A Rug as Inspiration for an Art Quilt

When I finished my last custom order this spring, I took a look at my Etsy shop and realized I needed to design some art quilts with CURVES.  This is not a “twist my arm” situation since I love love love making quilts with curved piecing.  But this time I wanted to try some new designs and some layering of the curves.

Always seeking design inspiration from unusual sources, I remembered as I was area rug shopping a few months ago, that I saw some fun designs in rugs.  I found a few and started experimenting with more art quilt colors (than rug colors) which means brighter colors.  Soon I found myself thinking about a color palate which would look nice on my rust red living room wall.  I settled on the colors of the quilt shown here.  I used a medium dark blue, a light blue, a peach, a maroon, and a cream.  The fabrics all had character them, either tone on tone blenders or batiks.  I guess you could use solids but the quilt wouldn’t be as interesting.  This is a large art quilt for me at 28″H x 51″W, perfect for over a fire place or a Queen or King bed.

You can clearly see the DEPTH in this quilt.  There was a layer of much of the design in the background.  Then I added over top, by cutting the originally pieced part of the quilt.  There are five pieces cut into the original quilt design.  I love the movement of these large curves that seem to dance on the wall.  I used a variety of free motion stitch designs in my quilting.

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