Friday, October 25, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Over at Amy's Creative Side it's time for the fall version of the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Check it out -- it's lots of fun.

My entry is Tuning Fork #12:
Tuning Fork #12, 46" x 67", 2013
 I finished this quilt in August and it debuted at the Trinity Valley Quilt Show in September.

A few closeups:



I'm adding a few process pictures, since people have been asking me how I work.  I start with a very general plan.  For TF #12, I decided to work with black to medium gray as the background, so I started making tuning fork units and placing them on the design wall, starting in the upper left, grading them from dark to light and small to large:
 Then I decided to add a drift of color from top left to bottom right:
The colored tuning forks became denser as they drifted towards the center:
Finally, I had a layout of pieces that I felt worked.  At this point, they are just hundreds of blocks on the design wall.  I started sewing them together:
Once I'm past the big design decisions, it doesn't take me long to sew it together!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The last studio day in a while...

I've enjoyed these last couple of days in my studio.  Between Houston and family commitments, I won't have much chance to work for the next two weeks.

The first piece I worked on was for the studioQ color challenge.  We were given color swatches and told to make a piece from only those colors.  Lots of blue, very far out of my usual color palette. It was due at our September 30 meeting, but  had been working on TF#13 and didn't get around to it.  Our next meeting is Monday, so I thought I'd better get to it.  
Look, I made a tuning fork! 16" x 24"
Then I worked on TF#13.  A closeup of the section I've been working on:
I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday, Richard and Tanya's Quilts Link a Finish Friday and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.  Go see all the wonderful work there!

studioQ Meeting and the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Fort Worth

Besides working on Tuning Fork #13, I've been busy with studioQ (the local Fort Worth fiber group) and SAQA events.

studioQ met at Bethany's.  She showed us a wonderful discharge technique using Ritz color remover, and of course, we all shared our recent work.  Except me.  My current piece in in 100s of pieces on the design wall...
A piece by Kay shown during studioQ
I manned the SAQA booth during the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, a new show in Fort Worth.  SAQA had two traveling exhibits at the show, the "Deux" quilts and a show by the members of the Georgia/South Carolina region.
SAQA booth.  We had to drape quilts over the pole since we couldn't pin

The "Georgialina" quilt exhibit
I was assisted by two SAQA members, Jay and Kerri.  Thanks, guys! 
Jay and I

Monday, October 14, 2013

A Peek at Tuning Fork #13

Tuning Fork #13 is going well.  I can see my vision for the quilt slowly forming on the design wall.
I have two more studio days, and then I will be manning the SAQA booth at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Fort Worth.  Some of the SAQA "Deux" quilts will be there, and I'll be selling the catalog of the exhibit and, hopefully, signing up new members.  I'll post more about the expo later this week.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Hard at Work

 Busy busy week.  Monday was my birthday, and also studioQ meeting.  I spent the day with fiber friends, and then Brian took me to one of our favorite restaurants for a birthday dinner.  Tuesday I decided it was time to get to work on Tuning Fork #13.  Here's a peek at my progress so far:
Lucky number 13!
On Wednesday afternoon I decided I needed a break from the black and gray, so I pulled out three quilt tops I started this summer, and reworked them a bit.  These two are slightly better:
Figure Study #5
Figure Study #3

This one I pretty much mangled.  Death by rotary cutter:
Figure Study #4.  RIP

Today I did some office work, and my assignment for my goal setting class with Lisa Call.  It's a great class.  And I spent some time in the garden with the turtles.  The weather here is a little cooler (still in the upper 80s, but tolerable) and I'm trying to get the garden into shape.  Fall here is a beautiful time -- after a hot, dry summer everything bursts into bloom once again.  And the nights are much cooler.  Kind of like what we called Indian Summer in Ohio.  And then, sometime around Thanksgiving, the leaves turn and fall.  I'm looking forward to the cooler weather!

I'm linking this to Off the Wall Friday -- http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com

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