37" by 24"
hand dyed cotton by the artist
machine pieced, machine quilted
I managed to keep the promise I made to myself to be more productive on Sunday. Not only did I manage to get 4
- count them
loads of laundry done (which means clean
underwear for tomorrow - yay!) but I also spent hours and hours in the studio painting and quilting.
Yep - you read that right
! If you've been paying attention you know that I'm not this big lover of the surface design end of art quilting. I mean - yeah
understand that I need
to dye my own fabric and occasionally
add some kind of design on it for my work - but I'm not this big fan. It all seems
messy - a bit
expensive and well - okay
- a bit scary
(even after a 5 day class with Jane Dunnewold!
) So I don't often get out my paints. That said, this week I got my order from C&T's publishing's warehouse sale. Included was Mikey Lawler's SkyQuilts
book. She makes it look so easy and reminded me that - Paint is my friend.
So after reading her book - twice - I pulled out the supplies - searched out some nice Kona Cotton pieces and mixed up some sunset colors. Why sunsets? Well, all summer, I've been meaning to play with the some small quilt ideas centered around the Lake Erie and its gorgeous beaches. Now here was my chance!
Really, it wasn't too hard either. Basically, you just wet down the fabric
(just damp - not to wet where it puddles your hands when you pat it), use a natural bristle brush and do horizontal movements
of the different colors. I chose to mix up red, red orange, orange and purple using Setacolor transparent paints. They worked fabulously well and were super easy. I mixed half paint - half water
testing out the colors to make sure they were the shades I wanted. Then just painted them on - Easy- Peasy!!
Then while they were drying, I spent the afternoon free motion quilting the second in my Cross series. I finished the quilt top last summer but never got around to quilting it. I swear - I think my hatred of basting a quilt made me put off the actual finishing of it! Now with spray basting, I can get it done in a long afternoon.
So I can face this one as well as Fall for our Open Studio next month! Gosh
if I keep up this kind of work - I might just start getting things done
See other great Design boards on Judy's Patchwork Times!
LOVE the quilting pattern you used on the crosses quilt! So topographical. Congrats on all your progress!
Atta girl! Just Do It! see how it works. If it didn't look so good you don't have to show it. (That's my philosophy.) Had to join up to see what you do next. Thanks for the tutorial on labels. I've gotta try that. I recently bought a set of papers to make labels, and the first one blobbed. Expensive papers - went back to JoAnn's. Love your Plus quilt... interesting quilting, too.
I'm so glad to read someone else is just as subdued by the process/mess/effort of dyeing -- as I am. Still, I do it when I need to, and the more I do it, the easier/less messy/less intimidating it gets.
P.S. Love the cross pieces with the geological map-like curvy quilting!
I love your Crosses II quilt.
I don't dye because of all the steps and supplies, but I LOVE the ease of painting. Your pieces are gorgeous, as is the cross quilt. Very inspiring.
great fabric colours and quilting, love it!
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