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What’s happening in my studio these days? More work on the second month of Sheila Frampton Cooper’s Block of the Month class. When she says “block,” it really means a loose collection of colors, shapes and lines pieced together. It doesn’t actually resemble a real block. We start out with a suggested “pattern” and make cuts and add lines and colors as we go. Each addition or subtraction comes with a myriad of decisions: what color? what shape? how do I put this together? It is a slow, puzzle solving process. I am enjoying it immensely. Last time I created these:
I since discovered I have the start of two different quilts. One is paler with the pale pinks and yellows, and the other with the brighter, bolder colors. For this month, we were told to create some “background” panels, which we would cut into later. This process reminds me of the Buddhist monks creating sand mandalas for days and then sweeping it all away. A reminder of impermenance. These were my background panels:
Now fast forward to the cutting, I came up with this curvy block:
As you can imagine, this took a few days to construct in between chores and real life.
And the “straight” line block:
This one is not quite done, but almost. And even though I tried, I couldn’t not add some curves and waves.
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class also progresses. I had a small but talented group this time. This month we are starting an Intermediate class of graduates of the first class. These students will tackle more difficult, larger and generally more complex subjects. AND as a special bonus, I will be working right along side them making a piece and videoing my efforts. One thing I learned from Sheila’s class, is that it’s really useful to watch her decision making process and to see exactly how she does things. So I am trying that in my own teaching.
Since this is a class on pictorial art quilting working from a photo, I grabbed a photo from a free desktop photo site.
I think it will be challenging to get those clouds and water right. I boosted the contrast and color in my photo editing a bit to this:
I’ll be sharing my process on this piece too over the coming weeks…..
What’s happening in your studio?
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