Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Dorky? but DONE

Our Ardis Wannabe word was HOUSE. A SNAIL carries her house, a multi-colored creation. My project is DONE (with the exception of binding). Quilt Guild is in a few days, so I had to really hurry last night and finish it. (Now I can get back to my Mystery Quilt in process.)

Part of this project I LOVE, most of it I don't, but as we're learning - it's a JOURNEY! This is a lot harder than I thought! Just WANTING to be artistic, does not mean you automatically ARE artistic! It takes WORK, plus determination, plus trying, trying, trying again.
It deserves a B- for execution.
Maybe a B for originality.
Overall ??? a C+.
But an A for effort! 8-))
I LOVE the background of the muted Snails Trail blocks - that deserves an A.
I discovered it's impossible (I think) to paperpiece a spiral.
I learned to use lower contrast in the Snail's Shell - in my opinion, that is the most wrong, but I HAD to get it DONE.
The 'slime' thread is lovely - I'll use it for something else.
The leaves and branches were a good idea to kinda balance things.
Her body is barely discernable from the background but ... isn't that the way a snail is?
The grass in the foreground hopefully gave it depth.

LOL - my first effort at the shell turned into a plump, free standing pillow, with a big hole in the center!!! LOL - even DH was trying hard to think of something pleasant to say about it! It's in the trash!

Wonder what the next WORD will be! Since it was ME and a friend who came up with this Guild challenge, we HAVE to produce SOMETHING.

16 comments:

Vicki W said...

I think it's a very clever interpretation of the theme! It's fun to have such challenging projects to stretch our skills - whether artistic or technical.

LC said...

Years ago I was in a writers group that gave a word like this, and we had to come back the next month with something (poem, short story, essay, etc.) using that word as a theme or major part of the piece. I'd never thought of it for quilts. Great idea. And I like your snail piece. May it be the beginning of many artistic pieces!

YankeeQuilter said...

I really like this block...the variation in fabrics in the snail shell is very interesting. We are always our own worst critic...

jovaliquilts said...

I'm glad I never took a class from you, you're too hard a grader!! It's lovely, and I agree with you that one of the best parts is the muted snail's trail background.

Owens Family Adventures said...

I don't think it's dorky at all!!! It's really cute! I always love all of your stuff. :)
dawn

Shari said...

I really like your snail block and the clever interpretation of the theme. The others will love it!

quiltmom said...

Elaine,
I think it is lovely and subtle- the snail's trail is tricky and yours works very well to give a grass like feel-
You are being unduly harsh on yourself- I will give it much better grades..
Thanks for sharing your intrepretation-
Regards,
Anna

The Calico Quilter said...

You are way too hard on yourself. It is beautifully subtle. I love the colors. And the execution, especially of that snail shell, is great. Pat yourself on the back.

Julianne said...

I love your block i give it a A +

mamaspark said...

I just love it! I especially love the snail trail block and the snail on top. Very clever!

Julie in the Barn said...

Dorky?? I think not. Clever. Well crafted. Great choice of colors. A solid A on my grading scale.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Very very clever Elaine! I would expect nothing less from you. I give it a solid A.

Quilts And Pieces said...

I think it is wonderful! I love the snail! I am NOT artistic at all!

julieQ said...

I think the word is darling! Not dorky...very nice interpretation of the theme.

Tanya said...

Fantastic!!! And what a lot of work!!

Nellie's Needles said...

I think you have a good "start" for a very satisfactory original art piece. It's composed "on point" which will be a challenge for displaying it in any venue. Adding corners will give you the opportunity to repeat the elements that you see as having too much contrast and not quite fitting in right now. Also, it will be easier to hang or work into another project when it's a squared or rectangular format.