I built "Soar" from the bottom up (and can you tell what my favorite color is?). To achieve the color gradation, I set a few strips here and there that were parts of colors surrounding the one I was working on. I share more detailed tips on piecing a "planned improvisational" background in my Orange Peels and Improv classes. The finished size is 41" x 57".
Orange peels have become a fascination of mine and a great pleasure to indulge in. I have so many more plans for modern traditional quilts with them. Making peels is a process that, while laborious at times, is also thoroughly relaxing. The work really comes into play with the improvised background. In this quilt, I played with the scale/size of peels and placed them all on solid backgrounds so that they would pop against the scrappiness I'd planned. You can see more about the process and many more pictures here.
For the quilting, I felt that all of the rectangles and squares needed to be contrasted with curves. The spirals are supposed to evoke the wind carrying the petals away from the only "whole" orange peel at the bottom left (yes, there's a ghost peel there!).
Lots of Anna Maria Horner goodness on the back. This quilt is for keeps!
Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy the Festival!