SCALE was the third chapter of the Savor Each Stitch Book Bee. Carolyn Friedlander’s book has a photo of bales of hay in front of a house and tree.
The caption reads, “Scale is relative to everything around it.”
On June 2, 2015, I wrote this in the book bee community:
I don’ t have a design in mind for Scale. I pulled some prints — large to small to inspire me. CF’s Circle Lattice is interesting and I like the idea of a large applique piece.
I had pulled some Kaffe prints and I sketched a large applique:
At the same time, my daughter was home for the summer from college and we visited the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ exhibit: Van Gogh, Manet and Matisse. The Art of the Flower. The exhibit was very crowded and the art was displayed in different rooms in chronological order, beginning with the early Impressionists. The early works were so real. The ladybugs on the leaves looked like they were alive right there on the paintings. Van Gogh’s work wasn’t lifelike but the paint was three dimensional . By the end I felt I had traveled through time, and I felt dizzy and overwhelmed by FLOWERS.
That experience stayed with me and I made a large applique flower (no photo). BUT, I didn’t like it.
I liked the Kaffe prints so I made a tote bag as a Scale warm-up.
Since I liked the idea of a large flower, I created a large improvisational “flower” using solid scraps.
I didn’t like how the small flowers were interacting with the large one.
On July 16, 2015, I wrote:
My Scale study has taken another turn. I decided to make some large and small improv “flowers.” I did that and tried to assemble them. Hated it, then slashed and reassembled them, and I think I’m getting somewhere. Now to decide if I need a border and how much border. I think it needs some “breathing space” — not sure what would be best. Blue perhaps.
Susan, a fellow bee mate, suggested BLACK, and I’m so glad I took her suggestion.
After I putting on the face binding, I thought it needed some more hand quilting.
That’s the story of SCALE.