Thursday, March 01, 2012

Completing the Background Piecing

It was great to get the positive feedback on my foray into a looser kind of strip piecing. I was feeling pretty good about my fabric choices and general look anyway, but it's always nice hearing that others agree. So here is my completed background. You might be able to see some faint chalk marks I added - I have squared this up large enough to be wrapped over a 1-1/2" deep canvas so the chalk delineates the top of the canvas, 16 x 20.

Remember me saying that because of some of the colors I decided to add, I thought this background might not work for my shadow grass idea? To my surprise, my paper printouts look quite good on it I think.

And also a bit of a surprise, these fabrics look to work for a background for these leaf prints. I had envisioned such a pieced background for them but had different colors in mind. I still have some strips left and more fabric I can cut, so I may make up similar backgrounds to fit 10 x 10 canvases. I may want to make the strips skinnier so as not to overpower the small size of the leaves. Even on the big piece, I went back and restitched some of the strips with a wider seam allowance to make them narrower - those that verged on 1-1/2 inches made too big of a statement. Ones closer to 1 inch seem to work better.


Connie Rose said...

I do love that background!

Sherrie Spangler said...

Lookin' good!

The Idaho Beauty said...

As you can imagine, it's hard to capture in a photo - the not black fabrics are a bit more subtle. But I agree, it's a great background. Thanks!