Sunday, August 14, 2022

Decisions

At times one has to make a decision. Which way do I progress with this quilt?  What do I do with this selection of fabrics.  
I started with a charm pack of fabrics in warm colors,  red, yellow, orange, pink. This is not my usual choice of colors. I like to add purples and blues in with these colors.  I played with the simple block design in Electric quilt.  The plan was decided, or so the thought was at that time.  I started by cutting a number of yellow strips and chain pieced enough for two of the blocks.
 As you should always make a test block before going too far, 
I put those two blocks together. 

Clearly I made a mistake with the fabric charms on the left block. 
The two darks are together as are the two lights. 
While waiting for my zoom meeting Spanish class to begin, 
I used the seam ripper and fixed that issue. 

After my class, I was thinking of color changes. Without changing 
too much, could I make it more interesting?
Here is the original planned layout:
"A"
The blue green isn't the exact color,  I just used fabrics/colors 
that were in EQ to approximate the idea. 

However.........
I could make more blue bordered blocks and do a 
Checkerboard pattern like this:

"B"


But is the blue too intense in the corners that way?

Perhaps I could switch a bit and make this version?

"C"

The question remains, which do I make?  My cutting table is covered
with the beginnings of this and I am still not close to a decision. 

I don't want to redesign the entire quilt in EQ, but I am thinking of 
adding a row of charm squares from the same collection as
between each third of the quilt (top to bottom) to make it a 
longer and more useful quilt. (okay so I did go back in EQ
and redesign!)
A-1

B-1

C-1

D



Now I ask you to choose.  Which version do you like best? 
Should the charms go between the sections 
OR 
maybe at the top and bottom inside the borders????
I didn't put ALL the options in photo form, 
so if there is a not listed option that you think
will be best, tell me about it.

I  would love to hear your thoughts on this. 

Decisions, decisions!

Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Friday, August 12, 2022

Friday Face Off 8/12/2022

Welcome to my stop on the Friday Face Off, a weekly challenge.  

This week, I am happy to show my latest quilted face creation.  
Some of you may have seen the beginning of this one on
July 29th.  He is now happily finished. 
You may notice that part of his beard is created with added colored ink/pencil.
I do wish the color blended a bit better. I had him all quilted before the 
decision that he needed more facial hair. 
A close friend told me that he looks like a self portrait. Ha ha.
I have had a goatee in the past but it was different than this. 

After I got the basic "eyes, nose, mouth, eyebrows" on this fellow, 
I took a phone photo and used a digital drawing tool to see
just where I wanted him to go. 
Of course that doesn't mean he will come out like the drawing, 
it is simply a rough map to guide my ideas. 
Here is that photo with drawn overlay. 

Sometimes I wonder if I should just grab some paint and
add various parts.  I do the eye pupil with a black marker, 
then the highlight with a tiny drop of white paint. 

If you are wondering, I have considered (many times) coloring
my hair that color of purple.  I am just not sure I could 
wear it with total confidence. And honestly, I don't know 
that I want to stand out quite that much. 

One other thing you may have noticed if you are really 
an eagle eyed viewer, is that the face shape changed from this shape
to a shape with more sculpted cheekbones. 

I am linking up with  DVArtist for the Friday FaceOff.
  Clicking the link will take you to her blog.  It is a great opportunity
 to see how various people interpret the challenge.


Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Friday, August 05, 2022

Friday Face Off 8/2/2022

This week was unusually busy due to circumstances beyond my control.  So, the quilted face did not get finished this week. I did make a bit of progress, but it still has a couple of days work to be done. 

Thus, I dug into the archives (aka my sketch books from years past) and found a face that I don't remember drawing.  Clearly, I did draw it, because I signed it. 
I can certainly image transforming this face into fabric at some point in the future. 
I love the way I rendered her hairstyle. It seems quilt classic and perfect for her face. 
I have no idea if I can render it as well in fabric. 

While I was browsing in the sketchbooks, I also found this drawing
of something that is now pretty much a relic.

Several years ago (after these drawings) I was in Mexico for vacation. 
I was taking "artsy" photos just for fun with my digital camera.  One thing
that kept cropping up was discarded shoes. I took photos of all of them 
although I have no idea if I kept any of those files. 
When I saw the next drawings, I remembered the 
"Lost Shoes of Mexico."

Sometimes, I was sketching in a waiting room - for example the socked foot in a slipper, above.



I think this one was drawn after looking at an ad in a women's magazine. 
But, I confess that the memory is quite vague. 

I am linking up with  DVArtist for the Friday FaceOff.
  Clicking the link will take you to her blog.  It is a great opportunity
 to see how various people interpret the challenge.


Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


Comments are welcomed. I will reply when possible. Of course if you are a "No Reply Blogger"- I can not reply. Links in comments will result in the entire comment being deleted.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Designing Quilts

Recently an old copy of 100 Quilt Blocks showed up in my inspiration viewing stack.   One of the blocks on the cover started me wondering "What if...."
Finally,  I had looked long enough and decided to play with that block AND draw another block or two to go with it.  I opened Electric Quilt 8 and began to play. 

The alternate block is simply the first block with the outer four sections 
turned 180 degrees. I think it makes a very striking design. 

Next up was the same base block with an alternate block that I just made up
for this design. I am pretty happy with this design also. 
 I think I like the second one better. I decided, on it, to make the 
centers in a variety of fabrics to add a bit more fun.
That also helps to use up scraps. 

Will I make either of these?  At this point it is uncertain. 
In case you are wondering, I designed each block to be 
twelve inches square. However, it should be simple enough  for 
you to resize it to suit your plans. 


Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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