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.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

one star and scale

I added a pieced star to the big neutral patchwork from the last post. I have a lot of ideas I have been anxious to try and so I have already started marking this one up. I have been daydreaming about scale. These leaves above are bigger...

and today I am daydreaming of taking that further, and further.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

patchwork yardage by color

I am trying to work on organizing the studio for a new year and new intentions, trying to make sense of what stays and what goes. I have been thinking it might be worthwhile to piece together fabrics of similar colors into larger cloth.  Hoping this will be easier than dealing with all the loose scraps and starting from scratch for a cloth base for every new idea. Nothing too fussy but maybe lining things up now and then if it makes sense. Not a new idea to work ahead this way, but new for me especially at this scale. I hope to go big.

I think it will smooth out my process a bit if I can work on these larger cloths now and then, preparing base cloth for more detailed stitching. I can cut from them as needed and continue to add to them during the in-between.

Piecing the bits together is a wonderful process in itself, not thinking too hard about what goes where, choosing fabrics based mostly on their color and pressing seams as I go. I have found fabric I forgot I had. I am really hoping this bit of working ahead will help me dive right into an idea with the cloth piecing bit already under way.