I thought I would share the creative process that has been going on behind the scenes as I have worked through the design of the Midsummer Night crazy quilt. When I first thought of this theme for a crazy quilt, I knew I would be making it encrusted... VERY encrusted. I love looking for and deciding on what types of embellishments will be used to enhance a seam or a bit of fabric! The fabrics would have to be of various values with fairly subdued colors to reflect the night.
First I listed the colors I would use and various embellishments to be added later. I also included a list of the visual sparks from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, as I read through the play. This quilt will reflect the sleeping Titania in the center panel, and the visuals from that "Midsummer Night" will surround her.
My scanner couldn't read these for some reason so I had to take a picture and there is a shadow over the page. Oops!
In the play, as Titania lays down to sleep in Scene II. "Another part of the wood.", the fairies sing a song that makes sure that this list of critters:
leaves her alone. In the final version of my design, these will be put on the outer edges of the quilt in the darker blocks, away from a sleeping Titania.
After the lists were made, I started playing with the design of the entire quilt. Here's version one:
I was going to get very ambitious with my extra embroidery and embellishments in this version. They would totally dominate the CQ blocks beneath them and I decided it was just too much.
The second design took the ideas from the first design and placed them on the wide border surrounding some regular CQ blocks.
But it didn't really have a focal point and I thought there needed to be one.
That's where the idea of a center panel of a sleeping Titania came in. Beginning with the center panel idea, I worked outward from that, coming up with the current design of the quilt [at first I typed "final design" and then I realized how foolish that thought was :0)].
The blank areas around the center section of blocks will be the darker fabrics forming a border.
[[Edited to add: I will be putting the same type of embroidery in this border as I would in the second design. It was just too late last night to keep drawing and I wanted to get this post up!]]
So, that's where I stand right now. Nat has received the box of paints and fabric I sent, so hopefully, he can work on the center panel this weekend. Meanwhile, I'll start working on fabric selection and placement. WooHoo!