Saturday, January 23, 2010

And Finally a Finish

My Quaker Diamond sampler. This was an EGA class with a challenge to finish them in time for the January meeting. Pam Darney of Guild House Samplers gave us Quaker motifs, several sizes of diamonds to choose from and the freedom to follow the rules or bend them a bit.

I confess to learning tons from this piece. About color and density and balance. About what happens when you decide to wing it and design on the fly instead of planning things out.

I may change two or three tiny places. Just remove a color and replace it with a different one. But right now I consider it finished.

Today was our meeting. And there were more than a dozen samplers. Three were framed! Yikes. Five or six were finished, but unframed like mine. And I'm uncertain of the number of unfinished ones. Absolutely amazing to see so many different ways of combining the same elements. One black on white. One monochromatic. One with fourteen colors. And several chose to make multiple diamonds. Or make a diamond within a square. Such luscious colors. Both in the fabrics and in the threads.

After today, I'm sure we'll be seeing some of those unfinished ones finished soon. And those who took the class, but haven't started yet were given tremendous inspiration.


Bonnie said...

Absolutely beautiful, Donna. What a great way to learn about color, form, etc. Wish I had this to play with myself.

Have a great time on your trip.

Sara Leigh said...

You did a wonderful piece, Donna. I enjoyed seeing it progress as you stitched it on Thursdays.

Anonymous said...

I love this. Congratulations.