Category Archives: Bias Bound

Feb 16, 2012 Color

When I walked into the studio this morning before I turned on the light I looked at the pin wall.  Because the day is gray the light was not strong so the wall appeared in colors of darks, grays and tans.  Is this what a color blind person sees all the time I wondered?  I love color and it dose effect my life.  I am keenly aware of red this week for lots of reasons- Valentines day being a big part of that.Red and pink balloons  I was a hostess and  had to bring balloons  as table decorations to the luncheon on Tuesday.  Getting four of these clusters of balloons in the car was a challenge.  But the process made me smile all day long.  I have one cluster in the studio now and I am still grinning about the whole idea.    My husband gave me Red Roses for the holiday too.  They are another study in the wonders of red.    Color is a strong influence  on my life.Close up of Roses Color  is so very complex.  There are  labels like  tint, shade and hue. They are used to label feelings like” black moods”,  ” seeing red”, and “feeling blue”.  We all have our favorites and colors we dislike for various reasons.   Angela’s suggestion from the QEG’s meeting was that we study color, so I have purchased two books on that subject.( there are lots of them)   I intend to read do some exercises and see if I can build some additional color confidence.  In the mean time I will keep my eyes open and try to be more aware of the color that fills my world, being thankful that I see  them.

Progress Report:       Biases Bound Adventure Challenge #1      18″X22″

Full quilt ,red black and biasis strip cirlcleing across the surface
Biases Bound

Biases Bound is now done. Those biases strips sure started a lot of different projects and I learned a lot about  color using them too.    I am still enjoying the process and  plan to try to work again with solid fabric strips on the next backgrounf with the strips crossingYou can see from the close up how complex the strips were and understand why they frustrated me a bit.  I do like the way they look however.  As you can see I have added the size to the title section of the blog.  I am not sure if this is were it will remain- but I feel it is and important bit of information about the quilt.  I also am trying to find a standard  small item to add to my close ups so the viewer will get a sense of scale there as well.  A postage stamp perhaps……




Paper Quilt – Rocks and Water      13.5″X22″

Paper quitl in blue, white, purple with wholes and cuts
Rocks and Water

I am quite happy with how this quilt finally resolved its self.  My wanting the “river” like cuts to be uneven did not make it an easy process however.  I like the use of the purple ribbon in the back as it adds  to the depth of water feel I was after here too.    The process is still a challenge to me so I will keep working in this fashion for at least a few more pieces.    I can see so many ways to keep adding and playing with  this concept- adding buttons or beads on top. More fabric and how about paper from other sources?    Fun in the future. Close up of quilt showing openings

Black White and Burgundy     18″X 24″.         I am trying new ideas for presentation of my work.   Some where I read about mounting art quilts on canvas.  I do not remember where I read this or the exact method the author was pushing so I had to try my own thing.   I just stitched  the work to the surface- only at the top this time.

Colors in the title with silver and red beads added as accents
Black, White and Burgundy

This quilt  grew out of the Adventure Challenge . I made this background for the biases work and it is strong- but far too much action for the biases strips.  I like  the color balance here.  The mounting process  does  shows off the quilting well. I like the way the  beads show up here as well.close up of silver and red beads

I am learning that I must really keep myself in check when I am building a small back because I get into the design process so much this type of thing happens.  The work that I referred to at the beginning of the blog is one where I have let that happen.    Over doing is so easy for me.


Mini Series   I have lots of old quilts.  Some I am reworking like ” The Moon She Called Me” ( Feb 2 posting), but  after talking with my friends Barbara and Beth at there studio a few weeks ago-  they  suggested I look at some of the older work and try to make them into smaller units.   Here is my attempt.Cream background with black and red machine appliques   This quilt- Juggling a Friendship  was 38″X44″ and it was created in 1994.  Now I feel there is just too much happening in this work so  seeing it is a prim candidate for the cut up.  I made a frame with a 5″X7″ opening and moved it around on the surface until I found an area I though was pleasing.      Then  I pulled up my courage and  cut……..Close up of the quilt with the matted area   I kept moving around the surface until I ended up with  a dozen little works that are about 7″X9″.  That size because then I can  put them easily in standard  matts and frames.    I then zigzagged around the raw edges  to stabilize them.Quilt with cuts showing and the matt in place for the next one  I discovered that the edges would not warp as much if I put paper under the edges.    The picture shows the pile of mini’s with the  paper bound pieces in the top.  It is going well I think and I am happy with the little works.      Now I am off to do the framing and the glass. one in frame, one with edgue zig -zagged, paper on the back piecesI hate to admit that the pile of scraps is calling up a new idea  too……..

