Living This Creative Life

I have two favorite quotes. The first one is by Emile Zola, "If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I would tell you that I came to live out loud". I don't know who the second one is by, but it goes like this, "If you're not living on the edge then you might as well jump". Both of these sentiments sum up my personal philosophy of this experience we call life on earth. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

More Quilt & Color Techniques

Boy is it cold out! It's pretty damned cold here in my studio too. The radiator out here isn't working so it looks like I'll have to go buy a plug in heater!
I've just returned from teaching at Road to California (more on that later) followed by a week of vacation on the CA coast. This freezing weather is quite a drag after enjoying two weeks of beautiful sun and 70 degree days.

Here are some photos of my newest Quilt & Color pieces. The first one shows the completed, whole piece. The second photo shows a close-up of one of the birds. The third photo is of me quilting one of the birds and the last photo is of me quilting on my new Queen Quilter - which I'm in love with!

I really, really love this technique. With this piece, I simply drew the major lines of the tree limb and the outlines of each of the birds. Then I free style stitched all of the flowers followed by the tree limb and branches. Then I added all of the leaves and finished with the birds.

The coloring was fun too. I wanted to sort of hide the birds among the flowers and leaves. I learned a big lesson too; some (not all) of the Letraset markers that I've been using fade in the sun- big drag. So far, it's mostly the blues. So - I'm sticking with Tsukeniko's inks and markers from now on!

I've put together a design/instructional CD with this Quilt & Color technique. It's 67 pages and includes hundreds of design options along with full instructions for creating the quilt and color way. Look for it for sale on my website soon.

Talk to you all later,

Shirley, thanks for the comments. In my experience, Copic markers fade too!

1 comment:

Christa Irell said...

How gorgeous! You are so talented!
I just saw your article in Quilting Arts- the cover you made looks stunning and the article is awesome!
I like how you mentioned that we need to practice, practice, practice if we want to succeed and excel at quilting- and that is good advice for anything we want to be good at.
Have a great day- stay warm! Hope to see you soon.