Friday, March 15, 2019

Wooded Villa

This week brought a finish to Wooded Villa (except for a label).


In my last post I said I was decidedly unhappy with the quilt, and had resigned myself to outlining the arches and sills with satin stitch to achieve more separation between the villa wall and the forest background.

That was done, and it's an improvement, but I'm still not thrilled, by any means. It may be the best it can be, though, with its inherent drawbacks (too much tonal similarity in the wall fabric and the forest panel, made worse by stippling the wall in a medium-brown instead of a light one). However, lesson learned, and you can be sure I won't make these mistakes again.

If you've hung in here with me this far (thanks!), here are some closeups (click to enlarge):




























A third triple-arched-window quilt is planned, using the upper half of that same Timeless Treasures forest panel. This time the wall fabric will be chosen more carefully.


Have a great weekend!

Linda

7 comments:

  1. I like the subtle differences between the indoor/outdoor choices because in life things are sometimes that way. This piece is a reminder of those types of views. I hope that makes sense or that I have conveyed my thoughts properly.....sigh ;-]

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    1. Rhonda, you sure did, and thank you for giving me a different perspective on this. That's a profound point.

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  2. I am definitely not an artist and have no training whatsoever, but I wonder if you would like it better if there was a little bit of darker shading between the outer arch 'brick' area and the inner part of the arch. Perhaps a fine line of black or charcoal paint just along that line would add something to it? I"m sorry I'm not explaining it very well, but hopefully you get what I mean!

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    1. It's interesting that you suggested this, because I almost darkened the arch lines instead of using a lighter thread. Fortunately I tested the idea on my vinyl overlay by tracing the lines with black dry-erase marker. It immediately became apparent that the dark lines would bring all the attention to the wall and arches, and the forest would visually fade. Since I wanted the forest to be the star of the show (and I'm not sure I pulled that off after all), I had to drop the dark line idea. Thank you for brainstorming on this, I very much appreciate the input!!

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    2. Also meant to say that the dark lines also looked out of place because the light is coming through the arches from the forest, and I was afraid that anymore shading on the inner arches would make them more tonally similar to the wall and to the forest, making my tone problem even worse. I wish there was some way to test these theories in a photo program on the computer (there probably is) before making permanent changes. I need to look into that.

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  3. I think it came out really good. There is a good sense of perspective with the woods seeming to be far away. You may be sick of working on it and are seeing it from a negative point of view. I’ll bet if you put it away and take it out after a month or two you will love it. I love all the little details (kitty on the sill etc.)
    Nice job!

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