Tips, Thoughts and Techniques:
|These are the reference papers I am using|
for Night Vision. They helped when it comes
time to work out my light source and
shadow placement as well as determining the
order of the leaves.
I have noticed that the importance of play has been in the news recently. It is just as important for well being and skill building in pets, children and adults. A quick google search produced an article that underscores this conjecture. I know I need to get cranking on Night Vision if I have any hope of making the deadline. I also know that I want to include some new techniques and even technology in this quilt. So what do I do? I spend the week playing.
I have this idea to edge the leaves in Night Vision with piping. I haven't made piping in several decades. Thank goodness for the internet where I quickly located a how to make piping guide. What can I say? I was so delighted with how well my test piece worked out, I continued to play, by experimenting with a new free motion quilting design and then couldn't resist seeing if I could create a second motif with a very different texture for a possible small quilt. And so the week went. Lots of fun research. Lots of experimentation. No real visible progress on Night Vision. However, I am optimistic that all this play means that when I do get down to work most of the kinks and problem solving will have already been resolved.
Of course the week wasn't 100% play. It just felt like it. Here is how the week went:
1) Night Vision - (Due January 1, 2015)
a) Start the piecing - Not yet. However, I did make good progress on analyzing the image for where I want a light source and where I want shadow. I've marked the master plan accordingly. I also marked the plan for the order of layering of the leaves. In other words which leaves are on above or below others.
|The Electric Paisley motif is on the left. The piping|
is the olive serpentine line running between the two fabrics.
I played with different sized circles on the right for fun
2) Free motion quilting practice. Done!
I returned to Leah Day for a possible motif to use on some of my leaves. Her Electric Paisley seemed perfect. I gave that a whirl on one of the fabrics I will be using in Night Vision with a thread I wanted to audition. I'm pleased with the result.
3) LifeBook 2014 - Do the assignments. - Done!
|My girl looks more pensive than happy.|
I had so much fun working with these bright,
cheerful colors that it has me questioning
why I don't turn to this palette more often.
The mood for the week was set when I started this week's Life Book assignment. Each assignment arrives first thing Monday morning. This week it was titled "Turning a Negative into a Positive with Micki Wilde." The lesson began with the dictate to select "your happiest colors" for the background. I was surprised by how the statement and then putting it into practice just lightened the mood.
My plan for the next week I spend in the studio is the same as last week's. However, the same plan will, I am sure, result in very different results. The plan is:
a) Start the piecing
2) Free motion quilting practice.
3) LifeBook 2014 - Do the assignments.