Friday, July 22, 2016

Big Idea at QBL - Off the Wall Friday

OUR CLASSROOM - GREAT HUH?!
Greetings from Quilting by the Lake 2016 Wow!  What a great week I'm having in Rosalie Dace's class, Skin Deep.    We're studying layering and transparency using sheers and other non-traditional quilting fabric - aka NOT cotton!  Its was so fun getting out my vast collection of sheers for this
class. Its finally a chance to play with all the shiny princess fabrics I've been hording!

Rosalie, as always, is great!  She has been suggesting a series of exercises each day for us aimed at getting us comfortable with manipulating the sheers to reveal and conceal our work.  Now, since she's the type of teacher that understands that each student is unique, she also gave us the choice to do those or  work on a couple of smaller pieces the whole week or work on one big piece.

And what did I choose??  Yep!  You guessed it - one big piece.  Now, this week I wasn't going to - truly!   But when one gets a big idea - one has to go with it!  So I did!!

As always, I started with a value sketch and then picked a palette.  Luckily I only brought one palette
with me so that made that part VERY easy.   I recreated the sketch by just working out the proportions of the jars when blown up.  Then just matched the jar with the right fabric - easy right?  Not!!  I spent a bunch of time in trials.  Here's  a peek into the process ...


FOCAL POINT TOO LIGHT

FOCAL POINT IS MEDIUM VALUE TOO DARK (SMALL RED VASE)
It is nice to have a splash of red in the corner

FOCAL POINT NOW BLENDS TOO WELL WITH THE BACKGROUND
This one is just right - BUT it blends so well that it changes the focal point to the patterned hand dyed vase on the upper right.

The rest of the designing went pretty easily.  In fact, so easily that I'm the process of adding thread work and quilting.  Next week I'll share with you a complete review of my week of QBL as well as the finished piece!

So What Have You Been up to lately???

9 comments:

quiltedfabricart said...

Very interesting how the focal point changes like that. Sounds like a great and fun class.

Jenny Lyon said...

I am a hundred percent jealous! I love that classroom, I would love to take Rosalie, and I love sheers. I can't wait to see what you make!

Jenny Lyon said...

I am a hundred percent jealous! I love that classroom, I would love to take Rosalie, and I love sheers. I can't wait to see what you make!

Pam said...

I like it that the focal point changed to the patterned vase. sounds like a very interesting class to learn. I never think about anything but what I like when I make a quilt. A class like this would really cause a person to look at things differently.

Sylvia said...

I have heard good things about Rosalie! You lucky duck! I love seeing how you work, you always plan out the details. I work opposite, by the seat of my pants! I can't wait to see your project in the next phase.

Gwyned Trefethen said...

Blown away by the classroom. I did a week at QBL years and years ago. Judy B. Dales was the guest lecturer. What a hoot. Looks like you are making excellent use of your time with Rosalee.

Nina Marie said...

Hi Gwyned - well if you were there the week that Judy Dales spoke then I was too!!! I saw her lecture the first year (2000 ... I think!) and then signed up for her class in 2003. That was in Morrisville though - 7 or 8 yrs ago we moved her to Onondaga Community College here in Syracuse which is wayyyyyyy nicer!

Madalene Axford Murphy said...

I took a class with Rosalie years ago at QBL (Morrisville) and it was one of those life/art-changing experiences. I'm sure you had a great time with her.

Cay Denise said...

I so love Rosalie's work! I hope you had a terrific class and learned alot!