Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Puzzled Palette

This year I have been doodling and Zentangling more. I enjoy drawing these fun designs and I'm always amazed at the creativity of other artists. Shortly before Deborah announced this color palette, I came across a Zentangle pattern design named Struzzle. This design, created by Jo Newsham, intrigued me. I kept looking at it and thought it would make a fabulous quilt pattern.

I wrote Jo and asked her permission to use her pattern as my quilt inspiration for this challenge. Jo very kindly granted me permission. Thanks Jo!

I started by drawing the design to size and creating my template pieces. Next I collaged several different fabrics from each color family onto some stiff interfacing and then quilted each fabric-covered interfacing piece. I cut out my pattern pieces, placed them onto a black background fabric and stitched around each piece to secure it to the quilt. I finished the edges of the quilt with one of my favorite methods, couched fibers.

13 comments:

Connie Rose said...

I love it, Terri!

Gerrie said...

I love puzzles and it is fun to see how you put this together.

Karen said...

I think the edge is my favorite part Terri, with the black fabric following the designs on the piece. Zentangling looks very addictive and fun.

Kristin L said...

Cool play on the original doodle. I like how you've taken teh basic idea and built on it with the color and visual texture. The couched border is so fun -- it kind of continues the expansive feeling of the puzzle pieces -- the whole thing is just going to burst out at you!

JB said...

What a fun method. You may have started a trend. I love the combination of fabrics you used in each puzzle piece; the subtle variations of color and pattern.

Jo in NZ said...

TERRI! It looks fantastic. I love the colour palette to. The fabrics are very'zentangle' too.
XX
Jo

Françoise said...

Very nice piece Terri. I really like puzzles too.
Your collage technique is so interesting. I'll have to try it. Love the border too.

Diane said...

I always like seeing how you use printed fabrics -- you have a real skill in that -- and this piece shows that off! It's fun to look at - great color and movement. Cool border, too!

kirsty said...

How cool!
I haven't seen anything like this before. Your fabric choices are great, Terri. And, yes, I'm enamoured of the border, too!

Terry said...

I do, of course, see the puzzle connection here, but I also see a view of fields and ponds from the air. (Maybe seeing Diane's piece first got my brain pointed in that direction!) The richness of those patterned fabrics gives it a wonderfully textural quality.

Brenda Gael Smith said...

This has an aerial patchwork landscape quality to it with the added fun of the Zentangle detail.

And it's a curvy nine-patch too!

Anonymous said...

Terry and I are commenting simultaneously. I swear I didn't see her comment before I wrote mine!

Brenda Gael Smith said...

And I didn't mean to be anonymous either.