Up for auction this week is a piece called “Circles” that began as a photo on cloth of a pink bleeding heart plant. I distorted the image by cutting it into circles of various sizes, which I then appliqued onto a black cotton background. I brought more color and balance to the piece by hand quilting additional circles in hot pink thread.
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For this week’s Turn Back Thursday, I thought I would share the first of the bleeding heart flower photo projects I did. Before I had a second attempt at doing something with my bleeding heart photo that got chopped up and became the circles piece I posted on Tuesday, I used the photo as the basis for some thread painting experiments. Though I ultimately redid the binding on this one, I was really happy with this first attempt at thread painting. Thread painting was much easier than I expected and became a great addition to my quilting tool box. I’ve used it several times over the years, which just goes to show that you shouldn’t underestimate the value of play.
I’m killing two birds (so to speak) with one stone this week. A friend of mine has recently started a new creative community called BirdZeed. Each month, she posts a word to spur our creative juices and we share what we create. July’s word is “Circle.” When she posted the word, this UFO was hanging on my design wall and honestly, I had decided to trash it. I thought that I had learned what I needed to learn from it and it didn’t need to be finished.
But, I turned to it and thought, “Hmm. Circles. I’m going to trash it anyway so let me cut it into circles first and see what happens. If I hate it, it can still go in the trash.” So I started cutting. I tossed down some circles on some black fabric, sewed them down, did a little machine and hand quilting and voila! A finished project that I absolutely love that also saved a UFO from the trash.