Too Much Purple?

People see red, turn green with envy, are blue, etc., but what emotion is associated with purple? Passion? Overheated prose? Anger? Elegant decadence?

I ended up with a very purple quilt top for a prosaic reason, nothing to do with emotions. The scraps I had, gifted velveteen from a church janitor, and luscious grape fabric I had on hand determined my purple path. I stitched  already pieced scraps from past projects onto old phone book pages. My idea was to do paper piecing light, with far fewer seams sewn through the paper.

The scraps are left from a baby quilt and “Church Windows”

Next, I sewed Marcia Derse’s grape crush solid fabric down around the edges, along with contrasting color handles. It was easier said than done, as sharp angles caused me to misjudge how much fabric to allow.

I also added velveteen edges and tried mixing in different purple fabric. That did not go well.

I abandoned the velveteen edges and tried other corner treatments made of velveteen and silk.

I didn’t like the clunkiness where the corners meet. I also decided to eliminate a row of blocks and add a border. I was bound and determined to use the velveteen. It’s not your eyes; the photo is out of focus.

I’ll spare you all the fiddling I did, but I eventually settled on the following arrangement.

The corners are spread out and work on a border has begun.

I decided to drop the narrow inner border. The color is really a yellow green, which photographs more yellow than it is.

The present state of “Deep Purple.”

Right now it’s quite prickly looking. Maybe I’ll get it quilted this year or maybe I’ll decide to change it and save the quilting for 2019.

I’m linking to Off The Wall Friday.


Filed under In Process, Modern Quilting

18 responses to “Too Much Purple?

  1. I’m with Melanie, I am feeling like at this point, the slashes in the border are leading me out of the quilt. Maybe the wonky flag shapes could be repeated a few places in the border? Either with smaller scale blocks, or even in the quilt stitching? I know whatever you come up with, I will like, because you always work in so many layers of interest.

  2. Madalene A Murphy

    You can’t have too much purple for me. Love the funky center interior with its wonky rectangles and those little splashes of color you added with the triangles. Border is a little too active for me at this point.

  3. I really like the corner joins between the blocks now. Their scale is good relative to the centers of the blocks. I’m wondering about the borders. I’m wondering what would happen if they were somewhat narrower and edged again with … something. My first thought is, what if the yellow-green were bordered by the dark on the opposite edge, or something about that value but not necessarily the same color. I think my main discomfort is with the balance, and maybe with the lines running out the edge at different angles. They don’t necessarily need to stop running out with a hard edge, but is there some way to focus them more? I dunno, just thoughts, since you aren’t sure it’s done.

    • Will be trying other solid colors next to the yellow-green borders. I’ve ordered some dull greens I may try. I tried blocking off some of the border width, but it looked too meager. Glad I’m not under a deadline for this as it gives more time for rumination. Thanks for your ideas.

  4. Judy P.

    The border treatment makes this work for me. The two different colors and then the slashes. Wow.

    • Yeah, without the edges the rectangles don’t hold together. I was trying for a border that didn’t come across as a border, and I really, really wanted to use up that purple velveteen.

  5. I think it is cool and I’m not an especially “purple person” but I love the first photo and before reading on I thought you were going to share a mixed media piece – fabric patchwork on printed paper! I’m sure in time it will tell you what to do.

    • If I thought high acid newsprint would hold up, I’d give it a go. Maybe printing phone directory pages onto paper? Check out the work of Ines Seidel for great use of paper with thread and stitching.

      • You make a good point regarding acidity. Printing on an acid-free paper is an idea. One of the Blick Art stores in our area has spectacular hand made paper. Thank you for the Ines Seidel link. I have seen some of her work in the past.

      • Lucky you, to have a local Dick Blick store. I do have a local arts and crafts store, but I notice they keep discontinuing the good artists’ supplies in favor of cheaper ones.

  6. Purple is for healing. Maybe it is a sign for the coming year.

  7. Jane

    My all-things-purple-loving niece and her grape-juice-loving grandson would definitely tussle for this one, Joanna! I love the energy! I quite agree with reducing the number of blocks. At the first photo I was thinking to change 4 of the greens to blue, but the final 8 balance nicely, especially with the way you did the borders. I like the yellow inside and out. The only thing my eye is looking for is a bit of a 3rd color to pop, especially in the purple fields. Maybe a few thin splashes (slashes?) of teal? Looking forward to seeing this one in person!

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