I'm in the middle of working on two large art quilts right now, "Regret," which I've posted about before, and another that I started recently, a self-portrait made with words. These pieces are challenging to work on, and I like to have something easier that I can turn to when I need a break. This post and the next are about two such projects.
This first project I intended as a table-runner, but I decided I liked it enough that I wanted to see it more frequently, so it is now hanging on my bedroom door. This piece is a follow-up to the work I did in an improv quilting class I took with Sherri Wood at QuiltCon in February; that work is described here. Below is a photo that shows one of the pieces that from the workshop next to the larger hanging that I recently finished. I discovered that it was more challenging to work on the larger scale--each gesture is bigger and so has more consequence. The small piece was done quickly, working intuitively. When I scaled it up, the work was slower, and involved more self-conscious planning.
Except for the bit of rusty red in the upper left corner. I had intended the side pieces to be entirely shades of green, but I miscalculated and one side was too short. I could have pieced in more green, but decided to try other colors as well. Turns out the red piece really livens it up!
A detail of the quilting--I think the loose grid worked out nicely.