Thursday, January 28, 2016

Still In My Blue Period

I spent several days this week at the Trinity Valley Guild Retreat.  I love retreats.  Where else can you sit at your sewing machine from morning until midnight?  Where else will someone prepare all of your meals and do all of the cleanup?  Where else can you get a daily massage to soothe your aching back?  Where else can you sew with 75 of your closest friends?

The Trinity Valley Retreat is held at a hotel and spa on Lake Texoma.  It's a lovely place, and very quiet in January.  We had a beautiful view out of our bedroom window:
We each had plenty of work space, and Wendy and I put up design walls near our sewing stations:
Wendy was working on a large "wonky square" quilt.  Mine was much smaller.

Since it is still January, I had taken a pile of blue fabrics with me.  My first task was to finish the third bouquet quilt:
Blue Bouquet #3, 26" x 38"
The next day, I made two improvisational pieces with my blue fabrics and the scraps from the bouquet quilt.  I had taken along some fabric that I had screen printed and some fabric I had clamp dyed (itajime shibori), so I threw them into the mix.
Subdivisions 17, 23" x 33"
My fellow retreaters decided that the largest circle looked like a big eye, so they embellished it for me while I was out getting a massage:
The "Eye of Sauron", a collaborative effort
For the record, I removed the eye-lashes.  I don't like my quilts to stare back at me.

I noticed as I made the second improvisational piece that each successive quilt seems to lean more towards the turquoise end of the blue spectrum. I am very fond of turquoise.
Subdivisions #18, 26" x 18"
I am officially done with the January palette.

I spent the last two days of the retreat working on a new Tuning Fork.  Riffing off Mondrian.
Tuning Fork #30, T with Mondrian, 22" x 31"
At the end of the retreat, my wall looked like this.  Pretty good output for a week of sewing!
Now it's time to pick a palette for February.  Any suggestions?

I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall FridayFriday Fabric FrenzyConfessions of a Fiber Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.  Go see all the wonderful work there!

9 comments:

Carol Trice said...

February colors...pink or red? What a great time to just sew....jealous.

Shannon said...

I love the roundness of the circles next to the linearity of the piecing! Glad you removed the eyelashes though :)

Jayne said...

What beautiful quilts! Just amazing!

Stitchified said...

Wow, you've been busy! Congrats on your week of productivity! :)

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

You made fantastic progress! What an exploration of blue. I think red for February as well.

Paige said...

Wow! You got a lot done at the retreat! They are all beautiful!

Norma Schlager said...

It's hard to believe that you got that much piecing done in one week. It is all wonderful! As for February's color, RED, definitely red. And remember that all reds go together.

Regina B Dunn said...

Your design wall looks way cool. The tuning fork quilt is one that I would pick for January. The whites for snow, the blues for cold, the yellow for the sun trying to peak through, and the reds for the fires in people's fireplaces.

mindingmomma said...

Yellow and orange? The sun rays barely peeking through winter?

Sign up for my studio newsletter