Working on my latest project and trying out a LOT of different ideas. I have about 6 more to try before I decide on the final techniques.
On my way and full speed ahead. I got all the labels and sleeves on all my newest quilts. I received my fabric from Spoonflower. Since I was only printing one color (black) I was amazed at how fast the fabric arrived. I think from uploading the design to in my mailbox was less than 5 days using the standard shipping.
The fabric is now sporting lots of color that I applied with various "paints". The fabric is pinned on the design wall and waiting for the next step. I am currently cutting fabrics, yarns, and other things, pinning, moving and going through my process.
David can't fathom how I work during this step. He designs all his quilts on the computer and knows where everything is going before he cuts the first piece. He makes small modifications along the way, but his quilts are designed from the computer up.
I work with a basic concept and idea on where I would like to be at the finish. My design process is more like a walk in the woods, following paths, looking at dappled shadows, picking up leaves, and rambling from meadow to wooded area, and back again. I love looking at abstract and free form paintings to get ideas on composition or new color combinations. If you have a Pinterest account, check out my From Edge 2 Edge boards for Art Quilts and Painters I Like.
Do you have favorite ways to get inspired? Let me know what works for you.
David and I spent a few days in the Sutter Creek area. It is beautiful and we had a great time. I took LOTS of photos and I am hoping that some of what I photographed for inspiration will find its way into a quilt. We stayed at the Hanford House Inn for our trip and it was FABULOUS. The room was the perfect mix of modern and rustic and the innkeepers and staff were amazing. The breakfasts and scones are worth the trip alone. We were so relaxed after staying here and strolling daily through the town.
David and I spent a few days touring through Volcano, Murphys, Columbia, and all the little towns in between. We did stop at a few wineries and we highly recommend Cooper Vineyards for their Barbera, Sangiovese and Grenache. We also stopped at the Amador 360° cooperative that serves wine from smaller wineries that don't have tasting rooms. They have a great selection of wines and are very knowledgeable of the wines offered in the valley. Dick is able to match your preferences and direct you to local tasting rooms.
We are definitely going to return to this area again and stay at the Hanford House Inn. There is a lot more exploring to do and pictures to take.
David & Patricia
We are fiber artists that live in Southern California. We work our jobs by day and create our art by night.