Monday, April 14, 2014

My World - Real? or Ideal?

In my ideal world, 
on the fourteenth day of April
 my day would be filled with daffodils. 
They would be brightening up my day with their lovely, shining faces.

Daffy in Pink
9" x 11"
Sharon V. Rotz


But, alas! 
This is the real world.
In this year of daffy weather, I awoke to this lovely scene.


A perfect day for January.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ah, I Am Green

The sun is shining, the snow is melting and I have laid aside my brown fabrics. 

A scrap of color has caught my eye.

Not wanting to waste (that is so stuck in my personality), if I have a bit of paint left after working on a project, I use it up on a piece of muslin. Perhaps these muslin pieces are nothing but paint rags or maybe, just maybe, they are the start of something beautiful?

When I pull out one of these painted pieces, I don't feel the pressure to create a masterpiece.
I can play and experiment and there is the thought that I may be able to rescue this bit of nonsense or perhaps, a masterpiece WILL pop out.


Thinking spring, I could see trees coming alive on this mottled ecru fabric. 
I started to add embroidery stitches. 
Will this work? 


The green tree is coming to life but is it still just blending into the background? 
There just isn't much of a value difference.


French knots add texture to the ground.


I finished my Quilter's Tile off with a border and binding of a great dotted print.


Even with a fun fabric in the border, the green tree still didn't stand out. 

Out came the paints.
 I mixed a bit of yellow into my green for a spring green and painted,
not the tree, but a halo of green around the tree.
My tree is now happy basking in the glow. 

Quilter's Tile
"Ah, I Am Green"

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Bend in the Path

I may have been merrily sewing random strips and pieces together, 
but that all changed in a moment. 

The moment was when I discovered a pile of triangle pieces all cut to size. 
I don't have any idea what they were cut to size for, 
but............hm......


I could be easily diverted, and I was. 
As I laid them out, I could see there were enough for a small pillow. 
All I needed were some narrow strips between the triangles. 

I chose a bright turquoise. 

Why? 


Because it wasn't brown. 
It was time to brighten things up. 

My initial plan was to square up the project,
 but it had an interesting and unique shape that I found very appealing. 


Completed as is. 

A new pillow to add to my collection.


Subconsciously, I must have known the turquoise sashing would make 
this new little pillow fit right in.



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I am Conquerer!

Some days you are just in the mood to sew.... 
just for the pleasure of stitching pieces of fabric together. 
Today was a day like that.

Without a quilt design in mind, it was the perfect day to have fun conquering the scrap bag. 
My, there was quite a pile of fabric stuffed in that bag!


I began pulling out fabric strips. Who needs to buy jelly rolls of fabric strips? 
I was amazed at how many strips were stuffed into my bag.

Stitched and pressed, they went from trash to treasure.


I stayed with the brown color theme. 
(That does seem amazing to me, as I can't wait for the colors of spring after this long winter.)

I started to put together some larger pieces, re-cut the strip sets and add them in.


There is still no definite plan as to what I may do with the pieces I've made. Today, it doesn't seem to matter. It is the joy of stitching that drives me on. 


Isn't this fun?

Do you have any suggestions for my pieced sections? 

(If nothing else, the mess is conquered and it will be easier to fold and store.)  




Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Inspired by fabric? Then what?

Recently, I was asked the question "Are you ever inspired by a piece of fabric and where do you go from there?"

This led me to think further. Where do I go? How does a drop dead fabric turn into a completed project.

Some fabrics need to "hang" around for a while. I do mean this literally. I hang the fabric on my design wall until ideas start to pop into my head.  There are days when this happens quickly. There are other times when months go by before the inspiration comes.


I loved this hand dyed scarf and added silk yarn and leaves to it. Then what? Would I really wear it as a scarf? So, it waited.


Often, my "diva fabric" starts its journey by gathering all its friends. This, of course, means pulling fabrics out of my stash that coordinate or complement my inspirational fabric.


The pile of fabric friends may start out large or pulled in one direction but not all fabrics may become part of the final trip.

My scarf was not impressed with these so called "friends", 
rejected them, and sought other companions.

Yes, we got off to a rocky start.



 The group of "friendly fabrics" may be small but as I go along new friends are added.



These new fabric friends seems more to her taste.

There have even been cases where the "friendlies" went on the trip without the "diva". The inspirational fabric was just that, an inspiration for a quilt.




In this case, she was not to be left behind and adored herself royally. 
After all, she was the "diva".

The journey from fabric to completed project is always interesting. It may be a straight road or it may be a curving path with hills and valleys along the way.

Social Climbers
Sharon V. Rotz


What direction does your path take?

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