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Design Dilemma/ Blog #999


Did you see that? This is my 999th blog post. What am I going to do for #1000?

Here is my design dilemma. I was so excited about using this dye-painted organza for my aspens, but I just don’t like how it looks with this background. Here is how it looked quilted with no trees.



I decided that I needed to do a simpler background which I worked on yesterday and finished today. It is not quilted, yet.


Here it is with the aspens.


I like this better, but I am not sure that the aspens are working as well as I would like so I painted some new aspen organza fabric tonight.


Tomorrow, I will slice this up and audition it.

This morning, we let Scooter out in the front yard for a bit and he ran off to the neighbor’s. Mr C put him on a lead. Here he is peering into the window wanting us to pay attention to him. Isn’t he so cute?


Stay tuned for #1000. Not sure if it will be tomorrow or not.

13 Responses to “Design Dilemma/ Blog #999”

  1. Kristin L says:

    I think you need an opaque tree in either one, then you might get a neat depth going on.

  2. Barbara says:

    I think the trees show up better with the first background, but am excited to see what your second set of trees will look like. I think the backgrounds are perfect in themselves too. Lovely work.

  3. jenclair says:

    I agree with Deborah that the process is wonderful! New possibilities always arising — a series of adventures!

  4. Helen Moreda says:

    You are so generous with your methods. I can’t wait to try fusing onto parchment paper and quilting first. It would solve several problems I have encountered. Thank you.

  5. Deborah says:

    I actually like the first composition very much, but I think it might work better with fewer trees. Maybe two on the far left and one on the right. Then the sun/moon piece would be a bit of an off-center focal point. Of course, YOU have to decide what works best. It’s the process that is so wonderful.

  6. Andi says:

    I like both, but think the trees disappear into the sky on the second, maybe darken it down just a bit?

  7. Vicki W says:

    I agree, I like the second one better but wouldn’t have been able to point out a “problem” with the first one without seeing both together. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Diane D. says:

    I liked the first one quite a bit, but once I saw the second I too agree it’s better. Is it silk organza or synthetic?

  9. Debbie Babin says:

    I like the second background much better. I work with painted organza too. Love it! I like the aspens, sort of look like river birch too.
    Enjoyed peeking into your thought process. thanks!

  10. Mary Manahan says:

    Hi Gerrie…

    I like both compositions, but agree, the 2nd works better…there are so many things you can do with that paint4 organza…love its neutral colors with your hand dyes!


  11. Cindy says:

    Thanks for sharing this design process for all to learn. Scooter stories and photos are making me laugh.

  12. terry grant says:

    I think those lovely trees are getting too much competition from the bold background(s). I’d love to see them ghostly pale over a navy blue night sky.

  13. Jeannie says:

    Aw, who could say no to that cute face! Congrats on almost 1000 posts. Have a great week.