Monday, August 5, 2013

Strips of Stripes

A few days ago I saw this image on Pinterest. And loved it.
First off, I'm a huge fan of log cabins, in all their varieties and, secondly, I love the way she used a variety of fabrics without any one fabric seeming to fight for attention.
Side note: If I were you, which I'm not, but let's pretend, I'd click on that image and get taken to the maker's flickr page where I would see many lovely creations.
Now, I have a lot of images in my  Pinterest Inspirations Board, 882 to be exact, so I can't respond to every image that moves me, but I wanted to respond to this one.
And, in the course of doing so, discovered or rather had the opportunity to re-interpret something old in a new way.
Confused yet? I am.
Anyway, I started by re-imaging the log cabin/courthouse steps pattern in my own fabrics. Unlike the original, I opted to limit my palette to 4 fabrics. The fabrics weren't particularly special or cohesive, just 4 different prints from my Simple Marks Summer collection.
I'd love to say that I was overjoyed with the result and include scads of pictures documenting the process and product. I'd love to say that, but it wouldn't be true. I liked some things about the way the pieces fit together and made a secondary image, but I didn't like the lack cohesion that I thought the prints used created. The fabric didn't support the structure of the pattern. 
So, I decided to try the same idea, but with fabrics that, though they're technically prints, have essentially the same structure.
Stripes. Stripes cut into strips that when pieced together make even more stripes.
This solution and the finished result made me think about how much I love working with stripes. So,  I thought I'd feature some other striped projects I've made in the past.
BTW- This is just a selection of my striped creations because when I started searching my flickr page for examples, I discovered there way too many to include in one post and that the most recent striped item will need to be the focus of tomorrow's post. I guess I really, really, like stripes.


Aliceart said...

Beautiful! Love your fabrics, and what you've done with them.

em's scrapbag said...

I love Mary's work. I follow her blog. She is amazing!
Your stripe pieces are fabulous!

Rosa said...

Love your colorful pillow and all your fabrics choice!

Kris said...

Oh my I love your stipes. I don't think I have any or many but I want to. These are just beautiful.

Cindy said...

What an artist! Beautiful! I can always feel the sun in your work.

Kristin L said...

That third quilt looks like a pointilist painting. Love it.