Friday, June 5, 2015

Week in Review - 06/05

I've always loved this palette of harmonious reds,
oranges and yellows coupled with purple.  It is the
color of sunrise. It is warm and cheerful. This is one
of the "fabrics" I made for Deconstructed Sunrise. I am
very tempted to explore this offshoot further. I feel a
series coming on. :)
I have begun work on the blue fabric for
Deconstructed Sunrise. When this block is
finished there will be six stripes woven together
in a block that measures 9" square.  The central
horizontal stripe is from one of the SkyDyes fabrics I
treated myself to. Isn't it lush?
Tips, Thoughts and Techniques:

Bonjour! I'm back from a mini visit with  our children and grandchildren, followed immediately by a maxi visit in France. We began in Paris doing lots of walking and museum visiting. Then it was off to the Loire Valley for biking and chateaux touring. I admit to having reached a time in my life where roughing it has zero appeal. This bike trip, like several other biking and hiking trips we have been on, came with lots of support and lovely accommodations. It isn't easy to take responsibility for my daily activities now that I am back. My in-box is frightening full and the "pings" keep coming no matter how many e-mails I respond to. Really, how is it possible to start with 50 e-mails, answer at least 25 only to end the day back at 50? Something else that has struck me on my return is my biker's tan. It is darkest above my knees to my bike short's line, where it abruptly turns white. The tan is lighter over my knee cap and below my knee, turning white at the sock line. My tan just isn't coming together. There doesn't seem to be an overall plan. That is how I am feeling about Deconstructed Sunrise at the moment. It feels very disjointed and jarring.

I refused to spend 100% of my time answering e-mails on my scheduled studio days. I did, however, compromise and work in the studio during the morning and return to e-mails in the afternoon. Here is what I accomplished in the studio during my half schedule:

1) Deconstructed Sunrise (Due November 30, 2015) - Continue piecing - Done

 2) Free motion quilting practice. - Opted to skip this

3) Post the number of days I have worked in my studio in 2015 - 40/126

4) Perform a random act of kindness - Done

This a only a small portion of what I have pieced so
far on Deconstructed Sunrise. What is working nicely
is the combo of turned under appliqué and French Fuse.
I know I will use this technique again. It is a winner!

5) Do some surface design experiments - Opted to skip this

I will be unable to post next week due to some out of state family business. When I return I plan on working on the following:

1) Deconstructed Sunrise (Due November 30, 2015) - Continue piecing

 2) Free motion quilting practice.

3) Post the number of days I have worked in my studio in 2015

4) Perform a random act of kindness

5) Do some surface design experiments

I am now linking up to two blogs on Fridays. The first is Nina Marie's Off the Wall Fridays and the second is Free Motion Mavericks.


  1. The combination of photographs and piecing in your deconstructed sunrise feels really warm and inviting!

  2. I am impressed by the colors and piecing for your deconstructed sunrise!

  3. Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation! I agree with your preference for comfortable accomadations. I love how Deconstructed Sunrise is coming along, and would love to see a future series based on the reds, oranges and yellows.

    1. It was a wonderful vacation. I am so fortunate to have the ability to vacation, too spend time satisfying my curiosity in the studio and to be part of such a rich community of fiber artists.

  4. Well.....reading between the lines, I'd say you have a well balanced life, if not a well balanced tan!!

  5. Love the colors in deconstructed Sunrise. The bike trip in France sounds wonderful.