As I worked on this Impractical Color wheel I learned a little something. Giving the motifs a little room to breathe, at least visually, allows the color to speak, and the piece looks a little less crowded. The transition from red to orange is visually tight, reading as a bit overwhelming. The transitions after that… Continue reading Quilts Speak
On a bright, lovely afternoon the stitching started badly. BADLY For some reason a birds nest built up on the back of a quilt as I stitched. Wow. Evicted that bit of nonsense forthwith, started stitching again. Not five minutes later I stitched a big pleat right into the front. Well. That little quilt is… Continue reading Can you believe this nonsense?
I like color. A lot. I like how color plays. I like how color sings. I like how color behaves, misbehaves, swirls, whirls, blends, hides, shows off and generally is itself. Joen Wolfrom appeared on Simply Quilts some long time ago, talking about color. She talked about the 3-in-1 color tool, how it's used in… Continue reading Color Wheel
I am terrible. Seriously, terrible. I did not get a single photo, or post any social media during the Brain Dump: Stitch the Scary Stuff in Your Brain Class on Saturday. Thank you! to Cathy Anderson and Sarah Fabian owners of the Quilt Basket in Pawling NY for having me come teach for your shop.… Continue reading Brain Dump Follow Up
Over the last few days I've been working on the handout for Brain Dump: Stitch the Scary Stuff in Your Brain or The Impractical Color Wheel. One more review and I'm ready to go to print with it. There are options for designing your color wheel from a simple series of circles to a graduated squares.… Continue reading Brain Dump: Stitch the Scary Stuff in Your Brain
This whole impractical color wheel is causing me to change the way thread gets stored: rather than by fiber, it's by color. Whaaaaa? Yeah. Years ago I spent an afternoon stitching with Elizabeth Rosenberg in her quilt studio. She sorted her thread by color rather than fiber, it befuddled me a bit, because isn't fiber… Continue reading Sorting
As the snow fell, the wind howled, and The Lord of the Rings played in the background I took the last few stitches in purple on this version of the Impractical Color Wheel. As those stitches completed, the idea for the next one developed, I made notes in my planner so I'd remember, and went… Continue reading During the Blizzard