|Another Life Book 2014 assignment completed.|
I am left handed. I didn't give this much thought when I was growing up until my school had tennis as an option. I showed up at the courts with my fellow students and the teacher asked if any of us were left handed. I was the only left handed one. She then said in what sounded to me like an exasperated voice, "well just do what ever I do only backwards." No surprise I am not a tennis player. However, one of my strengths is that I am a problem solver. I believe I owe this in part to being left handed. Tennis is not the only thing I have had to learn by finding my own way. I believe that being a problem solver is the key to being able to salvage many an artwork that at first glance seems destined for the trash. I would go so far as to conjecture that problem solving is to art as building strong flexible muscles is to an athlete. This week my mixed media lesson asked us to create a piece listing our positive qualities. Perhaps I should have put being left handed on the list. :)
Another positive quality was my positive, take charge attitude as I plunged ahead with my newest WIP (work in progress) and attacked a few other projects besides. Here is how my week played out:
1) Tickling the Ivories aka Got Jazz - Due March 15th
|Background for Tickling the Ivories|
I spent 2006 - 2008 working nearly exclusively with black and white fabrics. Periodically I like to return to that palette. It never grows old for me.
a) Select the fabrics - Done!
b) Plan out the basics of the quilt - Done!
c) Start the quilt - Done!
2) Express Your Love II - A Leah Day project.
a) Finish piecing the arms from hexagons. - Done!!
b) Baste the face, torso and arms to the quilt. - This will have to wait until my quilts with pressing deadlines are completed.
3) Do Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting lesson. - Done
4) LifeBook 2014 - Do the assignments. - Done
There were actually three assignments taught by Tamara Laporte, the brains and organizer behind Life Book 2014. All of the assignments used spray inks, something I don't own. I do have some spray fabric dyes so I substituted those. I expect I would have been happier with the inks. I have so much to learn as a newbie to mixed media. The fact that I was able to follow a PDF on how to draw a face in profile seems like a miracle. This is my second time creating highlights and shadow in a face. I even got courageous and did some planned dripping.
5) Tumbling Blocks I (due April 30) - Continue piecing the quilt. - I didn't get to this. However, I did remove the pieces from my design wall in piecing stacks. This way I have my design wall back and should I find myself with some free time I can always piece the next stack/column.
6) Little Lake Butte des Morts in Fall - a commissioned quilt due August 3
a) Draft the contract - Done
b) Select the fabric - Not yet
c) Start piecing the quilt - Not yet
Let's see if I can keep the momentum going next week. Here are the next steps in my various projects:
1) Tickling the Ivories - Due March 15th
a) Add the accent appliqués
b) Prepare the quilt sandwich
c) Start the quilting
2) Leah Day projects.
a) Baste the face, torso and arms to Express Your Love II.
b) Do Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting lesson.
3) LifeBook 2014 - Do the assignments.
5) Tumbling Blocks I (Due April 30) - Continue piecing the quilt.
6) Little Lake Butte des Morts in Fall (Due August 3) - a commissioned quilt
a) Select the fabric
b) Start piecing the quilt
I am now linking up to two blogs on Friday's. The first is Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project and the second is Nina Marie's Off the Wall Fridays.