The topic for this challenge was the Four Elements but I couldn't work out a piece to include all four elements except for a landscape/seascape/thunderstorm sort of piece. Fine ideas, all. I just wasn't in a mood to do any of those. Instead I was in a mood to practice curved improvisational piecing. I was a chemist in a former life and I'm claiming scientific license (instead of artistic license) to adapt the subject to fit my interests. So I found these shiny, metallic fabrics which could be taken to represent four actual earth elements--copper, silver, gold and cobalt. The curvy logs represent the elements as building blocks occurring in veins.
This was intended for the back of the page but I got the shape of it all wrong and didn't notice until it was quilted. I can't claim a learning experience as I have no idea how it happened nor how to prevent it in the future. I should have flipped it once for a mirror image but worked an extra twist into it somehow. I cut stencils from freezer paper and filled in with a paint stick. A quick and easy technique for a simple design to be used only once. I didn't think it was worth doing over as I had the experience and that's all I really care about.
September 15 is the reveal date for this challenge. You may see all the submissions at Challenging Ourselves.