like beach huts. It looked all wrong (no photos of that bit!).Then I consulted my artistic gurus (thank you Nicky and Avril) . OK. Distance shown by darker and duller colours. I laid out more pieces and did the initial 'sketch' stitching to hold the pieces down and add a little detail.
Next I 'pebbled' the foreground shingle, and found that I couldn't shift the scale quite as I'd hoped, as my shingle wasn't significantly bigger on the RH piece.
sheep in after all, just of the salt marsh variety.
(and I've just misplaced the photo of that in Blogger, so won't have to show you that stage!).
Was it enough? No! I have to trim the pieces to 12" x 7 3/4" and hope that the narrow binding 'frame' will fill some of the empty unquilted space (and also not be too floppy).
Initial ideas about colourful windmills and some bunting joining the pieces are thrown out. It's not what I started out expecting to make. If I'm honest, if I'd known at the start that I wanted this much colour in the background I'd have laid down a fabric background rather than thread painting it. On the other hand, I've never tried something like this before, so it was fun to experiment!
Bound, labelled, finished!
And this is just one 'detail' shot of the LH piece. I'm not sure about the bucket and spade, but I quite like the spilt water! I hope you've found my building process for these quilts interesting. Perhaps you'll be inspired to go and play yourself, without worrying too much if the final product isn't quite what you had in mind!
PS If you head to Norfolk this weekend or next in order to look for salt marsh beach huts, make sure you leave enough time to go to Melton Constable to buy some terrific glass from Nicky Webb. Norfolk Open Studios sounds great, but I have personal knowledge that Nicky's glass is super!