Kara B.

These weeks in this class have been amazing. I don’t have a lot of time to respond to people’s posts, but I truly appreciate everyone’s comments and have a huge respect for everyone in this group. I’m not sure where my current quilting art journey is taking me, but I am so excited about what I am doing. As far as myself and continuing progress, my plan is as follows: 

1) I will continue learn at least one new technique a month and try it in a small piece.

2) I will write at least once a week about something related to a current or future project.

3) I will play with ideas just to see where it might take me.

4) I will embrace imperfections and finish projects, even if they aren’t what I consider perfect.

I have a few things that I have worked on during class. One of the big ones was exploring mixing dyes for hand-dying and making gradations with the mixes. I have fallen in love with hand-dying and wanted to see what kinds of color gradients I could get by mixing different primary colors. Here are some samples:

 I have learned a lot going through this process. Both of these were taken at the same location, lighting etc. The first used lemon yellow and the second, deep yellow. The reds were also different, one being fuchsia and the other light red. I find the differences in brightness of the resulting oranges and greens fascinating. Now I’m starting to work with them to get a feel for how I like to use them. This is my first attempt, with a different set of dyes than the two above:  

I had a lot of fun with this one. I made up the blocks as I went and then thought a plain border just wasn’t going to cut it, so I used scraps from making the blocks to make the little rainbow border. I still need to quilt it.

I also played with more creative types of dying. My favorite so far is this:

I am now overflowing with even more ideas than I started with before this class. It’s time to start processing them and playing in my studio!