Captured Marbles 2011 Cindy Grisdela

Thanks for the nice comments on my “Captured Marbles” piece! I’ve had fun with the stitching on this one–it’s finished and off to the framer to be mounted on a royal blue background.

In addition to the new “feather pebbles” I featured in my last post, I added interlocking spiral, cloud and fan motifs to this piece, plus the “shooting marbles” motif in the circular center. The purple bars separated the composition nicely so I could showcase several different stitching textures. If you right-click on the image, you’ll be able to see the details more clearly.

I really like these wonky circles, but they are proving more difficult than I imaged to stitch effectively. Check back in a couple of days and I’ll show you another option on a different circular composition.

I’ve been working practically non-stop quilting these pieces so they’ll be ready for my upcoming shows in October–the 2011 MPA Artfest on Sunday, October 2 and the Great Falls Studios Studio Tour Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16. Plus they need to be professionally photographed at the end of the month so I’ll have a good record of each piece. There’s a lot to do!

“Captured Marbles” is one of the 30 quilt tops I created in 30 days in March 2011. They are all approximately 16″ x 20″ and use solid fabrics that are pieced, not fused. For more information on the project, click on “March 2011” in the archives on the right.