Winter UpdatePosted on January 31, 2019 by Beth Markel
You know it might be Michigan in the winter when you are excited that the temperature is UP to 0° but the best thing to do is hunker down and sew! I haven’t posted much lately, because, frankly, I’m doing the same thing day after day. I’m working on “Autumn” which has finished squares of 3/4″ so are being cut at 1.25″ and although some might think it’s tedious to work this small, I’m enjoying it. It is, however, hours and hours of making design decisions, so I thought I would let you in on the process.
There you have it so far. I’m calling this process “Structured Improv” as the structure is really like any quilt block you have, regardless of size, pattern, or even color. I like working with “blocks” of any size when the design process is working on balance as you create. With a work this size, roughly 75″ wide x 65-70″ when complete, it’s critical that balance is always at the forefront of your thought process. Without balance, this piece would be very “clunky” and I don’t really know what other word to use – a well-designed piece of art allows your eyes to dance over the piece – it draws you in to look closer and closer. Clunky is something that STOPS the eye, or interrupts the balance of a piece, whether sewn, painted, photographed, or sculpted.
Finally, two of my quilts are going to very different places – one to AQS-Lancaster, PA:
Next would be Unfinished Conversations going to MQG-QuiltCon, next month:
Yes, I am over the moon about both quilts being juried into shows, as crazy-different as they are! It’s a little like my cooking – I never want to get stuck in a rut, so I’m always reading, looking, and trying different things.
Try something different today!