Monday, January 5, 2015

From the Inside Out

  I began this watercolor in September of last year.  The design is a little more graphic than I usually work with, and it is just starting to take shape here.
   My inspiration was a few lines of a  song heard at church.  I immediately saw the darkest parts of the heart being touched by light and turned into something of beauty.  So I needed a very  dark area to begin and allow it turn into a beautiful border area to surround the center.

 I worked from the center outward, which is seldom how I work.  Usually, I begin with the light area and that is rarely placed in the exact center.  Then I will establish a dark edge and merge the two values.  Creating the opposing corners on this one was different and a little more of a challenge for me.  That is why this one has been hanging around on the design wall for a while.  Yet a new year looming was a good reason to commit to it and get it done.



   It is quilted in the center with larger swirls and then large meandering in the border.   Those seam intersections are quite thick, so I really try to avoid them if possible.

  From the Inside Out
34 inches by 34 inches

First finish for 2015, first floral, too!  Let the new projects start.  Happy stitching.

8 comments:

  1. I absolutely love your beautiful quilt. You worked some real magic. Look forward to whatever you have next to share.

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  2. I love the bold contrast. I gotta put a color wash on my bucket list. Only thing is, I have very few florals. Oh well, there are just some quilts you can't make. I'll enjoy yours.
    Hugs

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  3. Beautiful - you must have an amazing selection of small florals, just delightful.

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  4. I think it's a good sign that your first finish is a floral, seems right to me.

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  5. Good morning Debbie....I love this quilt, but then I love all your quilts. This one though, is different, and the thin blue border really sets it off. I've never tried a small quilt, but may just do that, when I make my first colorwash, so I don't get in over my head. Thank you so much for sharing with us. We are in a deep freeze and I won't be going out till it breaks. Wind chills 25 to 35 below zero is not the type of weather for us old farts! lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

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  6. such a beautiful quilt..I love your colour wash style.

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  7. Oh my, that is just beautiful. You are such an expert on watercolor quilts. That little blue border within the quilt highlights the small bits of blue in the inside just magnificently.

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  8. Lovely quilt. Love the story behind it.

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