---Choose a song with a color in the title or the lyrics (such as “The
Yellow Rose of Texas”).
---Using that color / song as your inspiration, design your quilt using
various shades, hues, values, tints and tones as your emphasis. You
may use one complimentary or analogous color as an accent.
A. Carole Grant
British Columbia, Canada
Blue Swans of Winter
10" x 12"
Shimmer polyester for the water and commercial cottons for the rest.
I love blue, and the piece allowed those blues. The music idea
was instrumental in the quilting. My step-mother now has this in her
room [extended care] and enjoys the comments from those who come to
Del Mar, California
Velvets, metallic (fabric and threads); beads; crystals; tulle; eyelash
yarnsWhen the deep purple falls over sleepy garden walls And the stars
begin to twinkle in the sky...
I had such fun making this little quilt.
Tangled up in Blue
8 x 10”
Based on Bob Dylan song
Elizabeth A. Dawson
Its Not Easy Being Green
12" x 9"
Commercial and handdyed fabric, variegated thread
I was interested in the contrast of the greens
with its complementary color red in creating this piece.
Saratoga Springs, NY
12" x 12"
One hazy day last winter, the colors of the woods behind my house
were all grays and the snow was bright on the ground. A yellow
light on a building in the distance provided the only color in the
scene. The absence of color let me see what had been eluding
me about how to depict the structure of the woods and the feeling of
being in the woods. Working in a single color was a new and interesting
Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny
6" x 4"
This is a postcard, just a tiny exercise for the monochromatic challenge.
Instead of using the color in the song title as the main color, I used
the yellow polka dot bikini as the accent color, 10% or less of the
Lisa A. Albanese
Rhapsody in Blue
22 x 25”
My piece is Rhapsody in Blue - I was working a background and it transformed
itself into this. I didn't add what I had intended to add since I felt it kind
of stood on it's own. I can hear the music.
San Leandro, CA
14 x 10”
Collaged cotton fabrics, paint
I made a couple more vase quilts after
completing the last challenge, each time becoming more spontaneous
in my design and construction method. My initial thought for this
challenge was to do branches across a full moon. I tossed that idea in favor of continuing the vases series. I
began with a sketch, and tried to keep the spontaneous look that I
achieved with my third Vases quilt. I added transparent fabric paint
to the table and shadow to darken them a bit.
Laura West Kong
Loma Linda, CA
It's not easy being green
commercial cotton fabric, fusible web, cotton batting, cotton and invisible
thread, one hot-fix Swarovski crystal
This red-toed tree frog was inspired by Kermit the Frog himself.
Song used- "Blue Skies", by
Point of Grace
This began to make me think differently than usual. I usually am using
nature for my inspiration- flowers, gardens, etc., but not songs or
books, etc. I like blues and pinks, so needed a song to go along. An inspirational
song, "Blue Skies" popped into my head, It
reminds me that even though rain, clouds, dark nights, etc. can get
you down, hope in God is like Blue Skies. Some days that is all that
gets me through, that there will be hope, joy, and blue skies again.
The mountains were taken from the view I have from my home, looking
at the Endless Mountains of PA. Shading in the mountains was done with
different areas of the same fabric, and coloring over it with pastels
in places. The sky looked too choppy, so I added an overly of gathered
tulle and some clear beads for the illusion of a bright, new day.
Gonna Turn my Brown Eyes Blue
9 inches by 12 inches
As a child I always wondered why I had brown eyes while everyone important
that I knew had blue eyes---my father, Santa Claus, my grandmother.
I constructed this piece from the bottom up starting with the darkest
Tobi K. Hoffman
Green Grow the Rushes, O!
23 1/2" x 20"
Cottons, Angelina fiber
I originally wanted to focus on blue, but didn't find a song title
that inspired me. However, since my fabric stash is loaded with
greens, I only had to select which ones to use. The Angelina
turned out gold instead of the white I thought I wanted for clouds,
but fits well enough in this somewhat odd landscape.
Valerie Paige Stiles
San Diego, CA
Raspberry Beret (a song by Prince).
Size not given
My immediate instinct was to do Purple Rain,
but I thought that was too obvious, plus I really need to stop being
stuck on purple. Besides pink is my favorite color. I wasn't happy
at all with the way this quilt was going. The background fabric was
this ugly plain peachy thing that clashed and had no interest. So I
got my colored pencils out, colored up some dryer sheets and stuck
them on top of the background. It was much better but didn't stand
out from the subject enough, so I quilted the heck out of it! I have
never quilted anything that much. I found a fancy decorative stitch
on the machine and used that to stipple every inch. This made the subject
matter jump out, so I decided that the cast shadows should be quilted.
I also used colored pencils to help shade the piece, but the hat box
and lid gradations are fused fabric.
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