Happy New Year everyone! Where did 2013 go? I am looking forward to 2014. There are so many exciting things happening in 2014, and one of them is our September retreat at Zephyr Cove. The only New Years resolution that I made was to allow myself more time for quilting and beading. Monday I took a class on Polymer techniques for beads and buttons from Sandra Bruce. Now, I will also need more time for polymer. I love the unexpected colors and shapes that emerge during the process.
This is why I love designing quilt patterns. I experiment for a while on my computer and eventually an unexpected design will emerge. It’s almost always something I didn’t expect. From here, I develop the design. One of the interesting processes that I do with my pattern design is use gray scale before I start to pull colors. This allows me to see the effects of light and dark and how they transform the design.
This is how I started my Mardi Gras Pattern. This is the outline of the block.
I finished the block and played with arrangements. Once I had the blocks arranged, I started experimenting with the gray scale. It really shows the difference value will make. Do you see the different shapes and how the design changes as the gray scale changes?
This arrangement was fun. (And I may still do another quilt with this layout.)
Before I close I really must show you the fabrics that I purchased yesterday at my favorite quilt shop, Sugar Pine Quilt Shop in Grass Valley, CA. I saw these fabrics and just knew that I needed to create a summer quilt for my bedroom. Aren’t they just yummy? A new pattern will be forthcoming. So, stay tuned. I will show you the progress as it unfolds.