Monday, August 27, 2012

North, South, East, West?

Here is what I came up with this morning.  Well, afternoon actually.  But, anyway.  I'm trying to decide on the orientation of the circle.  Any preferences?  I took a class recently with Philippa Naylor (great teacher, btw) and she suggested "weighting" your pieces toward the bottom.  None of mine exactly do that and I probably could have achieved a better result at doing that had I put my initial circle (see yesterday's post) at a different angle.  Live and learn.  Anyway, will look at it for a while.  As you see it is how it's to be taken to class so I don't have to make a decision until mid-October.

Later today on to the third one.  Then I'll be ready for that class.

I'm also taking two one-day classes with Gloria Loughman at the Mancuso show in Oaks, Pa. in mid-September and frankly those two day classes have me in a quandry.  For the first day we have to bring a photo of something we'd like to do in class, a landscape.  My photography is not good, so I've been running around like a fiend trying to take a decent photo.  With not much luck.   The third class I'll be taking there is with Robbi Joy Eklow which is a more spontaneous class I think.  Anyway, looking forward to those classes.  

Sunday, August 26, 2012

There's been a change

If you remember yesterday's photo of the project for my free motion class in October, I've made some changes to it.  I took it over to a quilting friend whose reaction when she saw it immediately told me she didn't like the background fabric for the circle or the entire block.  So I've made some changes.  The beige background is still too pale, I think, but I'm not going to go out and buy new fabric for it.  One thing this has taught me is to buy fabric in larger pieces--fat quarters aren't going to do it.  This is not good for my pocketbook but should be better for my work I think.  

Not sure in what order the next photo will appear but I'm on to my second block for the class.  Right now I'm not liking it, but there are only so many decisions I can make in a I'm leaving it to work on tomorrow. I'm going to add more arcs to it.  At the present time the pieces are only tacked in place, not permanently sewn so I can move things around or just replace the whole thing if it's not going where I want and I suspect that's the case.  Anyway, tomorrow is another day... It's not as if I don't have enough projects to keep my busy tonight.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Back on track

Those of you who follow my blog (and there aren't many I'm afraid) are probably sick of looking at the previous post.  So finally I've gotten around to writing another.  Our local quilt guild will be having their show in September  so I've been busy putting bindings and sleeves on quilts I've done in the past few years.  For some reason once I finish the actually quilting I consider it done, despite the fact it will needs a sleeve and binding.  Probably because I live in an older home with only 7' ceilings and lots of windows and furniture that prevent hanging larger quilts.  So they stay wrapped on a swimming tube, unfortunately out of site.  Anyway, this quilt was made about three years ago from a class I took called "Six Minute Circles" (I think from the book of the same name).  It's become my favorite way to insert circles into a quilt.  

The smaller piece is for a class I'll be taking at a Nancy Crow retreat in Baltimore, Ohio in mid-October.  The class is with Sandra Ciolino on free motion quilting and we are to bring three similar pieces for quilting.  I may have mentioned that I love circles. This is my first one for the class.  The three pieces are to use fabrics with similar colors.  I have yet to do the other two.  I agonized for several weeks on what pattern to use and decided to go with my favorite circles.  Til next time (hopefully sooner than two months...)

Dena Crain Work

Dena Crain Work
Tesselated Design