Saturday, September 24, 2011

My Challenge Entry: Light and Shade

This post relates to my membership of the International Quilt Challenge. We have our own blog, why not take a look?

My Challenge Piece: 'Shadow and Sunshine'

The first challenge was set by Annabel: she chose Light and Shade. I already have a quilt called sunshine and shadow so I started calling my challenge that out of habit. It’s so connected in my mind, that I really have no option but to call my challenge piece Shadow and Sunshine.

It’s A3 size for those of you who are interested. We have no size restriction, but I feel that I do need a limit and I also like the idea of having like sized pieces at the end of the challenge cycle. That said, I might change my mind at any moment.

I was inspired by the idea that shadows are a degree of absence, not an absence.
I was in several minds regarding the quilting, I thought about detailed quilting for each section, but felt drawn back to the original idea I had had - quilting by straight lines, the direction light travels in. I quilted in tones of grey and yellow to create the light and shadow.
I quilted and basted this piece the day before my trip, after my DD and I had packed and unpacked my suitcase 5 times!! I was already a bit tired, but there was no way I was going to miss the challenge deadline!

I went for charcoal and gold for my binding


And breathed a big sigh of contentment when it was complete. I was really lucky because I had exactly 10 minutes worth of daylight left outside to take a picture in.
I do invite you to see our other member's interpretations of this theme, over at our blog:

7 comments:

  1. It’s a stunning wee art piece. Love the way the shadows dance almost. I could live with this day after day. I would hang it where the light from outside hit it so it would change as the day wore on. Glenda

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  2. It's an amazing piece Esther. Thank you for sharing your processes and hope the holiday was good!

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  3. Beautiful!!! You are such a talented lady.

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  5. I love it. The straight lines definitely highlight the theme.
    I'm off to visit the other participants.

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