The Paint Chip Challenge is what I'm focused on right now. One of us went to the local big box hardware store and nabbed a boat load of paint chip samples. At our monthly soiree, a ceremonial paper bag was passed around and each person pulled 3 chips out. You could toss one chip and reselect - but then you had to live with that choice. I was INCREDIBLY lucky...I got turquoise, aqua, and orange. They have no idea the creature of creativity they unleashed....
|This is the back side of the lobster - he still has the fusible web silicone sheet attached.|
I had to let the ideas and colors simmer for a couple of months and just as I suspected.... the inspiration was found! Some random thing I saw made me think - Orange +Lobster. And then of course, the blues took care of water.
I drew out the lobster on paper (many, many times) and then transferred that onto clear plastic. I picked up an old school projector many years ago (quilting tools come from many sources) so then I projected that onto my wall. I was able to enlarge it to a size I thought I'd like (he's about 36 inches tall).
From there I sewed 1.5 inch strips of orange fabric and recut and resewed. I wound up with gorgeous tiny little squares of scrappy orange fabric to use for my lobster.
After that...I struggled with how to create a background that wouldn't be terribly distracting. Even though I wound up making 4.5 inch HST's, I think it doesn't read too busy. I added the strips of solid to the side and bottom to create a more modern look.
I've only got him pinned on right now but I've got fusible web on the orange so I"ll fuse all of that down next. I think I have my quilting design in my head...but I am a pretty organic quilter so that may all change by the time the needle hits the fabric. Hoping to start quilting in a day or two...
And for the record, how do you pronounce lobster? I'm from the south - so "lob - stir" is how I say it.
Linking up with several fabulous Linky parties - check them all out! Here are some of the quilts in progress I loved this week:
Valentine quilt with no name
Gooseberry Secret Garden
No more bunny ears
Maryse Makes Things