So, remember the other day, I was talking about working on that wall quilt with the flowers here, here, here and here (and probably elsewhere) and how I was saying I wasn't sure that my fussing with it was going to be helpful in the end?
Well it wasn't. (Big cheesy grin.)
See, the more I worked on the placement, the more I realized that it just wasn't working. Stumped, I asked BSP for an opinion and what I got was "I don't get it." *heh*
So then I explained - "Juxtaposition of angles and curves!" - "Life arising from/despite the darkness!" - "A conversation about the tension created by man vs. nature!" "assorted other asshattery!"
BSP said "Yeah, yeah I get that. Those intellectual ideas make sense. But that's not what's coming through on your quilt. It just looks like a bunch of flowers you stuck on a a black background.
I sputtered while BSP circled my design wall.
"But that black all broken up with the green - now that's cool.You should make a quilt with just that stuff on it."
BSP wisely left and I stared at the pieces on my design wall, and looked at my photographs, pondered my sketches and pondered and puzzed 'till my puzzler nearly broke (to mis-quote Dr. Seuss); and realized BSP was right.
Don't you hate it when your spouse is right? DAG-NAB-IT!!!!!! ;)
I took out the damn flowers and pieced together my black velvet and green satin bits, and pondered the nature of mental health/mental break downs, what living in our fast-paced, compartmentalized lives does to our souls, why it is that self styled "non-artistic" spouses are so damn opinonated and why it is that when they're right, it's so damn annoying?
And by the time I was done thinking about all of that, I had finished my latest wall quilt.
The fun thing is, the entire quilt is made completely out of scraps - even the batting is scraps pieced together. I don't think these pics don't do it justice, cuz you can't feel how luscious and cuddly all that black velvet is, nor really see the quilting angles working against each other. But it's really lovely.*
* As is my much Beloved Spouse.