This theme threw me for a loop! I just couldn't think of anyway to make "Circles and Squares" interesting.
Then I remembered that years ago, when my husband was part of a car club, we got to tour a private car collection. I loved the arrangements of the dashboards and they were crammed with circles and squares, so that would make a perfect subject.
In creating for these challenges, I have three main objectives: come up with an image I like, try at least one technique that is new to me, and use some of the great supplies in my stash.
|Beautiful design in a vintage car.|
Out of all my dashboard photos, I thought this one had the best balance of circles and squares, and the partial circles were a twist that I would not have thought on my own.
I have no idea what kind of car it is from because I only took pictures of the dashboards!
|Classic Car Dashboard|
All the fabrics I used were from my stash. I had bought a fat quarter bundle of a SAQA collection for Andover Fabrics in 2017, and I used mainly three of those fabrics -- the dark one with orange blotches, the gold one with brown ripples, and the gold and blue one with the raindrop circles.
As I thought about appliqueing the circle shapes, I didn't look forward to satin stitching all the edges. Fortunately I remembered a book on my shelf that showed a landscape with lots of curves -- Dream Landscapes: Artful Quilts with Fast-Piece Applique, by Rose Hughes. Her method is to use couching to cover all the raw edges, so that was the new-to-me technique for this piece, and I really liked it. I used knitting ribbon, bias tape, and weaving yarns to outline the various gauges and dials.
I also had an assortment metallic threads from WonderFil, that came in a box of supplies I got in an online auction, and I used them in straight, zigzag, and satin stitch. I used a needle for metallics, set the tension very low, and used a stabilizer. The threads did break now and then, but not too often.
|Detail showing some of the metallic threads.|
This is definitely one of my favorite pieces of my Endeavourers collection. And there are other dashboard photos from that tour waiting to be turned into art quilts too. :)