I am sure you are wondering about this when you see “2nd edition” on the cover.
As most of you know, I do a lot of teaching, and my active role in design is ongoing as I create multiple quilts every year. As I work I think about instances that come up and how I can share these in the classroom. That is how the update happened, and 2/3 of the content and photos are all new. My ultimate desire is to help you engage in this magical creative process that I love.
Speaking of which, images play a big roll in color and design for me. I am not looking to create the imagery realistically, just how I see it--I am looking for clues in how I might use color, texture, and line in future quilts. I take lots of photos and keep track of them on my IPad. I print them out from time to time, and paste them in my journal using rubber cement. (I like this method because I can peel the photo up if I need to.)
This afternoon, clouds arrived in our 94 degree summer day and I realized that the light was perfect for taking some photos. My garden and yard is truly in bloom and just feels magical to me. I will comment on the different images, and maybe it will inspire you to look around you and find something interesting that sparks your imagination.
A triple sunflower appeared today in the garden. I like the radiating idea of the petals, maybe I should do another New York Beauty style quilt, but design my own block?
Purple and leaf green is a favorite color combination, but the bit of orange is just magical, too.
Lamb’s Ear is so fascinating when it blooms with the tiny clusters of flowers and simple shaped leaves. Of course, the colors are so soothing as well with the dusty sage green and just a bit of purple. The simplicity of the leaf shape could easily translate into a quilting design.
This year I wanted my patio pots to have interesting textural plants as well as flowers and I settled on blues and oranges. I constantly look for textured fabrics that could make an appearance in my work. I especially like silks and linen, and sometimes a commercial printed fabric or a hand printed texture will work. Send me photos of your work in progress or finished. I love to see what people are creating!