Monthly Archives: November 2014

Colorful Choices

Last week’s French Braid turned out so well that I decided to do another.  After having seen a gorgeous yellow rose, with peach and coral at the edges of the petals, that has become my color palette for the next piece.  Sometimes it is hard to find enough peach colored fabrics for me, but right now, I have a pretty good collection.

With Dark Accent Fabric
With Dark Accent Fabric

So the next step was to go back to the fabric store (what a hardship!) to purchase an accent fabric.  Much to my surprise, I found TWO!  So the question became – which one to use?

Light Background Fabric
Light Background Fabric

The answer is to use BOTH.  I will do two French Braids, one with a dark accent fabric, and one with a lighter one.  Honestly, these colors seem to vibrate in my chest, making them part of my wellness program.

French Braid

Every once in a while a project doesn’t go quite the way I expected it to, but turns out so much better that it is breathtaking.  So it was with this French Braid.

Peaches and Teal
Peaches and Teal

Originally, it was going to be in one of my all time favorite color combinations – peach and green.  My wedding was in peach and green, as is my bedroom. But the teal snuck in and made for such a vibrant contrast that I became rather obsessed with putting all the pieces together so I could see them together.

On my camera, the borders came out deep blue, so this photo has been altered in Photoshop.  The real thing is a bit brighter than this, and absolutely thrilling to me.  This piece will go on my etsy store if I can ever part with it.

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The French Braid pattern is very satisfying to me, as the colors gradiate, and make for a design reminiscent of a cathedral window.  My next one of these is being lined up now, in yellows and peaches, inspired by a rose I saw the other day.  Stay tuned!

Living in the Midwest

I have joined PAQA (Professional Art Quilters Association), and gone to a couple of meetings.  A quilt challenge has been suggested, for members of this group, and the finished pieces will be shown at a big quilt expo in the spring.

Living in the Midwest
Living in the Midwest

The subject of the challenge is “The Midwest”, and we are meant to depict, in 18 square inches, what living in the Midwest means to us.

To me it means variety and contrast.  I used photos that I took myself, and printed them on fabric.  One is of Chicago’s “Bean” (officially named Cloudgate), and one is of Dugout Lake in Hazelhurst, Wisconsin, just down the hill from the cabin that used to belong to my grandmother.  The juxtaposition of these images shows that living here in Chicago, I not only have access to one of the major cities in the country, its architecture, cultural diversity and stimulation, but also to the beauty and peace of the great outdoors.  The images are arranged in a yin/yang symbol, to represent opposite forces balancing each other.  In the four corners are the colors of the four seasons – more variety and contrast.  The change of seasons is one the things I love the most about being here.