Friday, January 17, 2014

Done and Dusted

I am very fond of cozy British mysteries.  In the book I am reading now, the main character cheerily exclaims "done and dusted!" every time she finishes a task.  Well, I am 'done and dusted' with  Tuning Fork #14 and Tuning Fork #15.
Tuning Fork #14, 7" x 10", 2014

tuning Fork #15, 7" x 10", 2014
I showed Tuning Fork 14 in progress last week, fully intending to finish it and send it to SAQA.  And then I started to think.  Always dangerous.  I decided that I needed to see how small I could go with the tuning fork units.  The darker portions of TF 15 are smaller, but I know I can do better than that.....

Anyway, before I start obsessing about 1/2" finished tuning fork units, I wanted to show you my first finished pieces of 2014!  Done and Dusted!

I have a question for everyone:  which piece should I send to SAQA for the "This is a Quilt" traveling trunk show?  Which do you feel is the stronger piece?  I'd love to have everyone's feedback!

I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday, Richard and Tanya's Quilts Link a Finish Friday and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.  Go see all the wonderful work there!


14 comments:

Jayne said...

I love #15. These are incredible! Your work is inspiring!

Chris said...

I like 15 as well.

sona nast said...

both are beautiful. but I pick #15 too. I love the different color way you used in these 2 quilts. (Different from your usual colors.)

Connie Akers said...

I believe 15 is the stronger of the 2. Both are nice

LA Paylor said...

I respond to the second one, 15.
It was an interesting exercise though to decide. I tried to figure out why, then noticed the others felt the same draw to it. I think the orientation of the dark fabric, the orientation of the fork is more balanced somehow. Well, someone could do a term paper on the why...
LeeAnna Paylor
lapaylor.blogspot.com

Claire said...

Things I like better about #15: more variation in size of "handles"; "tuning forks" going in both directions; yellow more spread over the total; motion heading up (but I don't think it would work to simply flip #14); the one yellow orange tuning fork.

Amy Art Quilter & Fyber Cafe said...

I like the purple in the first one, and the contrast of the dark corner and the bright yellow. But... I like the shapes of the 2nd, the upside down forks connecting to make another shape, add lots of interest and balance.

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Heather. Both are beautiful, but I agree with everyone else that 15 is the stronger piece. Probably because of the strong darks that make the yellows dance, and also make it balance well.
best, nadia

Sylvia said...

I like the bottom one.

Amanda Orlich said...

I really like both- and truly I am not sure which I'd choose. I've enjoyed reading comments and noticing which people are drawn towards. Fun project, fun post.

bethanygarner said...

Both pieces have a special draw for me, and yet #15 is particularly focused, as the colors "bend" to draw the viewers eye downward.
The planned dark side is mysterious and I want to go there to search out the patterns and greyed forks. GREAT job both and I hope #15 makes it to Eileen by the 31st.
Bethany in SAQA's Central Canada territory

Heather P said...

Thank you everyone, I have to agree. I think #15 is more complex. Thank you all for your input! It'll be in the mail to SAQA tomorrow!

Maria Shell said...

Wow. I say 15 too. It's nice when you get a solid consensus like that. Great work Heather!

Richard Healey said...

Thank you for linking up at Richard and Tanya Quilts.

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