Monday, October 25, 2010

Present Tense

So I DID get a few things done over the summer . . . now that that's clear, fast forward to this week!

Here’s what I’m working on now:

Dyed fabric. I’m trying to get solids, because I’m reading Jean Wells’ Intuitive Color and Design. She uses a lot of solids in her work, and I love the way they look.

I used the gallon plastic bag method and squished a lot, but I still got some mottling:


I machine-pieced this quilt top a couple of weeks ago. Then I thought I would try some needle-turned appliqué. Why? Well, this is going to sound silly to some people: I love certain TV shows, but I get bored watching them and need something to do with my hands. I really enjoyed the hand-appliqué process and think I’ll do more of it. I’m using the methods from the Becky Goldsmith & Linda Jenkins Teach You to Applique the Piece O' Cake Way DVD, and it’s really not difficult at all:


I think I’ll hand-quilt it, as well.

Finally, I’m taking yet ANOTHER online class—this one with Jane Lafazio on her watercolor sketchbook techniques. Here are my first watercolor sketches:





I love these little sketches because they are quick and there’s no pressure, but I learn a lot about color, highlights and shadows, white space, composition, etc. Look for more of these in the next couple of weeks!

Is everyone excited about the Houston Quilt Show???!!!


norma said...

Your dyed fabrics are so pretty and I love the mottling. That says hand-dyed to me. I have a friend who taking Jane's class, too. Nice work!

Jeannie said...

I like you watercolor sketches, they are great! I am hoping Jane offers the class again as I had too much on my plate to play now. I love online classes, so I understand wanting to take them all. Have a great week.

Cindy Cooksey said...

Well, you seem pretty busy to me! Love the sketches, fabric, etc.

TextileTraveler said...

Thanks everyone! I can't wait to find time to use that fabric, but I probably won't get anything done until after Houston . . . and then, of course, I'll come home with a truckload of NEW projects/fabrics/patterns etc.!

Gina said...

I think your mottled fabrics are perfect! Whenever I dig into my stash for solids I always pick the mottled ones. And your sketches are great!

Rayna said...

I personally think that mottled fabric is far more interesting and beautiful than plain solids. These are lovely.

Rachel Murphree said...

Michele, these sketches are wonderful! I like Jane's work.