Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Inspiration is a Funny Thing

People ask me all the time how I get inspired. Inspiration is a funny thing....you never know when or how it might strike or manifest itself. Between storms, bad internet and power outages I did get a little sewing in. I was considering how to tackle this Roberto Capucci inspired chevron and I decided to make a maquette to experiment with some ideas. A maquette is a preliminary piece, sometimes a small version of a larger piece used as practice or a test. I learned about the concept from the Gee's Bend ladies.
I improvised another chevron from the scraps left over from the larger piece. I experimented with setting it in the background with some improvised curves....at this point I was simply practicing. I happened to put it back on the design wall upside down and there it was...a tornado. After my experience this weekend and the crazy weather in the midwest I felt compelled to go there.
That coincided with a conversation with Katie, my writing partner, and she happened to mention an idea of slicing the chevron in half. After that I started playing with making the chevron appear to rotate like the funnels we saw near our house.
The black seems to give it an ominous feel to me. 'Twister' is about 16" x 36". Quilting lines have the potential to enhance the tornadic feeling of this piece even further, but I'm not sure I want to work on it any more right now. It's weird.
The large chevron still on my design wall is taller than I am, so I still don't know where to go with that. Maybe I should make a larger version of Twister, but I'm not sure.
A reader in Monday's comments said something like could a tornado quilt be in my future...inspiration is a funny thing.

PS...I'm working on getting a winner for the Block Party book...arrg crappy internet. I'll have it as soon as I can!

24 comments:

Cheryl Arkison said...

We need to take inspiration wherever we get it!
Tornado or not, the curves with that chevron are awesome!

jackie said...

hope you don't mind that i added this to my "infatuation" pinterest board. wherever your inspiration comes from you really manage to create some fantastic quilts!

Live a Colorful Life said...

you are my inspiration guru!

sukie said...

I love the colors you choose too! If I copied you would you be offended because you're a huge inspiration to me! (File that under corny but true)

beingvfox said...

The black cuts across contrasting with the beautiful bright colors give it a very stained glass feeling. Natural destruction and old world beauty intermingled. Very poignant.

Stevens Family said...

I like the colors. That first one looks like a leg to me.

Alice R. said...

Wow. Really cool.

Poppyprint said...

Thank you for sharing that Jacquie. It is amazing where a terrifying experience, a conversation and some experimentation can lead!

sewkatiedid said...

Funny, you and I have some of the same themes in our posts today.

I think the slicing added movement.

Suzanne said...

Gosh, I learned a new word from you today. Thank you for maquette and for the tornado quilt. We are hunkering down and waiting for this next storm to blow through. There is a severe tornado alert in my area this afternoon. Wishing safety to everyone in its wake.

Anina said...

Very striking!

monaluna said...

Wow, Jacquie, this is lovely! Moody and beautiful.

Sue said...

the tornados have really influences some recent quilts. your is stunning. be safe.

Gari said...

Five years ago we moved from FL to AL and I had to make a quilt that is called "Flight to Alabama." It shows hurricains on a dark background. The bottom of the quilt is the beach and the top is the wooded land in AL. The quilt helped make the move I really didn't want to do, better. Maybe I need to put it on the blog.

alioop said...

Hi Jacquie - nature is amazing in more ways than one - beauty can come from something destructive.

niki said...

I admire you. Through reading your blog I have had the courage to let my quilt dreams soar.

Pauline said...

thats gorgeous Jacquie, I find it amazing how you can pull inspiration like that..must be a kind of therapy for you too..man, you guys have had some shocking weather...take care over there..
cheers

QuiltSwissy said...

I LOVE it!
glen

My Sweet Prairie said...

wow! I love it all sliced up. Very cool! I love original ideas. BRILLIANT
: )
~Monika in Saskatoon

Esch House Quilts said...

A beautiful story about the creative process.

I hope the tornado on your design wall is the only one in your area for along time!

Valerie said...

Jacquie - This is amazing - that's all I can say. I'm speechless. THank you for sharing your process with us - it is inspirational!

Carolyn said...

The curves with that chevron are awesome! This is lovely!

Silver MLM

MightyMom said...

that looks fantasticly scary

Healing Naturaly said...

I actually can fell this splash of colour translated in to vibration, more uplifting than I was imagining :).
Joy and peace x.
Ines P