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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

A Terrific Diversion

I do this all the time, and the results always thrill me.  How many times have I started a commission and then did a 360 by throwing myself headlong into a completely different project!?  It's like a need a quick creative break from the pressure of meeting a deadline or request.  I did it again.  As I sat pondering how I would finish the Denmark piece, and how I would start my cousin's memory quilt, I looked up on my design wall at this photo I took 2 springs ago of the flooded prairie.  the photo has been sitting there for 2 years.  Waiting.  But this time, in an instant, I KNEW how to do it!  I pulled out my supplies and finished this much on Sunday morning, prior to Jane's garage sale.


It made so much sense!  I looked at the photo and said out loud:  The sky and the water are the same.  Poof!  It made so much sense to stitch out all the green and leave the sky fabric as the water.  I had contemplated many times how I would stitch out the water when in fact, the key to this piece is not stitching the water at all!  Eureka.

I took a break from that, and sorted my new threads into color packs...


Yeah!  All that 
for the price of this:

Three shades of chartreuse = LOVE

Monday morning, before running off to host a class for Horizon owners, I completed this flooded prairie scene by adding some hand stitched trees and birds.   Can I tell you that I LOVE THIS!?

Flooded Prairie, 2012

I'm so proud of this one.  It was pure joy for me to stitch in about a dozen different greens. It's all finished and ready to frame.  It's a bit bigger than 6x8", which is twice the size of my little ones.

: )

Linking to WIP Wednesday at The Needle & Thread Network.


27 comments:

Linda said...

Your "Unnamed" is amazing!I love it so much. I saw Prairie Dress in person at Quilt Canada in Halifax..OMG! it is gorgeous. What a wonderful piece. You must be so proud.

Bee said...

I LOVE this!!! It is beautiful! Isn't it fun when inspiration hits and something suddenly makes sense?! Aren't you glad you acted on it?

Ellie said...

Oh I love this one. Great work you did on this one. :))

Heather Lair said...

Oh, Monika, it is gorgeous! The perspective, style, colors, details, inspiration all work so well together!

I love it!

Heather

ps- your dress in the Juried show at Quilt Canada was so beautiful and full of grace.

B J Elder said...

Isn't it fun when all of a sudden that 'light bulb' goes off and you know exactly what to do/how you want it? The piece is awesome. You are very gifted!

HollyM said...

I love it too! Isn't it funny how and when the answers come? A eureka moment.
And, I'm so envious of your yard sale thread, especially all that chartreuse. You will do some lovely pieces with it.

Patti Shanks said...

We all benefit when the answer comes to you! Your work is so amazing. You give instructions on the Horizon? Wish I had known that. I've had mine for almost a year, but still use very few of the features!

Judith van Praag said...

♡♡♡ Funny how what we need to do often stares us in the eye, the DUH! so apparent in retrospect. Lovely work. Painting with thread, love it!

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

Wow! I absolutely love this one Monika!
Stay inspired!

elle said...

You have definitely captured that scene. Gorgeous!

PrairiePeasant said...

The flooded prairie is perfect! True inspiration hits when we least expect it. There's actual research that shows that if you want to solve a problem, go do something totally different. But enough neuroscience...

I wish I could raid your thread stash...

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

I really love this one....I think it is probably my favorite! Great job! It is perfect.

Judee said...

That is really great! You are a genius.

Megan said...

Fabulous Monika! You really hit the nail on the head with the sky fabric being the water as well, really highlights the reflection concept. I love the simplicity of it as well, it really makes it stunning.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

I love it too Monika. Beautifully done. the reflections and birds add great movement and contrast.

Sheila said...

Another masterpiece , just love it , the sky fabric was the perfect answer for the water for sure , amazing!

Christie DescribeHappy said...

What a fun moment to have been struck by and I'm so glad you stitched it. Just loving it and I really like how the water looks! Good stuff!!

Gill said...

Wow! I love Flooded Prairie!! and all those threads....!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

No wonder you love this piece Monika; it's beautiful. I so wish you were close to me; I would love to have you teach me even a little of what you do. lovely.

Jovita said...

It's absolutely beautiful, I had to look twice it looked so much like the photograph.

Kiwi said...

I love LOVE this piece....LOVE!!!

Susan Being Snippy said...

I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles... that's what I love about the prairie, wet or dry!

Jeanette said...

So beautiful Monika. Your work is so delicate and precise.

corina said...

I'm blown away...so gorgeous!

Maria said...

Wow, this is stunning!

M-R said...

Monika, this is gorgeous! I love it!

greelyrita said...

Oooh! This one's really gorgeous too!! ♡♡♡♡ <--Judith van Praag's hearts from her comment (I wonder where people find these things)

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