Tuesday, April 24, 2012

color challenge #3... avocado...








Week 3's challenge from Victoria is avocado. This is another one of those colors that looks mucky but sets off others beautifully. There are lots of great color combinations with avocado but this block is inspired by all the wonderful things growing in the garden in the spring.

Greens are one of the few colors where warm and cool members of the family look good together. I added lots of different ones and some pops of flowery brights.

Here is the starter fabric on the lower left and the added fabrics...







Monday, April 23, 2012

frieda anderson...



Last week I got to take a workshop with renowned fiber artist Frieda Anderson. I spent a day learning multiple methods of collage and raw edge fusing to create art quilts. Above are some of the design elements I made with her hand dyed fabric. Realized that I have issues with raw edge that I need to get over. Have got this weird concern about the durability of these methods which is silly because these pieces are not meant to be washed. After all, I don't worry about cleaning my prints or oil paintings. If you ask my husband he'll attest to the fact that I don't worry enough about cleaning anything... In any case, this was the class to confront these fears. I learned a ton. It was lots of fun to cut up gorgeous fabric and attach pieces together by iron on release paper with not a sewing machine in sight.




Of greatest interest to me was when Frieda explained how she achieves the colors in her hand dyed cottons and silks. Have dyed lots of wool in the past and mistakenly thought that cotton and other plant fibers were more difficult to color. Of course I bought her new book which shows you how to dye 72 swatches from just 3 dyes. I've got a whole bin of fabric rejects as well as yards of muslin that are going to become my experimental subjects. Will practice on cotton first and build up my nerve to try dyeing silk...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

and the giveaway winner is...



Instead of using the Random Integer Generator, I decided to use my favorite 8 year old Random Energy Generator to pick a winner for my blog's first anniversary giveaway. Take it away Miss H...




Congratulations to Michelle Hudak! Please email me your contact details. I will ship your goodies off as soon as I hear from you. Many thanks to everyone for helping me celebrate!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

color challenge #2...bumble beans inc...





OCHRE...



This week's challenge was ochre or "baby poo" as my friend (and a newly minted mother) said. Well, one person's "ick" is another person's "ooh la la ". Had fun this week as ochre is one of my faves. Think it looks great with almost anything! I have many visual associations with this color but my block this week was inspired by Provence. The design is based on an antique tile. I used a fat quarter from a bin of fabric that I was going to donate with some Kaffe Fassett scraps to sew the block. Since my mauve also came from this bin of uglies am thinking that I better hang on to it until Victoria's challenge is over as odds are something needed will be in there!

Here is the starter fabric...



Here are the added fabrics...





Am really enjoying these exercises and the relaxing nature of making my own fabric... Looking forward to the next color challenge! Check out everyone else's blocks...


Also, if you are interested in participating in my blog anniversary giveaway please click and read the post here.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

first blog anniversary and giveaway...




Well I can't believe it has been a year since I started this blog. It has been a less productive one than usual dotted with injuries and illnesses with lots of work and not enough creative time... BUT on a happier note, I've made some great friendships, learned lots and "met" some truly inspiring artists in the process. My goal in the coming year is to learn more, make more and post more. To celebrate my blog's anniversary, I'd like to offer a giveaway. The first part is the book "Make it Sew Modern" by the talented Vanessa Christenson and the second is a whack of fabric from Moda.






I will mail the book, one pristine fat quarter bundle of 40 fabrics...




and 2 matching jellyrolls...




ANYWHERE in the world. You must be a follower and tell me what you'd like to make with these goodies... Will draw the winner on April 19th. Good luck and thank you for making my entry into the blogosphere so enjoyable. I appreciate each and everyone of you!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

color challenge... bumble beans inc...




 Victoria  of Bumble Beans Inc has created a series of color challenges that I am thrilled to be participating in. The idea is to explore difficult colors as well as develop and experiment with new palettes using "made" fabric from your scraps. The hope is that the exercises inspire and encourage creativity with color.

The first challenge color is mauve... YUCK!




This is my starter fabric pulled from the depths of a deep and mysterious bin...




These are what I added in the way of tons of scraps sewn together...






Here the "made" fabric is recut and reformed to make this block based on an antique tile design...




The following is a recap of my thought process. Initially, the mauve evoked an image of an 80's dental office and not in a good way. The more I thought about mauve the more it reminded me of a scene in a film from years ago which recreated a Victorian funeral vaguely reminiscent of this image...




A gleaming black hearse was pulled by equally gleaming black ponies with purply/mauve plumes on their heads. They were set against a vivid green and flowered English countryside. For my block, Kaffe Fassett was the "go to guy" for choosing fabrics in the pink and violet families. I also added lots of green which made my mauve fabric look quite tan. Am surprised by how much I like the block as I don't usually gravitate towards chalky pastels. Not sure more mauve is on the shopping list (maybe some lilac) but it was an interesting exercise to use it. Look forward to seeing where Victoria sends us next... Check out her website to read more about what other people made with mauve. This series of color challenges is going to be an interesting journey...
Join in!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

bloggers bom #7...


Have been crazily busy so Jackie's BOM seems to be one of the few sewing commitments I seem able to keep these days. Given that each month's block is a single 8.5", it is evident that my machine and I are definitely not spending enough time together! This one comes from Cluck Cluck Sew and is made up of Kaffe Fassett scraps and dots like all the others...