Monday, May 30, 2011

More cutting things up

When I cut up the little piece the other day, I said I had a bigger piece in mind to cut into soon and I did it. This was from about the same period as the small piece and also architectural. I remember being very excited about my idea of domes and spires.

I wonder, now, what I was thinking. It is a little embarrassing to show this.Those odd little domes, plunked so unceremoniously on the striped ground. Allllll that speckly purple sky. It never worked, but it took me awhile to understand while I was still enthralled with my idea. I find this happens to me. Does it happen to you? I get so excited about some new idea that I am temporarily blind to the reality of whether or not it is actually working.

I think the fact that it never seemed like something I wanted to show or even try to sell was my own instinct two steps ahead of my literal, conscious mind. So, take a last look. It is no more.

I cut out four six-inch squares. Each, I think, is vastly better than the original. (click to see larger)

Jackie asked if the tiny pieces I cut from the smaller quilt were cut into four equal sized pieces with no waste. They were equal sized pieces, but there was waste. Same with these. I liked the idea of cutting equal sized pieces, though they wouldn't have to be, but I had to move my frame around quite a lot to find good compositions. With this second cutting I ended up with a lot of waste, including most of the purple sky. I may use that for a small project I have in mind.

18 comments:

  1. Just going to get my scissors, be back in a minute!!

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  2. This is such an amazing transformation! As was your previous one. Great save on a piece you were not thrilled about before.

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  3. These four illustrate your excellent sense of composition, as did the last four. They are just wonderful individually, and especially as a group. I tmakes me wish I had something to cut up, but since my papers are often attached to wood, I would need a big saw...

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  4. Wonderful! I love the approach.

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  5. Amazing how the parts of the domes and shapes say more than the original picture as a whole. I love the composition in your new piece. It has much more energy, don't you think? (and I note the spicy colors...)

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  6. I especially like the one on the top left. This is a wonderful exercise.

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  7. How interesting! And how brave of you to cut a finished piece apart to get these little gems. I have always admired your edge treatments!
    Martha Ginn

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  8. what a difference it makes making them smaller! I have a lap size quilt that i've never liked. Maybe it's time to cut it up and do something different.

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  9. There must be something wrong with me as I also love the original one before the cutting. I also like the outcome of the cutting. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". Maybe I should retrieve the quilt tops that I was going to donate and cut them up. Hummmmm!!!!!

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  10. Great transformation! I love the smaller pieces. I'm never afraid to take my rotary cutter to quilt tops that don't work, so I enjoy seeing what others do with the less-than-fulfilling pieces.

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  11. WOW...that made so much difference. I am going to have to look thru some of my older pieces and give this a try.

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  12. I learned this in a class from Gabrielle Swain a hand quilter. I never had the nerve, but now... I can hardly wait.Thanks for the inspiration.

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  13. I would be so reluctant to do this but the end result is WOW! Thank you for showing us possibilities.

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  14. Wow, what a successful experiment. Hhmm, in this case, the parts ARE greater than the whole.
    Glad I checked in on QuiltArt.
    Thanks for sharing this and remembering to take a photo before cutting.

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  15. I liked it before you cut it up, after you cut it up . . . I liked it even more!!!!
    Nancy B.

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  16. Excellent idea! And yes, I sometimes fall in love with an idea only to discover that it was only the germ of an idea and I needed to develop it.

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  17. What Nancy B said - great before, even better after! What terrific presents they would make! Thanks for sharing!

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