Category Archives: process

Making Plans/Goals

     I am waiting for this huge storm but, so far, only a few inches compared to the 12 inches forecasted. I have my dyes mixed and am ready to try a limited amount of snow dyeing. I spent some time today dyeing some lovely threads. That is always fun.

    I did have some time over the holiday break to make some plans for the next year. And start making a set of goals for the year. Are you ready? To be bored reading another list on someone’s blog? All joking aside, I do think the list might push me along.

Goals/Plans For 2011

1. Complete 20 quilts 3×3 or larger by the end of the year. At least 5 of these quilts will be in a series                       investigating motifs and varying colors.
2. Investigate various surface design techniques including screen printing and deconstructed screen printing.
3.  Continue fabric dyeing in the warm months.
4.  Attend/complete the following workshops:
     Artist’s Toolbox: Lyric Kinard-online at Quilt University  January 28th

     Creating Compositional Cloth : Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan at the The barn: May 16-20th
     Silk Dyeing Feb 6th  adult ed at Kendall College
     ? one more for fall

One of my favorite Vermont barns


     The 20 quilts is very ambitious for me. 20 tops-yes but 20 done. Mmm….lots of focus will be required. In all reality,  the next four months mean lots of quilts. (Once May hits our family with sports schedules, I fight a losing battle on getting much done in my studio. ) The overall goal of this year is to gain more exposure to surface design techniques and to investigate motifs within my quilts. Surface design techniques- I am not sure this is an avenue I want to use but I won’t know until I try them.

     Well there you have it. It did take me awhile to decide. I love the push that a workshop or class gives me. Maybe a workshop junkie. But a discerning one. I did say no to the Sketchbook Challenge and Jude Hill’s last online class. But it’s just about killing me not to do Jude’s class:).

Off to finish dyeing some floss. It’s getting late.

Be creative, my friends.

Zero, Zip, Nada, Nothing

     That’s what my dad would say when he didn’t get anything done at work. I am afraid I could say the same for this week. I had a project up on my design wall and I made 16 blocks for it and then ten more. I played with it. I moved it around. I slept on the idea. I put some of it together. That was kind of delusional. Desperate. Then I cut it up more after I sewed some of the blocks together. I just didn’t like it.It was a disaster. And it was big. A big ugly disaster and I am even showing it to you. Oh well…my husband said-I guess that’s the good part of being an aspiring artist- you can start over again. Well, I guess so but I was pretty frustrated. I feel like at this point there should be some predictibilty in what I want to do…Ha-ha. Maybe I could go to work as  fabric cutter or ironing lady. It could be my new profession. It is a very humbling process. I am not using this- I hated the blue and green line through it which I didn’t strip piece but cut each piece individually. Not even smart. I will salvage some pieces-for what-just to make myself feel better?  Oh well.

     My natural dyeing attempt was kind of a bust, too. But that was absolutely my fault. Always read the directions first! It’s in the washer and I will show it to you next post so you can see and avoid my mistakes. I loved the frozen flower petals I did earlier- a warm butter yellow. Yum.

     I went to our West Michigan Fiber Arts group on Monday night and our talented Gail Myrrhorodosky gave a great presentaion on the process of creating one of her pieces. Lots of yarn and fibers stitched down with tulle, solvy and aquamagic. That was a privilege.
     So 20+ hours later, I am back to work. Today I will use a pattern for a very pink baby quilt. Safe, isn’t it?  And I am ok with it.

    Or maybe I should just tackle some works in process. Or carve a pumpkin with the kids.

     I love this. Intrigued by white. Must focus though.

Be creative, my friends. For me. I am not this week.