I hope you are all being creative and enjoying the wonders of the season.  Have a productive week.



Feb 2, 2012 Lost and Found

The Spring like weather yesterday made me do a bit of cleaning and tidying up.  Something I tend to put off as I want to get to work.  But there were lots of piles of fabric sorted for furture projects- or at lest things I though would work together well.   I put some fabric back on the shelves were it belongs and put the potential stuff in the yellow bins that I have for that purpose.  It looks a lot better with the bins on the shelving were they go and the cutting table all cleared off.  My goal for the bins is to keep all the parts of projects  in one area. I then did a more of the same to the bay window.  That area was filled with  plants, painting supplies and lots of items that did not seem to belong any were else.  After putting  the paints back were they really go and watering the plants, I decided to give away the old printer that I have not even plugged in for over a year and a half .  I can use the one in the computer/office room if I want to copy things.   And  de-cluttering  the space was part of the mission.     This morning I went confidently to the shelves with the yellow bins and started searching for a project.   I  remember putting the created, but unsuccessful parts in one bin.  And in deed there was a bin full of just such items- but the background  that I was looking for, the first one created for the basis project that was too soft in color, was not in the box.   So I looked in all the bins…. no background.   A side benefit of the cleaning the day before was that I had found some spring green fabric that I though would make great Yo-yo’s  for the next  Adventure Project.    So I had cut the circles and did the work last eve while I watched TV and I wanted to scatter them on the background.   “It has to be here,” I told myself.  ” How could I lose it?”   Then  I  looked across the studio to the area I had not cleaned.    The chair serves as my staging area for work that I will do by hand had been overloaded and the pile had slipped to the floor.    OK, I though, I will at least pick that up before I start the blog- and then look again for that back.    So I plied the whole bit on my desk and sorted and folded.  Found the lost back!

Adventure Challenge III

pale green with purple and cream background.
Lost Back

The yo-yo idea came from the next book I selected.  It is called “The Art of Manipulating Fabric” by Colette Wolff.  This one is only 8 years old.

Apple green yoyos and purple matalic paper that is insidw

Adventure Challenge I     Bias Bound

 Black White and burgandy fabric with black and white bias strips looping across the sruface     This project got a lot of attention this week.  The quilting is reflective of the actual bias lines.   I am calling this  Adventure Challenge I even though this was the third back that I created, the bias was the first book idea that I have tried.     The idea of doing “frogs” is still in the idea stage , but it will come to the surface with time.

Adventure Challenge  II,  DMC 4 , Slight Slip

This quilt fits under all three ideas.  I used Dawn’s fabric in her layout  for this project (look at old blog to see layout).   When I decided that I wanted to slice the quilt in two I did not consciously think about the Faggoting stitches with beads until later.

Crimson, with blue green and turquoise squares
Slight Slip DMC 4

The close up is of the faggoting on the left and the metal beads across the center.   I really like this look, but the process is very slow.

matalic triangel beads with green seed beads on top and the faggoting on the right sided
Slight Slip- showing Faggotting

This last detail shows the candle floats with clear beads in the centers.  I like how this idea is similar to Sasha mirrors that are used in middle eastern works sometimes.

Close up of the candle floats on the crimson
Slight Slip - close up 2

Pillow Tops   I created these two pillow tops from the leftovers of Twinkling Tracings.  They will include the blue fabric when completed and will accompany the wall pieces. I still have lots of leftovers so I am sure the color combinations will turn up again.

Brown, blue and aqua blocks arranged in a random fashion for two pillows.
Pillow Tops

 Wholes Series- Circular Openings    I am still in love  with wholes so I decided to start a new quilt in this vain.  I also thought that this time I would create the shapes first and face them at the beginning. Then I would build the quilt around the pieces.   I hope this is  works.

Purple and blue faced shapes and cut opening
Faced Circles

This shot shows the fabrics sewn together and ready for clipping and turning.  After I have done that step I will sew as close to the seam as possible so that when it is flipped it will lie flat.







There is lots of work ahead of me this week .    I will try to keep the studio tidy so I do not lose anything this time too.

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