I love it when I get on a schedule where I can work steadily. It feels good to be getting things accomplished. Working from home guarantees lots of interruptions! Now that I’ve said that, let me show you what I finished today…the “Kemshall Bag”. My progressive work on this bag has been documented in previous posts. The sample in Quilting Arts had square beads hand sewn on the edge and there were lots of them. I had already put so much handwork time into this, I wanted to finish the edge in a more timely fashion, so I chose a pre-packaged beaded trim. A little ribbon for the hanger and it’s finished and ready for gift giving.
This next project is in process. It all started with a piece of rust dyed cotton sateen. That was the inspiration along with a piece of screened cloth with turquoise and black dye. I have had the pieces laid out together so I could stare at it for a couple of weeks. Today I went into action to implement my vision. In the book The Painted Quilt, by Linda and Laura Kemshall, they document how they never start working on the cloth until they have sketched, painted, and mapped the initial idea out in a journal. I love their journals and that is a wonderful idea, and I will do sketches and doodles, but so far they have never emerged into anything full blown. I was enjoying the colors of the rust and turquoise together along with some discharged black cotton sateen. So I took pictures of the layout, ran some photos out and then proceeded to sketch my ideas onto the photo. For some reason, I find that photographing the layout and seeing it on the computer screen helps me to better see and finalize the initial composition. Having photographs of that gives me the opportunity to sketch onto it more layers of what I see as the final look. If that look doesn’t work for me, I can make another photo to work on. I use 4″ x 6″ glossy photo paper from Epson. Every time I order ink from them, I get a free packet of 4″x6″ photo paper, so I’m not really out anything but some ink. I have done this a couple of times and find the idea very helpful for me. I wish I were as organized and thoughtful as the Kemshall’s, but at this point, I’m just not.
The piece is larger than what I have worked on recently. I decided I needed to do something larger. Since I’m not sure what I will do with this or where it might be entered, if at all, for now I am going to hold out on the full view and just show a few closeups. It is ready for quilting and I am excited to get it to this stage. I don’t know if it’s good or not, but I love the colors and I’m happy with the theme and it does look just like my sketch on the photograph. The name of it is….But Words Will Never Hurt Me. (You know the old saying..sticks and stones may break my bones…) And who knows…maybe the start of a series?
Rust dyed cotton sateen, dye painted screened cotton, discharged black cotton sateen, stamped, discharged, inked.