Catching Up and Under the Weather

Painting TableYes, I have been under the weather and out of sorts, trying to keep things moving along in my studio. But thanks to modern medicine, and lots of sleep, I am back and catching up with my projects. One of them is two great watercolor classes. I worked through the first one (Watercolor Playground)…and am considering the second one. So now, painting is a part of my every day. I set up a table in front of the door out to my deck with all my supplies. I love sitting here and watching the water, and the light is awesome. My daily projects continue with CaptureYourLens with Katrina’s daily photo prompts that are always thoughtful and challenging, and the more recent month challenge of daily ‘list’ prompts.

When I FocusThis was my response to one of the list prompts using some techniques from Tammy’s watercolor class.

Ongoing projects are moving along. My flying geese number almost 850. I’m sewing the geese units into units, and then the long rows are seamed together. It is tedious and those dark seams don’t always match! But I love how it is coming together. I am pondering the borders….black and white? Bold?

flying geeseOne of the tasks I managed to do when I wasn’t feeling so well was my ‘refolding’ fabric project. ¬†My friend, Freddy Moran, told me last time she was in my studio that a quilter’s fabric stash is part of her art. The stacks of fabrics are an art unto itself. So out of the large bins one piece at a time, pressed if needed, and folded more or less to the same size. It does look better, I agree, and it is easier to look for something specific, but will I ever get it all folded? Now I need more shelves…

StacksI love the rush of a new project. I saw a quilt in Colorific by Pam Goecke Dinndorf that grabbed my interest – Trefoils. It is made from 60deg triangles. I loved her analogous red/orange color way, but I ventured into red/oranges and teal blues. I’m not so comfortable with blues, so the trefoils changed to black and whites, then to shot cottons, and finally back to the teal. It is ready to be sewn together having gone together very easily. But now, all those Y seams….yikes!!!!!

O'sStars2And don’t you love this quilt? ¬†Eyelashes was made by LeeAnn Decker. It was displayed in the Quilter’s Anonymous Quilt Show in Monroe this weekend. Pickle Dish is on my list of quilts to make….

EyelashesA new book to put on your list, Adding Layers, by Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession. There are great quilts projects and ideas for your “To Do” list.

Adding LayersI hope you have a wonderful week ahead. Maybe spring is beginning to show in your garden. My bluff is coming to life with color. The crocus are up, and the forsythia is full of opening yellow buds. The old, very old, red plum tree is laden with blooms. The tulips are up. I hope things in your view are coming to life with color.

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  1. I love this post, Opal. Even though I don’t quilt myself, I feel the work embracing me. I like your refolding fabric project, especially the end result of the orange eye candy photo.