Friday, September 4, 2009

Fall Arrives Early

The hibiscus has almost stopped blooming, the mornings are cooler and less humid, and more new birds arrive from their Northern homes every day. Fall has come early to SE Texas, but we're not sorry to see it because it also means that the air is thick with hummingbirds.

I am finishing up all my current obligations so I can go on vacation next weekend worry-free.

In that vein and thinking that perhaps my commission client might like to explore the nature and texture of the absence of color, this week I stitched another quiltie sample. What I thought would be the last sample before I begin work on the actual piece. Best laid plans.

I planned, as usual to split the pleats with sharp scissors and drop it into the washer/dryer for a few long runs in each machine. This sample, however, would not be dyed or painted as the others had been. It was always intended to remain white. I even tried a new stitch pattern, congratulating myself on how clever I am.

I snipped the pleats, ran it through the machines, and this was my prize.

Whoa... no, thank you.

This misshapen mess may get cut apart for something else, or it may languish in a drawer until ghastly white quilts are in fashion. Either way, there's no way I'd show it to my client.

Back to the sewing machine for the last last sample.

My pleating is getting better, yeah?

So, snip, wash, dry, wash, dry, wash, dry, and presto...

Pretty respectable.

So, the testing is done, now I make the presentation to the client.

The other big news is that I have finished my portion of Compositional Conversation and will be sending it on to the next artist, Leslie Bixel, tomorrow or Tuesday (Monday is a holiday).

It was a complete blast! You'll have to wait to read about it and see my photos, though... Terry will post both on Monday, September 14th.

Have a great weekend and happy creating!
- Judi
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