Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Watercolor and workshop

  I didn't get a post done to share the watercolor experimental piece.  Last month I shared the collection of units made with 2'' floral squares.  I ended up with 12 of them.  The fused blocks started at 14'', and when the seams were sewn  ended up as 10 1/2''.







    I played with various layouts but kept returning to this style with the light areas spreading in a diagonal across the top.  In the end I decided to sash them together.  If you have visited before, you are aware that it is not a favorite technique of mine.    Yet, I thought it was needed for this top.  I used various very light florals as the sashings....to define the block units and blend where the light areas moved from one block to another.
  Then a band of 2'' strips were added around the outer side.  I am thinking it needs one more round of dark floral fabrics.  For now it is on the design wall.





 
 
Tuesday was a great workshop.  All eight were fairly new to the concept of blending fabrics and value.  A couple were very much worried about using different colors.....until I kept tossing in colors they hadn't thought to choose.  Anyway,  a few of the projects in process.  My photos aren't great but you can see how they began.

       







         
   I had them begin designing after sorting the values of squares.  Light areas were decided on and then the darker areas--usually at the bottom were laid out.    I made the rounds as they worked, pointing at areas that needed some tweaking.  And
always pushing the value viewer, and smoothing hard lines.

  The one fabric lacking.....light values!  We flipped a lot of squares over to get light enough values.   No surprise there, so before another workshop, I need to scope out more light values.





 

   At the end of 4 hours, everyone had a fused piece to take home and sew.   I asked for finished photos to share here, so I am expecting some really good results.

  Sir Old Man was useful as always...beyond lugging and toting the supplies, He helped iron some final pieces!  I could not teach without him.

   I ended the day with a short nap, and long shower.  Pure bliss.

Happy stitching.

11 comments:

  1. So much fun! I'd love to take one of your classes. I hope you get finished pictures that you can share with us, they're always so pretty.

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  2. Sounds like you had a great day. I hope to see some of your students' work. Wish I could be in one of your workshops.

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  3. So glad it went well. I'd love to be in one of your classes and I bet every one of your students was delighted. ~Jeanne

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  4. I'm with Dana, would love to take a class with you.

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  5. I think the sashing in your piece gives the appearance of a garden trellis.
    Those students learned from the best. I hope you get some photos to share. (I recall my Mom flipped fabrics, and not just in her watercolor quilts. And most of the time it was on purpose. LOL)

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  6. It is always fun to watch the students work and to teach them the tweaking to create a really nice piece.

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  7. I find the value I'm usually short of is ths lights. I seem to have mostly medium values. Also need to add to the darkz, but not as much as the lights. I need to get back to my watercolor trip around the world.
    Pat

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  8. Great workshop! I love how they jumped right in. I need to overcome the inertia and drag out all those squares I have been collecting and get them on the wall. So glad you were able to teach them.

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  9. In my current bed quilt I have flipped one of the fabrics because the "back" looked nicer in the design.
    I need that workshop for blending and tweaking.

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  10. I love how you've set your watercolour blocks, the border of dark squares really holds everything in beautifully and I think it would look great with another row. Looks like a good workshop and not too long.

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