Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
...and the sunset view.
Another reason for the visit was that I was teaching a hand-dyed fabric class to the ladies in my former Pensacola area bees, the Killer Bees and the Fringe. Eileen G. graciously offered her barn studio and yard as our work area (and her expertise in culinary arts for lunch), so we all gathered at her Lillian, AL home for a day of creating, talking, eating, talking, and artful messy fun.
We had work stations indoors and outdoors. This was the indoor dye table.
And here's the outdoor area...
We had 6 ladies indoors and 8 outdoors (if I counted right). We were all dye stained and exhausted by the afternoon, but I think it's safe to say that fun was had by all.
Ann, Pat, Dorothy, Wynnell, Mary Elma, Lori we missed having you there. I love you all, ladies!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Designing borders: These quilt top photos are printed on regular paper, two on each side (see yesterday's blog). I've sketched some border ideas and, at this point, I like the border sketches on the small quilt, but the larger one is iffy. I'll try another border design on the other side of the sheet. Once I've got the designs, I'll use colored pencils to find the best choice of color.
These pieces-in-progress were sewn using the scraps from the above two scrap quilts. Humm, scraps squared!...but we'll use the British term, "crumbs".
...And this is the start of a new project. It's another sample for my String Quilt Blocks workshop and Stretching the String lecture. These equilateral triangles are so fun to work with. More on this one later.
What's this? A lovely downtown Athens, GA shop with...
...my hand dyed fabrics! The store is Helix (E. Clayton St., Athens) a unique boutique with wonderful gifts, cards, creative and hard-to-find items. I especially like the soy candles, unusual kitchen gadgets, tea sets and Moleskin notebooks. Stop in for a visit.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Anyhoo, I have these two quilt tops without borders on design walls and I've been trying to decide what to do for borders. I cropped the photos you see and printed them off on a couple of sheets of paper, which makes designing the borders easier. Border ideas are sketched around the actual quilt photos so that I can really see what they might look like. Colored pencils will help too.
"Border patrol" consists of hanging my quilt tops and allowing my subconscious mind to work while I'm doing other things. Last night while organizing my studio an idea developed for the rail fence border and I wrote it down right away before it disappeared. If the idea pans out, I'll show it to you in a future post.
The next time you have a decision to make about a quilt, try hanging it in plain view and allowing your mind to play with design ideas. Every now and then I get an idea in the middle of the night and hop up to write it down. This works with math too, by the way...a 20 minute nap always brought the answer for my Calculus homework. When I couldn't figure out a problem I'd get very sleepy, so I'd lay down for a few minutes. When my head was through figuring the problem, I woke up knowing the answer! We have amazing brains!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I like this new quilt top, which was made for my Bricks & Tiles class, but I don't like the way the border turned out. The dark indigo square and brick on the outside of the quilt interrupt the look of the border. That may be a good look for some quilts, but I don't like it with this one. Humm. How about a light inner border?