I found the monochromatic challenge very appealing, so I set out to make a piece almost straight away. A map seemed to be the obvious choice – a variety of shades of one colour for the fields, black and white for the buildings, grey for the roads and paths.
My first thought was using green – the obvious colour for fields. However I thought it may be too ‘strong’ without other, warmer colours to counteract it – too stark with just black and white. So I opted for purple – the colour of dusk.
Purple is a mixture of mainly red and blue, so its shades can veer towards the blue or the red. If a lot of red is added, it becomes too pink. So I opted to combine both purples - those veering towards red, and some veering towards blue. I had a variety of hand-dyed fabrics fitting the bill so that wasn’t a problem.
The quilt is improvisationally pieced, freehand, using no rulers. The dusk fields are densely machine quilted, with a range of purple threads, and have added stitched ‘paths’ using a double needle and two different grey threads. There is some minimal quilting in the white areas, and none in the black areas; and none either on the grey roads.
How does it relate to my Magic and Science theme? Well – these kinds of views from above weren’t easily available before cameras, aeroplanes, and satellites – so there is the science connection.
The size is 40” high by 22” wide. I am very happy with it.