Sunday, May 9, 2010

Cutting up!

There’s something wild and exciting about taking the rotary cutter to a long finished piece and with a few swipes cropping it down to size!!

T'was a dark and stormy night

Above is a poor unloved piece: “Twas a Dark and Stormy Night” (60”w, 21”h) .
I guess it was the name that put people off!!!  Although I have always loved games like Consequences, I know a lot of people just groan when they are asked to play.  
This piece was based on a photograph I took from the top floor windows of one of the major department stores on Princes’ St in Edinburgh.  Of course it was grey and raining, and so we did what you always do in Scotland when it’s grey and cold and wet… you go and have a nice cuppa tea preferably with  a cream cake! 
As a result,  I always liked the piece because I remembered the company, the cuppa and the cake, but the quilt really didn’t show those! (didn’t show my Main Idea!).

And now I’m 3000 miles west and a good way south of Edinburgh and about to teach a workshop at QSDS and along comes their request for a piece less than 24”. 
If you havn’t got one, make one:
















Voila! It’s as easy as 1,2,3!

If you have been, thanks for reading!! Go forth and cut!   Elizabeth


Elsie Montgomery said...

Oh, this was fun to watch. I'm not sure I have the same courage, but you go girl!

Diana Parkes said...

I am often tempted to do this but there needs to be a considerable gap between the original making and the cutting.
Several pieces of mine have been re-cycled into something else, and this always feels good.

Terry Jarrard-Dimond said...

What a great resolution to two issues!! Good on you.

Anonymous said...

Just wrote on my blog that the cutting part is hard sometimes and about tea, weird blogging world..

but these two smaller pieces you have now ended up with look amazing together. I kinda like rain to be honest.