Monday, June 17, 2013

Can this quilt be saved?

I was so totally caught up in the process that I did not see how busy this quilt was.  As you can imagine, just by looking, I have spent a LOT of time on this little project.  Unfortunately, this is not even my first try.  When I decided I wanted to make the background out of fabric that only appeared once, I think I lost my focus on really looking at what the fabric was doing.

NOW, I am wondering IF I can save it by quilting the mostly white areas in white and the mostly black areas in black?

Any and all suggestions greatly appreciated.

Busy busy art quilt
18" x 30"
 
 

11 comments:

yarngoddess said...

I would love to cut up that background! LOL ... into crosswise strips that could be used as dividers between color blocks in another art quilt. Turning them every which way. It would water down the busy-ness.

Helen from Hobart said...

Nothing wrong with it except there is too much of the background.
Why not block off a few inches of the top and see if it looks better ?

francyne said...

I quite like it. I don't see what the problem is.

Kathy said...

Try sticking with just one color for the quilting--black, in my opinion. It will connect all the busyness with the black framing the pictures. Yes, it's a busy piece but so very interesting. It won't be a 'save' but just enhancement to finish!

Unknown said...

So glad to see you back blogging. I sent an email to see if you were OK.
I really like the quilt. I agree with Helen from Hobart. Otherwise an interesting quilt and a keeper. A lot of work went into it and if you cut off the top you could use that in something else. I am sure that you will find a use for the leftovers.

Cathy Perlmutter said...

I like it a lot, and I agree with what Helen said above - cut a couple of inches off the top. Would you consider quilting it in invisible thread? That's my go-to when my quilts are too busy!
Great piece, thanks for sharing!
Cathy

Lyn Jackson said...

I agree with the cropping idea. Use two pieces of cardboard to move around the picture or your favorite image viewer. Colors are great, but the balance seems off.

Nina Marie said...

ohhh I cut it up and add some quiet spots - also add an nice bright accent color to help move the eye - it really isn't too far from being right - just needs a place to rest your eye!

California Fiber artist and composer said...

I would slice and dice the background and intersperce it with a medium to dark fabric. I think that the quilting will not be enough to distract.

Alison Schwabe said...

I think this is two quilts. You could incorporate segments of strips, cut across the lines, in framing - bordering and possibly some irregular sashing, if you want more help email me privately.

Barbarba Douglas said...

I find it appealing as is... That said, if you want the focus to be on the photos, the 'border' needs to change but replace the photos with something of similar scale and design for a similar effect then replace borders on your photo piece. But as a 'piece of art', the 'whole' attracts me. My eye is then drawn to the corner to see what is going on with the photos. I don't agree with chopping off the top; it will become more symmetrically framed lose it's edginess.