Monday, August 6, 2012

Triangle colorstory

Once upon a time, we all loved triangles.

Triangle Colorstory for market

And even if they are touchy little shapes to sew and pains in the arse to cut, we'll love them forever.  The end.

Patchwork wall art

This newest piece of patchwork wall art is now hanging over the dining room buffet, returning fabricy goodness and delightful color to our dining room (which was drained of these things when I moved into my new sewing space).  I reaaalllly won't mind if it doesn't sell at the upcoming craft show!   Aria thinks it's beautiful and Liam loves all the "mountains".  Only Brandon hasn't voiced his thoughts, but... ya know you can't please everyone!

triangle love.

Triangle Colorstory is 24" square.  It's the biggest canvas I ordered for wrapping as fabric wall art and now I do wish I'd ordered more big pieces.  I really like working at this size!

Values?

Let's see, it started like this.   I cut scraps into triangles (4" wide at the base and 5" tall at the peak) and began arranging them this way and that.  My first setting was based on value with dark values at center and light values at the edges.  Value is unrelated to color (it just refers to how light or dark a fabric looks) so this allowed the colors to mix in interesting combinations.  To check the value, I'd stand back and kinda squint to see if anything looked out of place.

nope.... color!

But after sleeping on it, I changed to this arrangement based on color, with red at center and purple at the very edges.  This reminds me of Anna Maria Horner's Patchwork Prism design, though I'm not using equilateral triangles.  I love how my layout accidentally created a sort of star at center around the reds and browns.  At least, I see a star!

mini version

Naturally, I had a jumble of leftover triangles.  And triangle scraps being such tricky sorts, I figured to make this mini version rather than abandon them to the scrap drawer.  It'll be just 12" square.

Wonky Pinwheel covered journal

And then.... still confronted with triangle excess, I revisited my Wonky Pinwheel covered journal design from last summer

from behind

From behind.  It's triangles combined with Essex cotton/linen in natural. Very light and fresh, methinks.

As it turns out, these projects brought on a triangle mood.  More covered journals in the making.  See you on the other side!

41 comments:

  1. oh, that wall hanging is so,so pretty! Another fantastic idea, Rachel!!! You totally rock!

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  2. Love the colours and the gradations. Yes, I see the star in the middle!

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  3. Ohh , you make beautiful things.....:)

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  4. It's beautiful. Someday I'm going to get through enough of what I already have going to make a triangle quilt!

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  5. I love all the triangles! That wall art is beautiful.

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  6. that's lovely Rachel. I love this idea of the wall art. That may be just what my dining room needs.

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  7. I love all the wall art you've been making. It's so bright and beautiful! Great way to quilty goodness to a wall without it looking too "handmade". It's looks so professional!

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  8. great rearrangement! love it!

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  9. beautiful! I love this idea. I was wanting to do something for my wall that was NOT a quilt but with my quilt fabrics and this is perfect! Can you share how you attached it to the back of the canvas?

    Thanks for inspiring me to listen to my own ideas as well as learning from others.

    michelle

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    1. I echo this request...can you show us how you attached to the wooden frame? Staples?

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    2. Yep, staples it is! My husband uses a staple gun and I fold/stretch the fabric. I make it big enough that I can fold the fabric to hide raw edges so that it's tidy from the back.

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  10. Yes, triangles are happy. Great makings, Rachel!

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  11. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
    Love your canvas of triangles. I never pieced "just" triangles but this project inspires me to give it a try!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  12. I love your triangles! I have been wanting to make your triangle quilt for the longest time. Other priorities keep getting in my way! I might be able to fit something like this in though. You are very inspirational!

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  13. Hi Rachel! Beautiful fabric art! I love your colours and tringles are always so good! You make me want to make notebooks, too! x Teje

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  14. That is so gorgeous! I love the idea of fabric canvases. I've got some triangles ready to be used up! =D

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  15. It must feel good to whip up these shorter projects. They are fantastic. I made a journal cover for a friend as a gift last week, my math wasn't wonderful haha, I will have to try and perfect that. Thanks for your inspiration.

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  16. Love them all! But I think Triangle Colorstory should be sent to Makaha Valley, it would look great over my sewing bookcase in my little 4'x4' sewing L. :)

    For reals! Don loves it too!

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  17. Oh Rachel, This is so very lovely...I'm in love with triangles too...and the color combo and arrangement you ended up with so speaks to me...truly beautiful and rich. Keep it - you love it. It takes me back to the mindless doodles I used to do in my youth and college days when I was bored and needed something to do with my hands while doing other things with my mind OR trying to stay awake in a boring lecture...they were almost always interconnected triangles.

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  18. these wall art pieces are fantastic. such a great idea!

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  19. oh this is just beautiful! It will fly out of your booth!

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  20. Love this...so brightens up the house immediately! Thanks bunches for sharing!
    Toni
    www.lifeinapinkbunnysuit.com

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  21. brilliant piece of wall art - and looks sensational against the colour of your wall - i don't think i'd even take it to the craft shoW!!

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  22. I would so love to have that hanging on my wall! Just gorgeous.

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  23. Great wall hanging. I'm sure it will sell.

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  24. I love it!! I would have never thought to do something like that!! Your so creative!! :)

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  25. Turns out I'm in a triangle frame of mind too these days! I love your wall art-the color placement is perfect!

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  26. That looks amazing! I need one now! LOL

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  27. Oh my goodness, that wall art is gorgeous, Rachel! Love it!!

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  28. You are really going to town on craft sale stuff. I love the triangle wall hanging/picture.

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  29. It's just amazing!!! I always wanted to sew triangles!! And yep!! you've motivated me now!! I love it!!! I would so want it on our living room wall too!!
    A huge thanks for being so inspirational!
    xx
    Eleni

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  30. No matter how much time they took, they learned to play well together and look beautiful!

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  31. Here I was thinking that star was a deliberate design plan! I love when secondary designs form unexpectedly. Love your wall art, I'm going to have to give that a whirl in the future, thanks for the inspiration!

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  32. What a stunning piece! You will sell it right after you have displayed it in the booth so you better make another one to keep for yourself ;-)

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  33. It is so beautiful it will probably sell!

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  34. The wall hanging is beautiful, it makes a wonderful piece of art! The journal covers blow me away - such a unique look. Very cool. :)

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  35. What a great mix of colors and patterns! Your leftover triangle projects look great too :)

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  36. I think this is one of my favorite things you've ever made. Absolutely love it!

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  37. Rachel this is so beautiful! Feel free to send it to Canada for a vacation, I have a perfect wall for it to hang on.

    You are such an inspiration, I love this art you've created! I am going to try too.

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