Thursday, March 6, 2014
If I do decide to face this quilt I think I will use Terry Aske’s directions on her blog. This may be less bulky as well as creating better corners.
What do you think? Here are 2 pictures of the quilt. One without binding and one with 1/4 inch binding. I just cut fabric 1/4 inch wide and laid it down on the quilt to see how that would look.
On Monday I did some more snow dyeing (although it was more like crushed ice dyeing). I used 2 purples (plum and blue violet). I used white fabric on top of a grid and put on the snow and powdered dyes. This time I had a piece of unbleached muslin under the grid to catch the dye drips as the snow melted. Both pieces came out great. Nice patterns. What is interesting is how different they look in terms of the purple color. I see the unbleached muslin piece as a stormy night sky with lightning going on.
I sent my sketches off to Elizabeth Barton for our March lesson on line. We are supposed to remake a quilt that we have already done with the emphasis on lines instead of shapes.
Here is my original quilt that I call “California Dreaming.” It is a very small quilt at only about 10 in by 12 in.
I decided to focus on the trees in the background since they seem to be lines in my mind. These are my 3 sketches of the trees.
Now that I see them posted I am not sure I like these at all. They were fun to do, but I am just not sure.
Here is what EB said about them, “I like all of these ideas - student 9 has been careful to vary both positive and negative space which makes these very interesting - and I love the very narrow dark line that edges the medium value. I know she's going to say - oh that was just the drawn line!! BUT when we look at the sketches that is what we see and that's what's adding to their beauty - that very very narrow linear element - so don't then go and omit it when you make the quilt!! Because then you'd wonder why the quilt didn't have the elegance of the drawing. I think all of these work, but probably the first and third are stronger, in that the overall shape of the second one is a little more predictable. You could increase the four patch to a nine patch too - or do a row of patches changing orientation. What makes all of them is the negative space variation. All are so much more painterly and much stronger than the original which is basically a photograph rendered into fabric - nice enough as it is, but nothing special.”
So EB liked the drawings! Why can’t I get the confidence to see what she sees before I send them to her? I liked them to begin with and then I started to doubt them. Maybe I need to go with my first instincts and forget about the doubts? But sometimes something bugs you about a quilt and you do have to change it. When do you know when to go with it and when to change it? I guess that will always be hard for me to answer.
Do you have a lot of confidence in your work or do you still have self doubts? If you are confident were you always that way or did you work through that?
I am linking early to Off the Wall Friday. I will be on the road tomorrow and not able to blog.
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Friday, February 28, 2014
Elizabeth Barton had a good blog on focal point this week. I will have to look at some of my quilts to see if they had a focal point or not. I know for sure one of the pieces that I am most proud of does have a focal point. It was a nature quilt that I made in a class with Ellen Lindner called Create Your Own Nature Quilt. Focal point and where to put it was a big topic of the lessons. It was a very successful quilt and Ellen was a fabulous teacher.
I had my focal point as well as having some of my best free motion quilting. The quilt is 28 in by 38 in.
I have a feeling that a lot of my other quilts do not have a focal point. I wonder if our March lesson will be on focal point!
I am linking to Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays. Check out the other quilts there.
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