52 zippers #15: Improv color study

If you’re new to my 52 zippers project, you can read the backstory, see all the zipper pouches, and download basic zipper pouch instructions here.

For this week’s zipper pouch, I wanted to do something to really stretch out of my comfort zone, color-wise. I am a huge fan of Gwen Marston (who isn’t, really?) but her color palette mystefies me. Her pieces all look fantastic but almost every individual color she uses is one I rarely reach for. I thought this was worth more thinking about and playing with for sure. So I chose one of her sketches from her book “37 Sketches”, and tried to replicate it, both in specific color choice and placement, as a learning experience. I figure painters often learn by copying the masters, so why shouldn’t quilters?

Gwen’s original “Small Study 26” from the book “37 Sketches”.

The panel was coming out way larger than I was planning to make the zip pouch (I blame late night planning and math skills. Or lack thereof. Ha!), so I only made part of the sketch. I started with 2.5″ strips of solids, when I think I should have used 1.75″ strips.

Even this partial sketch was seeming bigger than I wanted so I cut the panel in half and used one half on each of the front and back panels of the pouch.

Pouch front

I bordered the panels with Essex yarn-dyed linen in Espresso. Both to frame the piece and because the side and top seams would have been crazy bulky and lumpy if I hadn’t.

Pouch back

I lined it with a Carolyn Friedlander print from Doe called Breeze.

  • Outer pieces: Entire improv panel before cutting in half: 8″ high x 11″ wide. Linen border strips: 1.5″ cut. Backed with fusible fleece.
  • Lining pieces: Cut to same size as exterior panels, about 7″ high x 9.5″ wide.
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 9.5″ cut

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

2017-09-07T20:34:15+00:00 April 16th, 2017|

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