Before I forget, I wanted to share with you the wonderful Valentine's postcard that Linda made for me during the swap that Sheila organized.
Don't you just love the vintage looking flowers? Linda has a cool stamp that she uses on the back of her postcards.
And I thought that you'd like to see the Canadian stamp.
I forgot to take photos of the Valentine's postcards that I mailed out to Linda and to Sheila, but if you go on their blogs, you can see photos. I painted the background fabric using textile paints and then appliqued hearts over that, which was a lot of fun.
Okay, I know you're thinking, what the heck is an oatmeal quilt? This past week I started an improv quilt for my family room using a variety of fabrics from batiks to prints to solids. I pieced ten blocks, put them up on my studio wall and I realized that they reminded me of bland oatmeal because just about every fabric had the same value. You know what gloppy oatmeal looks like and you eat it because it's good for you, but it can be rather uninspiring by itself.
I don't know about you, but when I'm stumped with a quilting/weaving project I either go for a long walk with my dogs or set out for a bike ride. And while I'm out enjoying the fresh air, I'm thinking about color/texture/design and how to solve the problem that I'm facing. It came to me about four blocks from my house that I needed to add more color and I needed to add different values for visual interest. So I started scrolling through the color wheel in my head while I'm walking home and I decided to add bright orange, acid green, sunny yellow, and plum. I fairly ran home to start quilting again-I cut up all of the previous blocks into smaller units and remade each one.
This is where I am so far and I can tell you it's much, much better :-)
It went from boring oatmeal to oatmeal with cranberries and orange zest. Okay, no more talk of food-I'm not starving, honest.
On the weaving side of things, I'm still playing with the long 8/2 cotton warp that I put on for weaving twill kitchen towels. This time I'm using a navy 8/2 cotton weft and the weave structure is crepe weave from A Handweaver's Pattern Book by Marguerite P. Davison.
The other day my husband and I were out hiking in the foothills with our two dogs and we noticed this bird's nest swinging in the breeze.
I saw a few small mushrooms growing in amongst the sagebrush.
And an interesting erosion break in the hillside close to us.
Well, I'm off to create more improv blocks. It's a rough life, but I'll soldier on ;-)