"Forest Path" unquilted top Cindy Grisdela 2011

Going back to a simpler idea, “Forest Path” is Day 21 in my art quilt a day for the month of March. Yesterday’s piece, “Block Party,” was a fairly complex design, so I decided today to go back to basics.

I really enjoy making these units I call “wonky stripes,” especially when they are sewn together so the intersections between the colors and shapes create new and interesting relationships. I tried several different backgrounds for this one–blue, cinnamon brown and another green–but this celery green spoke to me of meadows and moss in the woods on either side of the path.

It will be fun to design in some quilting motifs to complement this idea–stylized flowers, pebbles, maybe some tree bark. Once it’s quilted and the texture is added to make the top more three-dimensional, it will be more interesting to look at!

If you’re new to the project, I challenged myself to create one art quilt a day for the month of March. Each piece is 16″x20,” uses only solid fabrics, and is entirely pieced by machine, not fused. I’ll choose the best of them, quilt them and mount them on stretcher bars, and show them in an exhibit later this year. I’m posting nearly every day on my progress, so check back often! My inspiration was fellow artist Jill Banks deciding in January to paint 100 faces in 100 days. Click on her name to see her progress as well.