I shared this quilt with some other art quilters yesterday afternoon and one asked if the show required "realistic" quilts. No, it doesn't. She had seen some of my other work and noted that it is clearly not realistic. So, why did I choose to make this plane so realistic? I'd been wondering that myself. I may be regretting and questioning that direction. But, I'm moving forward. We'll just keep that nagging feeling at bay for now.
I'm using my giant pattern for reference as I cut out and place the windows.In the photo, the bomb bay door is open. I wanted a cleaner line for my plane, so I just traced through that section. By the way, Jeff is actually flying the P-3 in that image. He flew on a demo team at the 100th Anniversary of Powered Flight air show in Dayton, Ohio in 2003. There is some wonderful symmetry to be making a 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation quilt using an image of my husband flying the in the 100th anniversary of flight air show. Pretty cool.
Then I began playing around with creating propellers. Like all day Thursday, trying this and that.
Fabric, paint, organza, etc...
I wasn't sure I liked the individual propellers or the organza overlay meant to show some movement. So I tried an organza circle, as if they are moving so fast you can't even see the individual blades.
Blah. I wasn't happy. So did three loads of laundry, swept the kitchen floor, had a small bowl of ice cream, watched Project Runway and went to bed.
Decide what to do about the propellers.
Then do it.
Think about additional compositional elements.