Greetings to all our Material Mavens and our followers and friends! Randy sent me this composite quite a long time ago, but I've only recently returned home from another trip to California.
As usual, Randy did a brilliant job with his arrangement. I'll share that rationale with you now, in Randy's words!
"When the word, “strong” was announced I figured this was going to be all over the place – and it was/is. But it sure pulls at the heart strings – it sure pulled out the creative deep emotions this time. It shows that quilting is a true ART form.
When I create these compositions I put all 15 images on the screen and sit back and see if a pattern develops, i.e. color, subject, material pattern, image, etc. Frankly, at first blush, this one had me stumped. But then it just appeared – I hope you see the pattern:
Strong people – and their emotions across the top.
Animals and the emotions they inspire in the next row.
The next row – color coordinated. The story of the lone oak leaf should tug at a Hallmark card – and I hope folks see the family name on the tree trunk. The perspective on the barbell image is wonderful.
The blue row – the face (but just didn’t seem to work for the top row)(and the color works better here), the squares in a square and the third image, “a bridge” – doesn’t that tie the 4th row to the last row?
The yellow row. And Tricia one and two had to stay together.
I tried Strong Baby (yellow) in the bottom row, but the face just didn’t work as well down there as the IDEA of “people” in the top row worked – and the colors work ok in the top row – even though Jane’s color would have worked in the top row also, the theme did not."