Friday, December 7, 2012

I'm going right to the fabric store and try mixing fabrics to make different colors.  Wonder why it didn't work.  Penny

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

I wanted green !!

I thought I had a wonderful, clever idea ... when you mix blue and yellow, you get green. So I planned to do just that and play with all the different shades of green ... I cut yellow and blue organza in wawy stripes and arranged them on a piece of white cotton. Do you see any green in this picture ???
 Well - I don't see any green, too ... Lesson learnt: if you layer different colors of organza, you'll get some pretty nice different shades - of the colors you used. But not necessarily the color you were looking for ;-))

Even when there's no green in there, I still liked the piece - so I quilted it with a wide free-motion zig-zag and bound it. Maybe I put something onto it - what do you think?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Wow!! I work sooooo slowly...Part of the problem was that I'd scrapped my ideas a week ago when I realized I had very little time. I'd hoped to do a quilt-as-you-go piece, inspired by Ann Brauer's work. (Article about her in latest Quilting Arts; her studio/shop is about 45 minutes from where I live.) Then...I really had no time to work last week, except one evening, when I created this as a jumping off point:

Thought I might just slash and re-piece until I came up with something I liked. But I didn't get to a place that I liked. Got as far as what's posted below, and decided that was too busy.

So...I cut up what was left of the original piece and made it into a leaf. Then added the rest. The background is a piece from a class with Jan Myers-Newbury.

I still have some work to do at the top. And then it needs to be quilted. Hope to get to that this week!

As usual, it's been a learning opportunity! :)  I hope to develop a main idea next time and let that inform my work.

I really enjoyed making this quilt (see the picture below.  I lost the dialogue that went with it somehow).   I had lots of handdyes left over from a research project and had seen a quilt many years ago at a quilt show in Maine  that was my inspiration.  Now I'd like to make more leaves, sans the rectangles, in a bunch of crazy color  combinations a la Andy Warhol.  If I could only get someone to cook and clean for me, I could do nothing but sew and design.  What I need is a retreat or  maybe a transformation.

Oops.  The photo didn't make my previous post.  Here is my green leaf.