Week in Review 2020 – 12/04

Sunrise Distraction
View from our second floor window overlooking the sunrise I witnessed, just before sitting down to write today's post.
View from our second floor window overlooking the sunrise I witnessed, just before sitting down to write today’s post.

Isn’t this a lovely image? We are so blessed to witness a new sunrise most mornings without even leaving home. I took this photo today. Those twinkling lights come from neighbors to our south. I find outdoor views a constant source of palette inspiration. Even in this less than perfect photo you can see a range of cool and warm blues, aquas, pinks and corals.

Horizontal…?
Image of the completed top for Cautiously Optimistic when set on the horizontal.
The completed top for Cautiously Optimistic when set on the horizontal.

I do manage to peel myself away from the window on occasion. It does take discipline. This week my discipline paid off. I can share that I have officially finished sewing the top for Cautiously Optimistic. For those who like measurable statistics here they are: 40″ H x 64″ W and 2,600 individual pieces. I actually sewed 2,765 pieces due to a couple of whoops moments.

… Or Vertical?
An image of Cautiously Optimistic in a vertical orientation
I rotated the image of Cautiously Optimistic to a vertical orientation to see how it differs from the original planned horizontal view.

Last week I asked whether you preferred the horizontal orientation with the dark side up or down. The answer is the dark side down, as shown in this post. One of the fun things about abstract, 2D rectangular work is that it can be hung in any of 4 orientations. So… what do you think, horizontal or vertical?

An image of Cautiously Optimistic's back side showing the paper piecing construction process.
Cautiously Optimistic’s back side showing the paper piecing construction process.

There is one more orientation, for those of you who appreciate a peek behind the curtain, here is the backside of Cautiously Optimistic. Yes, it is upside down once more. What intrigues me is how it has a modern quilt aesthetic with its pops of color on a relatively neutral background.

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By Gwyned Trefethen

I am an artist who uses fabric, thread and miscellany to create designs gifted to me by my imagination.

13 comments

  1. Your finished quilt is incredible, as I knew it would be. I think I like it horizontal and with the dark on the left. What fun to see the back, almost a quilt in itself.

  2. Your finished quilt is incredible, as I knew it would be. I think I like it horizontal and with the dark on the left. What fun to see the back, almost a quilt in itself.

    1. Well it is a finished top. As you know that means I’m just slightly past the half way mark. There is all the finish work to get done, including quilting. Fortunately, I enjoy piecing, quilting and finishing almost equally. That back side is sparking some ideas. Thanks for your input. I’m rather partial to the horizontal orientation, too.

  3. I so admire your incredible patience to do all that piecing. Totally opposite of my style, and the results are stunning. Horizontal orientation looks better to me, probably because our Western eyes are trained to look from left to right and your design flows from dark to light and in and out that way. Love it………..and I can see why that back view would be sparking some ideas, too!

    1. There are days when it takes patience to work the way that I do. However, most days it is like reading a good book that you can’t wait to find out what happens next. No surprise, I construct my work as though I was reading it, from top left across the row and down to the next row, repeating the process until I’m done.

      Isn’t it wonderful that art comes in so many forms and styles? Gives us all something to explore, be inspired by and admire.

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