Friday, August 28, 2015

Week in Review 2015 - 08/28

My photographer, aka my husband, Dana Eagles,
reminded me that I haven't given him a plug in my
blog recently. The idea of how to capture the 3D
effect of Deconstructed Sunrise #2, by having me hold
it was his. 
Tips, Thoughts and Techniques:

Now you can see the covered edge that has
been wrapped around a commercial 8" x 10"
frame. Note that the plan for Deconstructed Sunrise #3
is behind me. That should give you a sense
of  scale or just how big a 40" W x 60" H
quilt is.
You've heard of Murphy's Law which states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. I've been thinking up some Gwyned's laws along the same lines this week. I was tearing my hair out on what should have been an easy, no problem task - extracting the image of my quilt from the background in Photoshop Elements. At one time this was quite an arduous task, before I had learned of several time savers and tips. For example, it is much easer to surround an image that is large enough for me to see. Why it never occurred to me to blow up the image in the first place is beyond me. I had a extracted Deconstructed Sunrise from its background just the day before, laid it down on a white background, merged layers, sized it appropriately for call for entries. I use the same image when I print my labels. Everything went smoothly. The next day I proceeded to do the same thing for Deconstructed Sunrise #2. I assumed it would take the same 10 minutes or so. NOT! I have no idea why the delete feature that removes the background from the image wasn't working in PSE. It just wasn't. What to do? What to do? I tried quitting and restarting PSE. I tried an alternate delete feature. I finally figured out a multi step work around that removed the image, left the background behind and pasted the image on a new white background. This didn't double my time. It took closer to 10 times the amount of time. Fortunately, moments like this are often counterbalanced by the inverse. Something I assume is going to take hours and require a great deal of strategy and improvisation goes smoothly. Gwyned's law is, if you think it will be easy, it will be hard. If you think it will be hard, you just might luck out and find that it is easy.

Fortunately, most of the week went relatively smoothly and I was able to accomplish quite a bit, as you will see:

Last week I shared two different
possibilities I was considering for
Deconstructed Sunrise #3. This
is the one I have chosen to pursue next.
Usually I sketch my trial designs on
8.5" x 11" sheets of paper. However,
knowing that I wanted to make a
40" x 60" quilt,  I created  my trials at
a ratio of 1:4 or 10" x 15".
The trial design is recreated to make
a blue print to scale. Next freezer paper
templates are created by tracing the
blue print.  One thing I appreciate about
the repetitiveness of drawing the same
drawing three times is it gives the
opportunity to really study it, make a
couple of design tweaks and start
the process of thinking how I will
construct it and what colors to put where.

1) Finish Deconstructed Sunrise - So close.

I started sewing on the label yesterday, but then other things took precedence. I'm sure it will be done today.

2) Deconstructed Sunrise #2 (Due September 8, 2015):
  •  Affix the quilt to the canvas - Done!
  • Add it my website and FaceBook page - See Gwyned's Law. If I hadn't had such a torturous time extracting the image, then I would have had the time to add this to my site and FB page.
  • Ship it to the gallery - Not yet.
Craters (blue section) is one of my favorite styles of
free motion quilting. It combines
open areas with more intensely
quilted areas, creating glorious texture. The FMQ is
done on a Leah Day cheater cloth. 
3) Free motion quilting practice. - Done!

Thanks to a tip from Laura, one of my readers,  I am now following Tracy,
at Whirls 'n Swirl quilting who is creating 100 videos on FMQ designs. These are not for novices. Not because of the complexity of the design, but because she demos the pattern and doesn't breakdown the steps. If you have the basics of FMQ down, then she is an excellent resource for ideas.

4) Post the number of days I have worked in my studio in 2015 - 65.5/126

5) Perform a random act of kindness - Done

It feels great to be able to spend the lion's share of three days in my studio again. I'm planning for the momentum to continue next week as I make my way through the following:

1) Finish Deconstructed Sunrise

2) Deconstructed Sunrise #2 (Due September 8, 2015):
  • Add it my website and FaceBook page
  • Ship it to the gallery
3) Deconstructed Sunrise #3 (Due November 30, 2015)

  • Add registration marks to the freezer paper templates
  • Decide whether to create new fabrics with dye, paint and ink
  • Either create the fabrics OR start the piecing process

4) Free motion quilting practice. 

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

6) Perform a random act of kindness 

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. Thanks for that link to Whirls and Swirls. I think it's very good and have passed it on to a novice.

  2. Caught up to you now, Gwyned. Sorry about your PSE issues. I get so frustrated when I can't figure out how to do what I think should be simple in a computer program! I love your diagram for #3. It will be fun to watch it evolve!

  3. Hello Gwyned,

    Great pics of you and your work. Amazing way of contrasting the sizes, by sandwiching you in between.

    I am transfixed by the trial design on the right. Stylised geology, surely? All I can think of is fossils.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    Love, Muv