Well back from Quilting on the Lake. It was an amazing week and I was so blessed all the way through. First of all, I just love the venue, Onondaga Community College. There are nice close suites to stay at, the food was pretty much great (with a few exceptions) and there is plenty of pretty walking trails where you feel like you're out in the country but safely on campus. Really you couldn't find a nicer place for a conference.
Next came the fabric auditions. So many fabrics wanted to be the star of the piece, but I was aiming for a limited palette and a nice balance of cool colors and just a hint of warm for some tension. Plus, I wanted to add a nice accent color in there. Can't have Elizabeth Barton thinking I had forgotten everything she taught me LOL! I was doing fine until I came to that dang horizon line. Its so hard to get the correct value of fabrics when the range of that value is so small. Still the darkest fabrics ended up near the front and the lightest faded away into the background near the top. It only took about 4 hours to get them that way. Also the accent color needed to be placed around the piece so that it would help the eye move nicely. Because the figure was so dark and saturated against the horizon, the contrast was there for the focal point.
excessively sentimental, sweet,or pretty ) Since I'm not twee by nature - well the Calandar Cows are the exception - it wasn't hard to do. I'm about a quarter the way done with the stitching - which I'm doing with the batt backing. Next time I'm going to layer with a thin muslin backing since the batt tends to get every where. I'm really pleased with the progress so fair on this piece.
So as you can tell, I had great time this week. Jeannette is easily one of the best teachers out there to take a design class from. She's generous with her time (we had a meeting during dinner one day and she came back to check on us at night), she always knows what answer to give you in the least amount of words and she had the patience of a saint. She was so hard working during the week - never leaving when the class time was up and always rotating around the room in case you had a quick question. I loved her inspiring poetry, her funny cartoons and her quick little talks on different aspects of being an art quilter. Really its the kind of week that can sustain your creativity for a year!