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."