A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
After a break for almost a week for entertaining houseguests here from out of town (the last one left today) I haven't had time till today to work on the two center sections of the block I cut up.
Monday, January 30, 2012
These are the ones left over. I think they need some friends.
I did some pretty basic quilting -- usually when I'm making something, I'm thinking about the quilting as I make it. Not so with this. Maybe because it's new? But fancy schmancy feathers or loop-dee-loops didn't really lend themselves to this kind of piecing. I want to experiment some more with that.
I used strips cut from a strata of dark hand-dyes for the binding. I notice that most of these quilts don't have traditional binding on them -- I'll have to experiment more with that too.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Here I am, fan-folding the fabric.
A strip of lime green batik that is lying around seems like a cheerful way to start.
I don't know what I will do next but these blocks have a long way to go before I can make the swastikas disappear. Stay tuned.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
And then chose some additions from my scrap stash in the same two inch widths.
I fussed with the layout until I found something I was happy with...
And then sewed them all together.
Normally, I would stop here; this is my comfort zone and what pleases me aesthetically: a limited palette and not a lot of pattern in my fabrics - but since were "what if"-ing - I didn't!
These six blocks were in a bag of vintage blocks I bought, sight unseen, at a flea market years ago; they have been in my trunk for ages. As I look at them now I know I would never have bought them if I had seen them. I don't know what the pattern is called but they are clearly swastikas to me. I estimate that they were made in the 1940's, but some of the fabrics look like 1910-20 vintage, as well.
I decided that cutting these individually would be too much work, so I sewed them together and will cut them as though they were a whole top. They are hand-pieced and I was happy to see that they were not all the same size and that a lot of the seams were 1/8". This is true of many old blocks; who came up with the "you must have a 1/4" seam" idea??
As I cut this thing up and re-sew it, you will be along with me to see what works and what doesn't because I never know in advance what I will be doing. I'll take pictures as I go along and will be happy to answer questions. It may not turn out to be a masterpiece but for sure, it will be better than THIS!
Monday, January 23, 2012
I think it is 5 or 6 blocks on the design wall so far. I make no guarantee that the arrangement will stay the same for the finished piece. We'll see what the rest of the blocks have to add to the composition. But so far, so good! --Judith
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
It was nice to work on these bright colors yesterday, because we had another one of those DREARY, gray days. These colors make me happy--they remind me of stained glass windows.
Once I play with slicing and dicing the remaining portion of the quilt top, I'll have to decide how I'll put the pieces together. Will they become one quilt top, two, or more? How will I put the pieces together? Hmmmmm, I don't know, but it will be fun to see.
p.s. Use the Google translator on the right of her blog
I knew it had to turn green but didn't want to go so dark as to obliterate the pattern. In retrospect, dark would have been pointless; nothing could have made that brown and pepto-bismol pink disappear. Anyway, in the absence of soda ash, I tried green tea. Nope - the fabric turned a barely beige. Went to the studio, picked up some soda ash and then this morning, overdyed it (again). Better, don'tcha think?
Monday, January 16, 2012
Given what other people have posted on the blog so far, I thought I would start with these two blocks as they needed the most help;
but in the end, decided to go with this block as I have a lot of fabrics that would fall within this range.
So, give me a chance to read the book, and I'll be on my way within a couple of days!
*rubs hands together*
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Kit! I know you found the book -- but I tried and tried to post a comment -- my friend, Cathy Neri, of QBU Books has a special limited time offer for "friends of Karen" for Rayna's book -- it includes free shipping. You can reach her toll free at: (877) 315-7131 or at QuiltingBooksUnlimited@gmail.com.
Quilter Beth -- I love those colors -- I'm wondering, after looking at yours and Beth from Maine's posts, if I need to ditch the soft colors and go back to my brights.
Judith! Your pieces are just fantastic. Again, I think I need to ditch the soft colors -- it's so cold outside, I must need brights! Although, my son liked the dragon fabrics I used.
So now I'm going to go downstairs to pull some COLOR from my stash and see if I can perk up all this blah. TTFN...