Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Rain(bow) Drop - Project Quilting

"Rain(bow) Drop," art is 4" x 5" in a 5.5" x 6.5" (exterior measurements) frame, made by Pam Geisel for Project Quilting, Season 9, Challenge 4: Mellow Yellow, Feb. 2018 in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Challenge recap for "Mellow Yellow":

"Yellow is a color that frightens many quilters. It's true, yellow sometimes can overpower a design. But it's also a happy color, so focus on that this week."

Personally I'm not afraid of the color yellow...I live in Yellow Springs after all. But I did learn in my graphic design years that yellow doesn't have a lot of shades to it like the other colors so it doesn't have as much contrast and you can only make it so dark.

For this project I painted some drops of color in a tear drop or egg shape (subconsciously thinking of the drink Mello Yello or it's competitor Mountain "Dew"?) 

I fused this to a yellow background then quilted around the raw edges with white thread then free motion quilted in the white spaces between the colors.

I added 11 seed beads in matching rainbow colors going across the drops. I put it in a small black frame which has an easel back and can go both horizontal or vertical.

One interesting note about quilting with the color yellow: I no longer buy any yellow thread. If I have a yellow fabric and I want to quilt with a similar color on top of it, I use my tan thread which will look yellow enough.

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To read more about Project Quilting, go here.

To see other entries for this challenge, visit the Mellow Yellow challenge page.


Laura said...

Hi How did you mount this mini quilt? I know people who "pull around" a board and people who complete the quilt and then use double sided sticky table or similar. Always interested to find out new ways. I actually am loving the bright colour yellow right now.

Pam Geisel - For Quilts Sake said...

Laura - I used double-stick tape to attach it to a piece of mat board.

Linda Satkowski said...

I do like this piece--like the spontaneity of it. I don't use much yellow, but did find enough in my stash to try this challenge.

PersimonDreams said...

very nice! I love the little bead detail!