This week I have been working on a small art quilt. I have based this quilt on the mussel shells which are common on New Zealand beaches. It has been fun to interpret sketches I have drawn on location in my sketchbook. I want to show you today they way I work on a new piece of work.
I first sketch on location taking down the subject and any ideas I have surrounding the subject. In this case I sketched my own interpretation of seaweed, mussel shells and grass. I combined some of these elements into a cool bag design.
Then from this I made more sketches, I chose this one to make into a small wall quilt.
I then sketched it up in my sketchbook and did a few colour ways. This was the one I liked the best.
I collected some photos as reference for colour and for my palette choice. i used these as a guide for my paint selection.
This is the finished top of my quilt. When I get to this point I spend a few days looking at the quilt top deciding on quilting designs.
The whole design board area.
Hopefully this week I can get it quilted!