Wednesday, July 23, 2014

West Rosebud Creek Trail

Summer is here and we take every opportunity to get into the back country.  This day, we took our two grandsons on their first hike of the summer to Mystic Lake.  Airus is 8 and Breckin is 5.  We were not sure how the day would go, but it started out with a lot of enthusiasm and rushing water!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Straight Stitching on Red Swirls

Another of my ideas is to cover the piece with straight (or almost straight) stitching.  I am not sure what I want to do here, and maybe I won't actually make a decision until the snow starts flying, because it is time to get into the mountains!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Working out the Quilting Questions

Very often, I will attempt to answer my quilting design questions by working with a smaller piece.  This is the last few scraps of the deconstructed red swirls I had, and I mixed in a few other hand dyed fabrics to make a workable size.  I am not sure what to do with this.  I have considered a lot of different things. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Starting to Sew the Red Swirls

I think I have settled on an arrangement and now I am sewing the squares together into vertical strips.  These could still be rearranged if I wish, but sewing the strips seems like a commitment.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

More Rearranging the Red Swirls

OK, so here is another arrangement.  I feel like I am getting closer to something worthy of the time it would take to quilt it.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rearranging the Rectangle of Red Swirls

I thought this piece might be more effective with the darker squares oriented towards the center......not sure.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Scrounging for Pieces to Make it Work

Well, I scrounged around in my studio and found a few more scraps of this fabric that had been used for other works in progress, and I managed to come up with enough to make a rectangle, of sorts.  This arrangement has all the darker pieces grouped at the bottom.  Not sure if this is the best arrangement, but I do know I like the landscape oriented rectangle much better than the square I started with.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Going for a Rectangle Landscape Orientation of Red Swirls

I was not in love with the way this looked arranged in a square, so I thought I would try for a rectangle.  I am not sure I have enough fabric to make this work, but I like it better.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Red Swirls - Almost Square

I have enough squares to build a square piece on the design wall.  I think I need to do more work with this to make it successful.....

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Featured Artist on Dinner at Eight

Today I am the featured artist on the Dinner at Eight blog.  They are sharing interviews with all the artists in this year's new exhibition:  "Reflections".  My piece is being kept under wraps until the opening.  (it has also been photographed for inclusion in Quilting Arts Magazine!)

http://dinnerateightartists.blogspot.com/

Working With Red Swirl Deconstructed Print

Deconstructed squares with fabric strips inserted.
I began working with this fabric by cutting the fabric down into 10" squares.  I tried arranging the squares on the design wall to no avail, but then I decided to slash them all randomly and insert narrow strips of mustard gold and deep burgundy hand dyed fabrics.  These two colors are found deep in the deconstructed print, so I reasoned - they might work.  After inserting the strips, I went back to the design wall to see if there was any improvement.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Red Swirl Deconstructed Screenprint Fabric Challenge

I have challenged myself to work with this piece of deconstructed / breakdown printed fabric created in the summer of 2012.  That summer, I set up a "print studio" in my back yard and printed a large series.  This fabric is close to 2 yards and is 45" wide.  It is 100% cotton broadcloth.  The full piece is shown above, with details shown below:



 This fabric contains many shades of red - ranging from burgundy to clear red to near pink.  What to do?

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Bighorn Canyon Boating

 We recently had a wonderful day on the water in the Bighorn Canyon.  Here is a picture of our truck and boat at the Devil's Canyon overlook.  That is Big Pryor Mountain in the background.

 The Bighorn River has been dammed and what was once a rushing whitewater river is now a lazy long lake that winds through a majestic canyon.


My daughter, Michelle and her fiancee, Tony joined us for this outing.  It was fun!