Thursday, September 1, 2011

I finally found my voice



The final installment of the Modern Quilt Guild's Project Modern Challenge, to find your own voice, has been the most difficult to me. I have entered each of the three earlier challenges, and amazingly enough was chosen a winner in both the first and second, so I really wanted to enter the last one as well.

But with the only guideline being to create a quilt that is all me, I was a little intimidated, to tell you the truth. I feel like my previous entries had all been a reflection of my style and aesthetic, but I also had other guidelines to fall back on for each one.

Not this time. So, I've struggled a bit, thinking about what I wanted to create. I drew up lots of sketches and even started sewing some blocks together, but they just weren't working. Then, I decided to go back to my sketchbook and look through some earlier drawings and designs.






This one felt right. It's totally me. It's inspired by a large silo that sits on the farm just next to the Lebanon Correctional Institute. Yep, the big prison just outside of Monroe, Ohio.






It's about 10 miles from my house and we occasionally drive past it on the way to the interstate. It's one of those things that I've probably seen for years, without really seeing it, but one day as I was driving the design of the silo just caught my eye. And I grabbed my sketchbook as soon as I could and started drawing.

I redrew the design in my new sketchbook, making a couple of tweaks to colors and scale, and I started cutting and sewing last night.





Let's hope it turns out the way I think it will. I've only got until the end of this month to finish it, so I need to work fast. I'll keep you posted!

8 comments:

Cheryl Arkison said...

That's a tough challenge. Yikes. I'm not sure I would know where to start.

Jessica said...

that's such a fantastic inspiration starting point. I really should start carrying around something to sketch on everywhere I go :) Can't wait to see this one!

Little Bluebell (Adrianne) said...
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Little Bluebell (Adrianne) said...

Stripes, Silos, Solids... I can't wait to see!!!!

Jean said...

I've driven by that silo many times. I can't wait to see how you interpret it!

Katy Cameron said...

Ooh, interesting challenge, and can't wait to see how the silo inspired you. I lived in Saskatchewan for a year as a high school exchange student and they had silos everywhere, we just don't have them here (or they hide them well lol)

starlightsound said...

You go, Heather!!!

Jenny said...

I can't wait! Coming from you I know it will be fab!

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