Friday, January 16, 2009

Got a Hand?

I can absolutely draw my own hand. I love drawing hands. They are harder than faces, and I love drawing those too.

A friend suggested I put my hand on the sampler quilt, on one side of the house. I thought it was a great idea. So I traced my hand.

Then I worked out how I would piece it. So far, so good.

And then I tried to free-piece it. This looks like a clumsy rake to me.

And this looks like a sick rubber glove.

Makes me think I might actually have to cheat and use paper piecing (eeek). I will absolutely NOT applique this. The rest of the quilt is pieced, this hand will be pieced too.

because, you know, the idea has legs.

(okay, okay, I couldn't resist. I love a good [bad] pun.)


Callie said...

I had an idea about your "sick rubber glove" and what you could try. I like the way the middle two fingers of the pink hand come together in a v. If you took the rubber glove hand and made the fingers meet the "palm" in a v or more of a v I think you might like it better. Love the quilt!

Tine said...

Your sampler is coming together beautifully. I like seeing you trial-hands. It is a tremendous help to see how you work your way to the right design :)

Joyce said...

I think the second one is fine. Maybe it's the fabric that makes it look like a rubber glove.

jovaliquilts said...

Your tracing and piecing design was so great, I was trying to figure out why the pieced ones weren't quite right. I think Joyce is right that the fabric doesn't work on the second one. On the first one, some of the fingers seem thicker than they did in the drawing.
Thanks for sharing the attempts, really neat to see.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

I love those fun free-pieced hands - they have lots of personality. as always I would be thrilled to find them a home.