The studio has been humming with busy for weeks now. It seems summer rolled into fall seamlessly with a startling awareness of the change in weather this past week. I love the fall winter weather here in the northwest corner of the country…rain, fog, snow, and sweater cool. From my studio looking out the wall of windows, I can see the storms coming head on, watch the sun slipping behind the horizon, and like yesterday, see the blindingly bright blue sky with billowy clouds overhead. So what has been going on here? There continues to be visiting quilt artists staying in the guest room upstairs. I love these visits for many reasons. It gives me the unique time to sit at the table with a cup of tea and listen to stories. The most recent visitor was Freddy Moran. She was here to do two days of workshops on Vashon Island, and three days in Mt. Vernon. Both were well attended and fun and full of creative energy. Many quilters came from other states to be a part of these events. Kelly Cat came from Reno and her work was explosive on the design wall…a huge Day of the Dead collage. Loretta Romenko, from Vancouver BC, created a Lone Star. I had photos, but alas, in the world of computers, I lost two weeks of my photos in iPhoto when I updated to the new operating system. I’m hoping to have photos of these finished works soon to share.
On my design wall are blocks for my Mosaic O’s….an interpretation of the pickle dish and wedding ring patterns. It was quick to put together because it is raw edged appliquéd. The design emerges from the use of light and dark values. I used some very old fabrics from my stash.
I pinned a quilt onto my long arm yesterday….it is a queen sized quilt and one of the largest I have quilted. The pattern is from the Modern Blocks book by Susanne Woods, Binary. This is a Christmas gift for my daughter and I think it will be lovely on her bed. She did want ‘a quiet quilt’…..
Another quilt I finished last week is Blades and Red. It is a pattern from Kathy Doughty’s book Adding Layers. It is an easy and quick to put together quilt. I started out with the idea of using all black and white fabrics, but soon, and partially by accident, saw that a bit of cream and taupe added much warmth to the design. The red centers are raw edged on in the quilting. I’m thinking about the next one…maybe using dots?
Another finished project is the 2012 Collaborative Year Project. The guidelines were loose on this one. We agreed to a color palette, but decided to have no requirement on the size of the blocks. This sounds good and easy doesn’t it? But trying to fit together a year’s worth of various sized blocks was challenging. The theme was mapping. I used black and white fabrics to suggest streets on a city grid, and the border fabric looked like chain link fencing.
I’m back to work on my assignment for a new online class with Koosje, Draw It While Its Hot. I love to draw food, not so much do I love to cook. But, it is something I am feeling more comfortable with. So today I sketch ‘things’ in my kitchen…as many as I can fit onto one page. More on that next time. Have fun with your fabric….make your work ‘play’….and enjoy the process of sewing and stitching and creating with fabric.