"Courtyard" unquilted top Cindy Grisdela 2011

“Courtyard” is Day 26 of my art quilt a day project for the month of March. It’s getting down to the end!

I decided to try some different colors in this one–it turned out darker than I would have liked, but the design was interesting to create. The mustard colored fabric is a little tricky to use because it tends to draw attention to itself. It’s not my favorite color, but it really brings out the other colors in the design. I think the layout would have been a little bland without that striking color to lead the eye around the block.

This piece probably needs to be quilted “inside the lines” so there will be a different motif in each “round” of the courtyard.

The design idea for this one came from a blog on I read yesterday about how creating art is like following a labyrinth. It’s all about the journey–that’s one important lesson I’ve learned from this project! You can read the blog post here.

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.