As I was poking around in my boxes of in-progress, stalled and unfinished projects, I found it. Chartreuse! It was really fun to use it as the focus for my 12x12 piece.
Approaching DepartureThe center panel is the piece that was created years ago -- probably 2007. I paired it with the teal vertical borders and added just a tiny bit of machine stitching in the arch over the top. The long red thread tails were interesting back when I first created the chartreuse piece and I knew I wanted to keep them and the textural quality they added.
I considered whether I should add some surface design or some hand stitching. But I couldn't come up with any motifs or colors that didn't fight with the interesting staggered composition of the center panel and the variety of bright colors. I decided on just a few purple square sequins to contrast with the thick columns of the rest of the design.
I think it looks a bit like a set of wonky steps or a pathway. It's a little different from most of the work I've done lately, but not entirely out of place. Is it a departure from the style and techniques I love? Or am I just approaching them in a different way?