I have signed up again to take part in the Contemporary Quilt Group monthly challenge. The size this year is 7" x 9", in landscape format. I've been dithering about for weeks deciding on a theme, not helped by the fact that group members post their pieces for viewing on Yahoo, and the platform seems to be broken. There are therefore very few finished pieces to look at to spur me on.
However, the snow paralysis n the UK gave me time to think, and I've decided that my theme will be "abstracting nature".
Taking the gannet photos from the art class as inspiration, ( I love watching gannets), I have worked on abstracting what, for me, makes them distinctive: the sharp, streamlined shape as the enter the water; the blue highlight around their eyes; the yellow neck feathers.
Sketching out ideas, and trying to explore geometry in my sketchbook, leading to an almost finished piece. I'm still deciding on whether this needs more quilting and will add a two colour binding to disguise the wonky geometry of the two triangles at the side.
Other creative tasks were knitting a hat with beautiful yarn found in a charity shop. It's a lovely hat, but it is not a good look for me, so it is off to a local charity who are collecting warm clothing for homeless people.