I've been wanting a more complex, longer term project than the baby quilts I've been churning out lately. I've been looking at Jen Kingwell's and Freddy Moran's work. Perhaps with those inspirations I can come up with something.
To that end I made a test block. Steam Punk / Airship Propeller blocks were the inspiration; my own templates printed from EQ.
I'm not thrilled with it and I think I'll explore other possibilities before I commit to something like this.
What I like:
- The fabrics individually
- The curves.
- The concept of striped sashing, although I'd need to see it used with multiple blocks. Maybe it's too overwhelming.
What I don't like:
- The proportions. There's too much background. My templates were supposed to yield a 14" block but it came out undersized so I trimmed it down to finish at 13". Maybe if I had trimmed it down to finish at 12" there would be less background and I'd like the proportions better.
- Maybe it needs to be set on point or redesigned so the big X is diagonal.
- Or, maybe the big X is too prominent and I need to make the propeller shapes the dominant colors.
- Something about this block just doesn't work. What do you think? Critiques and comments welcome.
- Some of Jen Kingwell's palettes are generally light-medium value and overall low contrast, with a lot of black and white prints that read grey scattered throughout. Her prints are generally smaller in scale. Where she uses solid black and white, it's in small pieced areas.
- Freddy Moran's work is loud and bright, with lots of large dots and vivid colors, always a lot of red; black and white used boldly.
- Combining these two styles just doesn't work.
- While I admire the work of Jen Kingwell and Freddy Moran, I need to stick to my own style.
- I need to order commercial templates if I ever want to make a Steam Punk quilt.