Thursday, October 25, 2007

Pattern modification (edited to answer a common question)

I have had this pattern "kitted-up" for YEARS! I still like the pattern, & I really don't know why it is still just kitted up.

(I have a theory...)

My fabrics pretty much mimic these...

But I have a lot of Hanukkah decorations/quilts. I don't really need another one.

I have decided to turn this into a Mizrach. Mizrach, meaning "East", defines a decoration hung on the walls of the home or synagogue to indicate the preferred direction or orientation for prayer, i.e. facing east toward Jerusalem.

My question to you, should the letters be white, since I will not be doing the candles?

The letters will be in the sky - like a moon/sun, without rounding them... The candles & flames will be completely eliminated. I am going to start with the city & audition a day sky & the original night sky - I am partial to the night sky... I will also audition a few choices for the letters in Mizrach. I have gold "fibers" to couch around the outlines of the buildings & for the star in the one building - I will probably couch some around the letters too. (PLAYING with a new foot.)

11 comments:

dee said...

I know you already have a lot of Hanukkah secor. but this is really stunning. It's just beautiful. I would make the letters white. The effect here in the original is beautiful so I'm sure the letters will be as well. So lovely, Amy.

dee said...

that's DECOR-DUH!! Sorry, it's very early in the morning and I'm very caffeine deprived.

Debbie Harris said...

This is stunning. I can't wait to see the finished product.

ROZ said...

If you plan to applique the letters, you might want to make the hanging, and then audition different color letters.

Shelina said...

I don't think it needs to be white, but it would look equally nice in white. Make sure you have enough contrast between the white and the yellow background - it may be too hard to read otherwise - or maybe you can outline the white letters with blue.

Tanya said...

That really is a lovely pattern. I'd go for the white too or maybe a light "stone" cplor to match the buildings...Wait a minute. Where are the letters going to be? On the yellow fabric or where the candles are?

Tracey in CT said...

I'm not sure that I am understanding the question. Where are the letters going to be, in the 'sky' where the candles are in the picture? If so, white would be good, but I think red would be very nice as well. Or maybe even the gold color, but I like the red flames on the candles, so I think red woudl be great.
This is a very lovely design.

Karen said...

Oh, I love this design, really love it. Also like the candles...in more of a bone color. But if no candles, and you're appliquing, agree with Roz, audition once the rest is done. Love it!

Rose Marie said...

This will make a stunning wall quilt and I'm thinking gold colours and embroidering gold stars at the ends of some of the letters so that it would look like stars in the sky.

Janet said...

I too have this pattern and haven't yet made it up - maybe sometime - lol.I like the idea of replacing the menorah with letters for Mizrach and think auditioning a good idea - what about a silvery lame or a brilliant shade of gold for the letters?

Tami said...

Great pattern for a Mizrach .. reminds me of a painting that our cousins got in Jerusalem. It depends on whether you're going to do the quilt in the same colors as what's pictured on the pattern. If so, then I think that either shades of blue (a bit lighter than the sky) or shades of gold. But you could also opt to make this a daytime view with colorful buildings and a vibrant sky made from a batik. Then you could do the letters in a bold color to stand out. Either way, I can't wait to see what you come up with. :-)