Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Getting finally started...

... with the custom order giant wall hanging for my friend. I have been suffering from the same block syndrome as writers sometimes have with empty sheets of paper, although it nowadays may be an empty screen as well. I have been collecting ideas, making plans, writing notes, looking at fabrics - and having cold feet. Some weeks ago I made the first move and painted two sky panels, but then I ran out of time and emulsion, so the rest of the skies have to wait.

On Sunday I took some newspapers and started cutting houses to the size I imagined they would be in a landscape 6 meters long and 1.15 meters high. This was my sketch:


I'm starting with the first panel on the left, morning sky and reddish houses. Now I have 4 houses cut, and I'm thinking how to place them. I have ironed the "ground" fabric but I will cut it later, when I know how high it will come.



Windows and doors and other details will come later. I think the first brown house will come a little higher. There will not be any real prespective, not every detail. The room this will be made for is not a very big one, and the viewer will always be close. I hope I don't need to start over many times! Luckily, my friend left me with a big plastic bag full of her fabrics for the project, and I know I have enough. (And in case I ruined all her fabrics, I think I have some to spare in my own stash!)

While waiting for courage to start cutting the houses, I made some nine patch blocks for  The Quilt for Illene Lyn from Bluebird Quilts is making for her friend. These will be on their way to Australia today:


 

Naturally, the fabrics are from my stash!

8 comments:

  1. I like your idea for the wall hanging, but I see how hard it is to make it. Nice blocks for Illene's Quilt!

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  2. I'm no good with sketching. Love how you've used the pretty pencils to form your idea. Sometimes it's hard to make a start but once you do it's easier to work on. Looking forward to seeing the end result.

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  3. You are very talented. I love seeing your creative process.

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  4. From seeing your sketch, your quilt is going to be wonderful, Ulla! I wish I could draw my ideas, but they would only look like stick figures!
    Cheers!

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  5. Wow you are realy fairless, I am impressed.. Good luck with your new project.. Marits quilt on my blogg is made with houses but I had a pattern to hang on to.

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  6. Oh my, that certainly is a big wall hanging. I wouldn't know where to start. I am looking forward to seeing the progress.

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  7. A big project. Looking forward to seeing progress.

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  8. Well done Ulla I think the scale ca be a bit daunting but now you have an idea of that it should be easier. Love the colours the buildings will be.

    Lovely blocks for Lyn too. So kind

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