Joyspotting on the Road: Don’t Forget to Look Up! 🎡

One morning last autumn, I woke up early in downtown Cincinnati and headed out in search of my almond milk flat white. Looking up and down the street for the nearest barista, I noticed the most unexpected sight: a Ferris wheel hovering over the office buildings. Not quite a UFO but pretty much the last thing I expected to see 😉! Of course I had to investigate…

Wow. So I hadn’t been seeing things ;)….ok, caffeine in hand and back to the hotel and to meetings.

On my flight home, I played with the image using my neon filter:

…and filed it away in my enormous must-make-into-a-quilt album on my phone.

Months passed…then art staycation time came and I was able to play:

Oooh! Windham’s Bedrock blender fabrics, already MistyFused, are frequently my “paintbox” of choice – incredible range of colors and just enough light/dark variation to add visual interest: 

Adding my fave thread box…and Tsukineko markers (knowing I would certainly use the midnight blue one)…I got to work.

First, I blocked out the background…creating a merry mess of scraps. MistyFuse tip: if you keep a bunch of fused scraps, press them to your Goddess sheet to smooth them before cutting your shapes:

I love blending the areas with many shades of thread:

And once the background is done, I sketched in the spokes (easy!) and arcs (oh so NOT EASY…) with midnight blue ink as a guide for heavyweight 12wt thread:

A fast fun fabric interpretation of a most unexpected “joyspotting”…which may well inspire a larger piece in the future. And for anyone who is curious…good news, the SkyStar wheel will now be a permanent part of the Cincinnati skyline – definitely a joyful bit of news for its residents ;).

If you are not familiar with the term “joyspotting,” then you simply must read Ingrid Fetell Lee’s book, Joyful!

Published by neonkittyquilts

Laurie is a fiber artist who combines her passion for animals and quilting by producing pet portraits though a technique she calls "Pet-lique." A frequent teacher at IQF's Open Studios and The City Quilter in NYC, she has been published in Quilting Arts magazine and The Canadian Quilter. Her art quilts have been juried into special exhibits in Houston and the National Juried Show of the CQA. She sits on the board of the Quilt Alliance and is an enthusiastic member of SAQA. Laurie lives in NYC and Connecticut with her husband, their two angelic German Shepherds and three mischievous felines.

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