I’m taking an online class in color and composition taught by Katie Pasquini-Masopust. Our first assignment was to make a piece using the 12 hues on the color wheel with 3 values of each on a neutral background. Rather than extensive shopping or searching in my stash, I created the 36 needed colors using Inktense blocks on white fabric.
And from these fabrics fused my design on a black background.
This is about 12″ square, not yet quilted.
A few recent arrangements…
This double spiral has been in place for a week, much longer than I expected for something so obvious and accessible.
The other arrangements blend into the natural environment. Less likely to be disturbed, these have been in place for a couple weeks. Although the rising level of the lake may make changes. I like the possibilities of this interaction.
A spiral rock slide inside the stump, partly natural, or someone else started this long ago.
Lately, I’ve been arranging rocks on the shore of the lake. I think about the contrast between the permanence of the rocks themselves and the transitory nature of what I do with them. I never know how long something I create will last.
Today I spent an hour selecting white rocks in graduated sizes, creating a spiral on a three foot wide stump. Thinking about the path I travel, getting caught up in tiny details of small stones as the curve tightens in the center.
And then, just as I started to take photos from a vantage point above the shore, a boy came along, momentarily considered the design, and within 5 seconds flung all of the rocks into the lake in two swift motions.
And climbed triumphantly onto the stump to kick off one remaining rock.
And it was gone. But the rocks and the stump remain, and I can create again another day.
I felt sorry for the boy, choosing to destroy rather than to just appreciate. I hope that someday I will see someone choose to add to one of my arrangements. But the joy is in creating, and there is meaning for me in the deliberate process.
It was a good day.
I love numbers. So as today’s date approached, I thought about making something to commemorate this number. I considered a 12″ square quilt, but for me, that only seemed like two twelves, not three. Then this morning, I woke up with the thought to make a cube, a cube that was 12cm on each side, 12x12x12. With 12 pieces on each side. And as long as I was making a cube, it might as well be a box. So, starting at 12:12 this afternoon, in a little under 12 hours, that’s what I did.
This completes a year of weekly journal quilts. It’s been a rewarding process, and something I’ll continue in some form, just need to figure out what that is…
Earlier this week a friend held a dyeing party. What fun to get together and play with color without making a mess at my house! One of the things we tried was ice dyeing, a first for me. I used a white cotton PFD fabric that was presoaked with soda ash. I bunched up the fabric on a grate, covered it with layers of ice cubes and sprinkled powdered Procion MX dyes over the ice. And waited. The next day, the fabric was rinsed out and dried. The pictures below show four of the 3/4 yard pieces with a detail shot of each one. I think the colors and patterns are wonderful and I can’t wait to try this again!