Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Strong Quilt Composite

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."


  1. The composite is wonderful. Thanks Randy

    1. Love it that Randy put in Tricia One AND Tricia Two! With Janet still recovering strength and energy from major surgery, she is still on "leave" from the MM group. So the second one of yours rounded out our 15 nicely!

  2. Thanks Randy. Interesting to learn your "technique" for arrangement.

  3. AS Always Randy you are our hero!!!! It's just lovely!!!!