Another On-the-Road Fabric Sketch

Remember what I wrote in an earlier post: don’t forget to look up? There is always magic to be found in the ordinary! πŸ§šβ€β™‚οΈ

So, another day, another chain motel during a business trip. But…a high ceiling caught my eye, then a light fixture which completely charmed me for some reason:

The interplay of ovals and sharp angles is simply wonderful. Using my favorite photo filter, I played with exposure to see which neon version was most pleasing.

Settling on the first, I printed the image and set to work. Having a stack of pre-MistyFused fabric is a must: if time is short, simply start cutting, fusing and stitching.

For the ovals, I printed out line drawing versions of the image to save ink, cut out and traced with fabric ink matching the thread I planned to use. Ovals are too difficult for me to draw free-hand and this image was, for me, all about the curving and straight lines.

I used 50wt Aurifil for the background, then switched to 12wt for the red/blue stitching to make the ovals pop:

After I finished the piece, it struck me as way too yellow πŸ˜³πŸ•Ά, so I sketched in a little green ink. A tiny yet high impact mini quilt and very possibly inspiration for a much larger one after my current (big) project is done!

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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