Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Chicken a Go-Go

The chicken quilt needed a kick in the ass.

At the beginning, I thought it could use tiny blue-green dots like the ones on either side of ROAST and SOUP. 



But nope. Too small. No zing. No pop.

I thought the forks might do it.
Truthfully, that was wishful thinking. They were too small and never did have enough contrast.

Sometimes the answer is right in front of your face. (See those "flying geese" triangles...)

This isn't the final layout, and I have a lot to do to make this really "work," but THIS is MUCH BETTER! The layout on top (and the letters didn't move much) was not going anywhere visually or metaphorically.  But the addition of the dark orange "flying geese" gives this some punch, pizzazz, and interest.

It also changes the whole dynamic of the piece. A quilt about getting TIRED of chicken could be a real snooze-fest.  We all know that's not the kind of quilts I make. This is one of those times when MORE is BETTER. Instead of chicken a No-go (at the top), this is chicken a Go-go.


6 comments:

Cherie in St Louis said...

Woot Woot, the flying geese do make it sing. It's been interesting seeing this quilt develop from the initial story. Weeeee.......

The Selvage Fairy said...

The flying geese give it the feeling of going in circles, or through a maze that won't end until you "Let the chicken go". Brilliant as usual.

Judy in Michigan said...

How about a pile of chicken bones in the lower right corner? or the word chicken very small or with the last 3 letters missing?

I am enjoying this so much...can't wait to see more...

Alice Turcotte said...

Watching the chicken quilt develop is sssooo enjoyable. Thank you.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Fun to watch you work through the process and find your groove!

Millie said...

No chicken bones. There are no chicken bones in the quilt anywhere else. I don't need to add a new element now. (But I did think of adding bones.)

Chicken words with letters missing is part of the plan. Stay tuned.