|Reference photos, sketches and tracings|
currently on my design wall as I make Night Vision.
Before I start assembling a new work I create the foundation. In this case I am using the architectural meaning of a foundation, that aspect of the work upon which the remainder of the work will rest. For me, the foundation of a quilt is composed of strong lines and a focal point. I am easily tempted to rush the early stages and start piecing the work without a reasonably clear vision of how to best assemble the work. In the case of Night Vision there are many different ways to piece it. For instance I could use raw edge appliqué, turned appliqué secured by machine or hand turned and sewn. I could use large swaths of fabric for each leaf, piece each leaf segment by segment or even breakdown each leaf segment in multiple pieces.
|The .pdf of the 9" x 12" drawing has|
been blown up to a scale of
approximately 36" x 48"
|Close up of the to scale drawing showing the overlaps|
and joining required.
One of the advantages of tracing and retracing the lines of Night Vision, is that I get to study it slowly and conscientiously and even subconscientiously as my mind drifts during the repetitive process. The more I worked with the lines, the more ideas of what I could do to build on the foundation occurred to me. I even have a few experimental ideas to play with. I can't wait. This is the time when I am most in love with my work, when it is full of possibilities and promise and I haven't started to tear my hair out coping with the consequences of my genius. :)
|The scaled drawing is then traced to muslin|
and a reverse copy is traced to freezer paper.
The freezer paper image will be used to
create templates for the piecing.
1) Wild Apple 12" x 12" Opportunity - (Due August 15) - Done!
a) Mat and frame the work.
|Now it is time to select the fabric|
for the leaves. Yummy!
2) Night Vision - (Due January 1, 2015)
a) Finish the line drawing - Done!
b) Print out the line drawing to scale!
c) Bonus - marked the line drawing on muslin and in reverse on freezer paper!
d) Start the piecing - Not yet.
|The fabric is a preprinted panel |
designed by Leah Day, available
through Spoonflower. It makes
for a great practice sandwich.
I tested out my Flower Power
FMQ motif in the pink tresses.
3) Free motion quilting practice. - Done!
|A close up of Flower Power|
There are signs that our flower gardens are beginning to fade. So, it is no surprise that I found myself desperate to cling to flowers, hence the Flower Power FMQ design I devised this week. It begins with a simple six petal daisy that I echoed three times before stippling around the flower to allow it stand out and then starting the next flower.
4) LifeBook 2014 - Do the assignments. - Done!
|This week's mixed media lesson|
taught how to add traced images
to a background. The drawings are NOT
my original design, but the placement
of the drawings and background
are all mine.
My hope is to build on this confidence and momentum next week. I think I can. I think can. I know I can, to build on The Little Engine that Could. This is my plan for next week.
a) Start the piecing
2) Free motion quilting practice.
3) LifeBook 2014 - Do the assignments.