A Finish and what’s up next
I’m crazy busy this week prepping for my 3-day Free Motion Freedom Seminar this week but I’m excited too! I did have a finish:
Each year SAQA‘s premier fundraising event is an auction of 12″ x 12″ works created and donated by members. All proceeds help support SAQA’s exhibition programs, publications, and education outreach. The auction will run September 9 through October 2 and donations are due June 30th. I wanted to get ahead of the game as I am desperately trying to finish a piece for Houston due May 26!
I started with an ice dye by Debra Linker. I did not use the whole panel in my piece. I kinda hated to waste any of its beauty, but I really wanted to use it for my auction piece. This is my first try at using an ice dye in a whole cloth. I wanted to use my quilting to capture and enhance the beauty of the ice dye:
It doesn’t have a name yet. I think I did a decent job of capturing the beauty of the pattern. It killed me to leave some blank spaces unquilted, but ultimately I think those unquilted areas add to the beauty of the piece. And, there is still time to add more quilting if I decide it needs more.
I’m still a little nervous about leaving all that unquilted space, but it’s so pretty!
I deliberately left the back plain to show the quilting. Me likes it!
I heavily quilted the areas in the middle of each side, hoping to enhance the feathers.
I also unearthed some work from a few years ago that I didn’t know what to do with:
That is only a partial shot of the piece and it doesn’t show the color well. The background is a light blue dupioni silk and all the “flowers” are silk also. The colors are glorious. I think this will be my next project. It will be a wall hanging maybe 50″ x 30′?
In the meantime…
this is under my machine. I am making a much larger piece from the same silk as my Ukrainian piece,but a different silk border. I have looooooved working on this piece and I am super excited about it! It’s not only larger but a more complex design in the center that I am proud of having designed. I can’t wait to have time to work on it again.
I am calling it my #impossiblehoustonproject on my Instagram feed because….it is kind of impossible to try to make that deadline. But dang, I’ve made good progress so far. IF I don’t do something stupid (I would not take any bets on that one), I really could make the deadline. Stay tuned.
I do hope to post photos of quilts in the Paducah show next week. Please be patient with me. Those posts really take a lot of time and I may just not have it.
I will be posting next week about my seminar – I just love to be with my student for several days. They can make so much headway when I can work with them for 3 – 5 days. I’m excited to share my experience with you!
I’ll share at:
Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday
Finished or Not Friday.
Jan Courtney Millner says
You’re a constant of well of inspiration! Keep the sharing coming!
Jenny Lyon says
Aw thank you Jan! I enjoy sharing.
Nina-Marie Sayre says
You had me at dupioni silk….lovely!
Jenny Lyon says
Oh yeah, silk is the bomb!
B.J. Tatum says
Wonderful inspiring work!
Aw, thank you BJ!
It’s fun to quilt those one-of-a-kind, ice dyes, I’ve done it too. Cutting them up would lose the whole point. I’m currently doing a triple line pass on a floral piece but I’m being sloppy on purpose, having to hit the line exactly would give me hives!
Oh I would love to see what you’ve done with ice dyes! Do share if you’d like!
Angela Grasse says
The flowers are great!
Thank you Angela! I loved working on this.
Beautiful! The empty spaces do enhance the rest of the quilting….sometimes your eyes need to rest to appreciate the whole!
Good eye Susan! Yes, the eye needs a place to rest.
Gwyned Trefethen says
I’m loving your self designed flower, leaf and tendrils style. Very Jacobean. The Aurifil Lana’s Wool line is perfect for it. Dang, I’m feeling a need to give it a try myself.
Jenny Lyon says
Oh do try it and share! It’s amazing. Thank you, it’s fun!
Cathy Stone says
Would be curious to hear what you have to say about your class with Irene Roderick. I am taking her zoom in June. Love her new book!
Oh she was excellent in every way! She does zoom very well, gave each student consideration without favoring one over another, an encouraging demeanor and just a delightful person. She has no ego in it and I loved her! Her work is exceptional of course and she walks you through how to build your own.