Saturday, February 04, 2006

Dancing at Sunset



This is what I am and will be working on for quite a while. You may recognize the pink background, it's the fabric I posted a few days ago and didn't know what I was going to do with. And then I started laying colors on top of it and this started to happen. I wish I was the kind of quilter that starts out with a sketch and knows exactly which color is going to go where. It would make my virgo very happy, or the "perfect" part of my personality very happy, (if anyone has ever done personality testing like Myers Briggs, there's another one out there called the Personaliaty Puzzle which tells whether you're Powerful, Popular, Perfect or Peaceful or what combination you are) but my creativity has no room for autocratic pre-planning. In this instance I auditioned fabrics and shapes and ideas all at the same time. And I think they work. Looking back, that was the easy part. Now for the quilting. Oh, dear. My friend Sarah said "Just start." And so I will. Oh, dear.


close up of Dancing at Sunset

On another note, we had our Art Quilts Maine meeting today. I always come away feeling energized by the sharing and creativity of the group. For instance, Sarah (another Sarah) shared a calendar she had put together for her friends and family of pictures of her quilts...one for each month. What a great idea! It doesn't HAVE TO BE FAMILY PHOTOS. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Deborah had some of her small pieces and her house series of postcards, which I could hold in my hand for the last time. Maine's loss is Texas's gain...but we'll still be able to experience her shine from far away. Kate led a dual workshop on working with angelina AND carving our own stamps...I made a beautiful leaf which is definitely going to show up in something sometime. Thank you Kate!

8 comments:

Joanne S said...

Love the new piece. Sometimes you just have to let the creative side have a go at it and let the thinking side take a nap. Easier said than done--a few oops's happen but every now and then a great piece and this is great.

Deborah gave me the info on a counter. Husband installed it and our connection to Blogger ended abruptly--a system malfunction and not the result of his handiwork--I hope.

Scrapmaker said...

Kathy I LOVE "Dancing At Sunset".
It is wonderful when pieces "evolve" so perfectly. Jen

Sonji Hunt said...

WOWZA! I'm in love with it. It has a simplicity of composition but the colors and patterns really activate the entire space. DOUBLEWOWZA!!

mary m. said...

A new Maniac friend! I love your new piece, and your stamp is awesome...

Shirley Goodwin said...

Looks great, Kathy. If you're into dyeing and painting, consider joining the Dyers Webring. Visit my blog http://shirleygoodwin.blogspot.com/ and click on "JOIN" on the Dyers button. We're a small group, no requirement to be a professional dyer, just someone who enjoys making their own fabric this way.

Shirley in New Zealand

Brooke said...

Kathy, I saw your new piece on Deborah's blog, and I loved it so much I had to come and leave a comment, but then I saw your other wonderful pieces and the gorgeous view from your windows (I'm so jealous and living in Singapore...not like Maine at all...) and the adorable rocker for your even more adorable granddaughter, and now I've run out of adjectives.

Elle said...

I think it's so easy to get stuck when it comes to colors that you just have to let it happen. I really like your new piece.

Becky said...

OOO, I really like Dancing At Sunset, the colors are great!