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Next Thursday will be May 1 and on that day I will be posting the next steps for making your quilt to have on your bed next winter. Just a reminder that you should have your quilt pieces cut out and arranged and sorted into stacks with the pieces you will need for each block of the quilt. Obviously we will begin sewing the blocks but I have a few thoughts about how to approach that process.
This photo is a quilt I made in 2001 and it's called the ocean waves pattern. This was a long piecing process and I was determined to do it. I remember having to consult the pattern each and every time I pieced a block because the orientation of the triangles was very important to create the pattern. It has always remained one of my favorite quilts.
Maybe you noticed the past few days you have not been able to connect to my blog.
There was a major problem with my blog hosting service but it is finally corrected and I have not gone away. You may want to scroll down to the previous post which demonstrates some of my current tapestry weaving practice techniques. Thanks for hanging in there with me! Chris
This was my practice in making unusual shapes with the weft and then packing in the weft around them. I enjoyed this process very much and particularly like the curved weft lines that are created over and around the odd shapes.
A friend and I visited an art exhibit at a nearby art center yesterday and afterwards we couldn't pass up a visit to the gift shop. That's where I purchased these delightful animal felt pencil toppers! The colors are wonderful and the faces are even better! I'm going to keep them in a vase to bring smiles to my studio but I do expect that my grandchildren will certainly enjoy playing with them when they visit.
I am imagining a little puppet show with these little animal faces popping up behind the chair or couch. I tend to have to name things like this so I think I'm going with Chloe the cat, Ferdinand the frog, Penelope the penguin, Leonard the lion, and Harry the horse.
In reference to the winter quilt project, I will continue the series as I heard from a few people who are motivated and getting back to some projects they had put aside, and another person who is printing out the posts to save for her grand girls. That's enough to make me feel like the series is worthwhile. And thanks to all who responded.
It's mid April and this is the month if you're working on next winter's quilt that you are to be cutting out the pieces for your quilt. I've been thinking about the next steps for this project for May and June and July and then I began to wonder if anyone is making a quilt for next winter.
I have a lot of views whenever I post a note about next winter's quilt project. But I still wonder if anyone is actually following through and making a quilt with the step-by-step guidelines. So I'm asking if anyone who is reading this is actually working on a quilt with my step by step process to let me know by sending me a short email at [email protected] Or you could click on the link that says "email me" in the left-hand column of this blog, it's near the top of the column. You don't have to give much information, just say yes I'm following along snd making a quilt or something of that nature. If even one person is benefiting from this series I will be pleased to continue writing it. On the other hand if no one is interested in actually making a quilt with the steps then I will have to reevaluate the wisdom of continuing to write the series. So let me know if you're making a quilt and following along so I have some indication of the direction to take with this project! Your information will remain confidential and not be discussed on the blog. Thanks!
My latest adventure is in blending colors. In this photo it starts at the area of a solid blue and ends at the area of the solid dark green. One method I learned is combining different strands of yarn and weaving them at the same time. First I wove with four strands of blue. Then with three strands of blue and one strand of lime green. Then with two strands of blue and two strands of limegreen. Then with one strand of blue and three strands of limegreen. And finally with four strands of lime green. I repeated this process backwards with dark green and lime green. When I first saw the blue and lime green section completed my immediate reaction was being out on the water and entering an area of lily pads. I can see where this method can have lots of possibilities when weaving a tapestry. Perhaps an interesting sky, or interesting landscape background. And paying attention to what colors are chosen can create depth and perspective. I think this will be a very useful technique!
This practice piece I'm working on now is about 8 inches in height. You can see that I'm changing into the more medium range colors. I've been practicing alternating horizontal lines of color and shading of colors. I decided to introduce bright pinkish red occasionally in the weaving as a means of continuity across the whole piece as a way to draw the eye up the length of the piece even though I'm changing value as I go along. For better or worse I'll see how that works out in the end.