what happened one day a few weeks ago. I felt like sewing, I had a nice bundle of fabrics with metallic threads that made them appear shiny, and I just wanted to sew. So I decided to cut curved lines and create the piece you see below. In the end, I added the bluegreen polyester fabric at the top just to have some color. I placed this piece on my design board and black wool happened to be hanging out there also so they butted up against each other and this is what I saw. I then free motion quilted various sized circles onto the fabrics with colored thread. Here’s how it looked at that point.
I loved it! I thought landscape. I thought night sky. The piece hung out there for three or four days while I thought about what to do next. At some point I felt the impulse to hand felt
wool colored circles into the black wool space. REALLY? I didn’t really like this idea, but it would not go away. So, overcoming my impulse to reject this idea, I decided to felt those
wool circles, and now the art piece looked like this.
I felt it was fine but I was really stumped now. What do I have here? Where is it going? What ARE they? I had no answers. The piece now hung on the design board for what seemed like days. Everyday when I went into my studio there it was, needling me. I honestly did not know what could come of this design. So I waited for some impulse or direction from my inner voice.
Quite unexpectedly, while I was browsing on my tablet, I became aware of a clear statement that said “Catch a Falling Moon”. I turned to look at my art quilt on the design board and
recognized that would be the title. I thought about it a while aand decided I needed to have hands to catch a falling moon. I tried out a few pairs of hands I printed on paper to play with the idea. I soon decided that I needed my own hands! I asked my husband to take a photo of my hands in a catching pose, then took the photo into an app I had to create the right look for my hands. Here’s a photo of those hands, before they were altered in the app.
Now I was excited to complete the piece! I knew I’d need a falling moon too, so now I was busily working on these elements for this art quilt, and tomorrow, I’ll show you the final piece!