Wednesday, April 15, 2015

10/100 blue paint blocks

I have been painting one 7" block each day since April 6 with an end goal of 100 total blocks. (Read more about the 100 Day Project here.) I am using Pebeo Setacolor transparent fabric paint and sometimes a Pitt pen here and there. The first block is painted in Pebeo "indigo" colored paint (which I almost immediately realized I didn't have as much of as I thought and could no longer order) and all other blocks are painted with "cobalt". Oh well, I like the cobalt color more anyway. These are my first ten blocks. The first 25 will make one big 5 x 5 block and so on until I have four big blocks to sew together at the end. I like the idea of keeping them in quadrants of time - to really see what if anything might have changed along the way. 

Simply painting and drawing on each block has made it easy to keep up even if I don't have much time left in the day to do it. 
They have settled into a negative then positive space rhythm that I enjoy working out along with whatever has come to mind to paint. 

I have found myself looking forward to sitting down to work on these each day, even at the very end of the day. The very quiet and centered blocks are my favorites so far.

I will post a new block each day over at my Instagram page if you care to follow along over there. No pressure though, because I have plenty more to talk about at this place too. 

As always thanks to all who visit. I have had a bit of a lull in posting as I try to catch up with Spring, but will be back to stitching soon. I find all my time spent with hands too busy to stitch leads to more daydreams of all the things I will stitch when I can.

Monday, April 13, 2015

color journal II :: yellow in April

The forsythia just off our front porch is in full bloom.

 The daffodils are going all out too.

I have been busy indoors with some serious spring cleaning. Hoping to wrap it up soon and get back to more stitching as there are so many unfinished projects being unearthed as I tidy.

I have managed to find time to paint one fabric block a day along with The 100 Day Project (began April 6) and have been posting these over at my Instagram page. It's been great fun and I hope to say a bit more about that soon.

Monday, March 23, 2015

color journal II :: another one for March

It's sleeting outside every few minutes as I type but this past weekend was beautiful. I have stitched a block inspired by colors I found on Sunday morning.

British Soldiers lichen. Lipstick lichen. Matchstick moss/lichen.

A miniature fairytale landscape.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

color journal II :: a few blocks into March

It snowed about 9 inches on the first day of March. Then, it all melted away under bluebird skies and a few warm days. Thank goodness for the blue in the sky...

because now we have some serious mud. I love this lone purple crocus in the middle of all the mud. It's kind of funny to post photos of mud, but this is how it is.

I am cutting squares of all the green I can find. I would like to make one more block for March and I would love for it to be made entirely of green and maybe a bit of blue sky.

Linda at Looktothisday is also working on color blocks by month. You can see her lovely March blocks here.

Monday, March 16, 2015

the middle of March

 I had been planning to start working with larger scale but got sidetracked with these little oak leaves. I made them specifically for this little basket...

which holds this little doll. I am sending them to my youngest niece for her birthday. My grandma gave the doll to me forever ago when I was already a bit too old for dolls. She had one similar that she used to let my sister and I play with when we were visiting. My mom gave it back to me a few years ago. I packed it away and it recently resurfaced. I want to pass it on to someone who will enjoy it now. The little quilts add some softness and spring is so near the leaves just had to be green. It was pretty gray out when I started them.

It's absolutely beautiful today. 72˙ as I type this around 4pm. This afternoon, just a few minutes before I photographed the quilted leaves…

the sandhill cranes flew over. I heard them calling from way up, through the open windows.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

color journal II :: February blocks

Oh well, I will tidy tomorrow. I decided to start this before February ends. White snow, gray shadows, blue skies and brown remains of the plants.

Friday, February 27, 2015

color journal II

I have a lot of fabric I hold on to for mostly sentimental reasons. Much of it vintage print scraps given to me by my grandmother. I very rarely use printed fabric in what I make so I have given some of it away but I swear the odd shaped little crumpled scraps multiply when I am not looking.  So color journal II is born of needing to deal with this. I haven't finished quilting the first color journal quilt, but oh well - back to that later. Block by block still seems like the best way to end up with a quilt sized cloth and I love just working by color without over thinking it.

See first set of possible winter colors above. Freezing cold and snow with frozen mud underneath don't seem so bad when thinking of it only as color like this. It soothes the late winter mood, but still I will be daydreaming of the green. The clear blue sky days hold it all together no matter what the season.

I have a whole bunch of stitching going on but I can't find the words for any of it. My workspace is long overdue for a tidy and I am hoping that will help with the cluttered mind as well.

Friday, February 13, 2015

there will be green

I am working on something lighthearted and green. Faint light in the sky at 7 a.m. this morning carried me through a cold day. We hope to do a little bit of skiing first, but spring is coming.