Tuesday, September 21, 2010


After staring at the aviation quilt with complete dissatisfaction yesterday morning, I decided to take a break and create something fresh. I really enjoyed putting together this little abstract composition. I used some of the scraps from the aviation quilt. I did some hand stitching later in the afternoon and took some deep breaths.

Then I peeled the plane off the background.
Is that just about the saddest sight you've ever seen? A wilted P-3.

Then I sliced up the quilt so the map and the wings are separate.
Then I gathered some additional fabrics and thought about reconstruction.
The green pieces are from an old flight suit. They have lots of zippers and pockets. I even pulled out a piece with the label. I also gathered some patches and rank insignia.

Yesterday evening I pieced a stripey border that will go under the map section. I should be able to re-fuse the P-3 over the map in a slightly different location. I'll be able to do some embroidery in this border section and add some collage elements. I may or may not find a way to incorporate the organza wings. I may use the same technique and re-do them in a different section. (Ug. More paper peeling and thread burying.)

I did consider several of your suggestions. I appreciated all the "don't be so hard on yourself" comments. But ultimately, if I'm feeling cranky and irritated by a piece of work no matter what everyone else thinks, I need to make adjustments. I feel better about it. At least for the moment.


Gerrie said...

The stars and stripe fabric will definitely add some pizazz, I think. I love your abstract composition. Very soothing.

Bee said...

I can't wait to see your new and improved aviation quilt. Its smart to take a break and create something fresh. I love your abstract.

Jackie said...

You are sooo brave!

Jeannie said...

You are so brave with the rotary cutter. I am looking forward to seeing the next installment! The abstract is wonderful. I really like your circles. The whole piece is so serene.

Kristin L said...

Oooh, this is fun! I think it's great to show that it's Ok to change course mid-way through if that's what needs to be done. I think too often people get stuck thinking that something has to completed exactly the way it was first envisioned. I love the main fabric on your abstract piece -- did you paint that? I had to smile at your red stripe too -- I have that in blue! I may even have it in red as well. Must be one of those staple fabrics for the patriotic stash ;-). I look forward to seeing where you take this next!

Diane N said...

I like the flight suit idea. I hope you can find a way to incorporate it into the quilt in one way or another.

Although I liked what you were doing before, I'm thinking that now that you sliced and diced what you were doing, the real Deborah will emerge.

Can't wait to see what's next. Sending positive thoughts your way.