Friday, January 27, 2012

Do I need to vacuum?

    When Sir Old Man asked if he needed to pull out the vacuum, my heart stopped.  No!!!!   Not because he offered but because I was in the middle of creating......and a mess.  I mean it has to be important if I turned down an offer to clean, right?  So, as embarrassing as it is, this is part of what he was offering to "suck" up in the vacuum.
  All my  cut 2" squares of fabric that are very artfully / usefully/ carefully scattered along the base of the design wall.  Yes, this is often how I work on a watercolor.  If a piece doesn't blend.....to the floor.  If I need a certain value....look on the floor or in one of the trays.    It is there, somewhere.   
   This is what is on the design wall right now..........my first start of the new year.  I have really not felt like starting a big project so far, so this one will have to do.  
   It has been great to just play and blend squares for the last couple of afternoons.  I started with the outer border and decided to use a 3 square grid to create it--- blending from dark to light.   I am not happy with the bottom half of the outer border, so I will rework it when I get more going in the center. 
   Just keep that vacuum out of sight until this one fully develops.  
Happy stitching.



7 comments:

  1. Fun to see a watercolor quilt in the works. When my Mom made one her neighbor loaned her a portable design wall. Mom has never had one and it was too hard to pick everything up off of the floor and keep it in order whenever she needed her living room. : )
    I love the effect of the border!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your work in progress- it is very interesting to see the process (especially since I now own one of your beautiful quilts).

    My WM would also offer to vacuum - but not in my sewing room while I'm in here!

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  3. Being in the middle of the design process is a good reason to refuse volunteered cleaning/vacuuming services.... love your new water color quilt... looking good!

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  4. So that's how you design your water color quilts! The one & only one I ever made was with things called stratas & there was a lot of ripping out (on purpose)& bagging up strata strips, etc. It was a lot of work but it has turned out to be my favorite quilt so far. I think its' just because it's a watercolor quilt (which I dearly love).

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  5. Just seeing the heading "Do I need to Vacuum" made me say NO, although I would have sent mine to do the rest of the house. As usual, that is going to be gorgeous, I love your style.

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  6. It is really interesting to see how others work. It looks like you're working on a giant puzzle.
    Very pretty.

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  7. Very pretty! I love your system. My hubby will vacuum on occassions, too. I have him trained to pick up the crumbs, or wait for them to be picked up, before the vac comes into the sewing room. It takes a while... we've been married 43+ years.
    Hugs!

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