Tips, Thoughts and Techniques:
|The final assignment for Elizabeth Barton's dyeing class|
was to select a photo, isolate some colors from it and
then dye fabric to match the selected colors. I chose this
photograph, taken by my husband, of a sunrise over
|These are the colors I selected from the photo.|
|Here is the same grid, but with the|
colors that I dyed. Elizabeth kindly
told me that it is most important to
achieve a palette that works well
together vs. matching the colors
exactly. Close enough.
I didn't spend 100% of my week in the studio this time. I have too many other obligations to do that. However, knowing that I would have jury duty I had worked ahead or cleared up many obligations. How did I spend this bonus time? Pretty much like any other week but with a deeper appreciation because it was unexpected. Here's what I managed to accomplish:
|I had fun using my newly acquired EQ 7 skills to good|
use to design Sunrise Obsession. This is an EQ 7
rendering and NOT a pieced quilt or even my fabrics.
I have started a quilt based on the diagram using my
hand dyed fabric from the class.
I have finished hand stitching the facing and begun to attach the sleeve.
2) Free motion quilting practice. - Done!
|Isn't this a lovely floral motif. It is so simple once you|
understand the concept of how the petals are formed.
The design is Faye's Flowers by Lori Kennedy.
3) Do some surface design work - Done!
After several very, very intense weeks of dyeing yards and yards of fabric for my class with Elizabeth Barton, I was expecting the final class to be more, if not twice as much of the same. Instead, I only needed to dye eight different fabrics and I was done.
4) Beware of when I find myself shutting down and find a way to stay open. - Done!
My favorite part of my twice weekly yoga class is shavasana. It took me many tries to reach the deep relaxation I achieve, but now I am there within seconds of getting into the pose. This week it was suggested that we try reclining with a block behind our spine and another behind our head to achieve a chest opener or expansion. My first thought was absolutely not. Then I realized I had shut down before even giving it a chance. So, I tried the modification. No, adding blocks to my shavasana is not going to become part of my yoga practice, but at least now I am making an informed, open decision.
I am anticipating carrying forward the feeling of abundant time I achieved this week into next week. Here is how I plan on spending that time:
1) Finish Deep Waters - (Due March 15)
a) Finish attaching the sleeve;
b) Create and attach the label; and
c) Add it to my website.
2) Work on Sunrise Obsession
3) Free motion quilting practice.
4 Do some surface design work
5) Beware of when I find myself shutting down and find a way to stay open.
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.