"Primordial Soup" by Nancy Schlegel and Karen Menzies


Quilter in Distress: Nancy Schlegel
Rescuer: Karen Menzies

"Primordial Soup" • 20" x 13"

Nancy: "The enclosed UFO was started for a Fast Friday Fabric Challenge using the design principle of chiaroscuro–having a contrast between light and dark. The inspiration for the piece was looking across a lake at a group of dark pine trees with one branch of yellow maple leaves. I feel the design lacks interest and variety. I added a tree trunk but it hardly shows up against the dark background. It does have some quilting on it but could probably benefit from more."

Karen: "I deconstructed the piece, removing the background and foreground leaves, as well as one layer of tulle on the background fabric. Beneath the leaves were pieces of dark brown fabric, suggesting a trunk or branches. Rearranging a few of the leaves along a dark brown strip presented a composition that was less static and more colorful. I then set out to add movement and color. To achieve this, I flipped the yellow leaves upside down and, by using the original leaves as templates, created a new set of leaves in an autumnal color palette. The leaves I added are faced, raw-edged, and stitched down using a variety of colored threads. The original leaves have been repositioned and stitched down. Connecting some of the leaves with brown yarn suggests a living vine. Wavy side edges and varied leaf orientations reinforce a sense of movement."

 

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7 thoughts on “"Primordial Soup" by Nancy Schlegel and Karen Menzies

  1. Karen-you really did improve the piece by adding more varied leaves. You must have worked hard taking it all apart but it was definitely worth the effort. I’m having trouble seeing it horizontal instead of vertical but the more I look at it, I can see a forest floor in the fall time. I’m glad I didn’t have to wait until November to see the piece because I have been really wondering what anyone could do to make it more interesting-and now I can see you succceeded very well. I will welcome it home.

    Nancy

  2. Hi Nancy,

    How fun this challenge was.  I agree with your vertical perspective but can see leaves on the forest floor. Your  original tree trunk is out in the open now at the bottom of the picture.  The taking apart was part of the fun, discovering what was hidden in plain view. 

    I am so pleased that you like the result.

    toodley do,

    Karen

  3. Hi Nancy,

    How fun this challenge was.  I agree with your vertical perspective but can see leaves on the forest floor. Your  original tree trunk is out in the open now at the bottom of the picture.  The taking apart was part of the fun, discovering what was hidden in plain view. 

    I am so pleased that you like the result.

    toodley do,

    Karen

  4. Hi Nancy,

    How fun this challenge was.  I agree with your vertical perspective but can see leaves on the forest floor. Your  original tree trunk is out in the open now at the bottom of the picture.  The taking apart was part of the fun, discovering what was hidden in plain view. 

    I am so pleased that you like the result.

    toodley do,

    Karen

  5. Hi Karen-I just receive the actual quilt that you made from mine and its even better in person than on the internet. I really like the variety of leaves and the layering effect you accomplished. A nice backing and sleeve so I can hang it right away Although I just reread your comments below where you talked about the tree being on the bottom but the sleeve makes it hang vertical. I’m turning it around and around and can always add another sleeve if I want it horizontal. Thanks for your creativity and work on my piece-I’m proud to call it a Schlegel-Menzies piece of art.

    Nancy 

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