I took some photos & then started working on his alluring shapes.
I made notes in my journal.
I still haven't done exactly what he did, but he got me started on a great trip.
And I'm not done yet.
I have enough now to sketch out various stations & stopovers.
Here are my first configurations.
This is where it all led. Above it is quilted by machine & I didn't like it, so I ripped all the stitching out & hand sewed it. It's a stunning example of the visual difference between machine & hand quilting.
Then I found these amazing silk plaid bias strips. Experimentation began: I couldn't settle on something that I thought really worked....
It finally was resolved as above.
This project was done last winter after my trip to Vermont.
I rather like the flatter look better, though maybe that's just a case of not-so-great photography!
Or it could be that my batting had too much loft & was too poofy.
This was an exercise started at Nancy Crow's class in May.
I hand quilted it without batting, part way through didn't like it. I tore it out, machine-quilted it, & liked it way better.... oh, & I added low-loft batting into the sandwich of quilt front&back.
You just can't get those fabulous lines with hand stitching. It's faster too!
When I do this kind of machine quilting I generally make stuff up as I go along. At the beginning a few lines get put in spaced throughout. These secure the basting. Then elaboration begins.
I'm kind of in love with the transition from this...
...to this, with slightly softened rectangles a la Pascal,...
I also love my mother's Venetian scarf coming into play.
What would she say?
She & her large shadows?
I came home with from my May workshop with Nancy Crow with two large beginnings: one was in grey tones & one was in color.
I auditioned turquoise into the composition & decided it was a big improvement, but varying shades would be even better.
I also got to obliterate the heinous clumsy cross near dead-center of the grey phase.
These new color shapes were appliquéd in.
The color version went though a number of auditions too.
I did documenting along the way.
This pretty well shows most of the progression.
This is it right now, on the frame. I am making decisions about thread colors, lines of stitching, & adding more softened rectangles quilted into the overall design.
The blue shapes on the upper large brown shape shows where I am going to quilt in interior shapes the way I did with the large yellow shape.
Upstairs, on my work wall, is another piece-in-process.
The silks are the last scraps of my mother's scarf. I'm intrigued by the change of ground in the center. I was planning to put red where the white work wall is, but suddenly I think that white shape is just too much to give up.
I now have to work that thought out!
What a journey.
I've loved it, wrestled with it & am still not done with it.
I still want to get into the nesting idea.
That's it for now.