by Christine Barnes
A mixologist is someone who mixes drinks, right? But aren’t we all mixologists when it comes to our quilting/sewing/artistic lives? We must balance work with creative pleasures, or we’d lose our minds, to put it mildly. One of the many benefits of teaching is that I can often schedule some fun before or after a gig, especially if I have a buddy.
That’s what happened a few weeks ago when I set off for Mendocino with my friend Kari to teach Transparency for the Ocean Waves quilt guild in Ft. Bragg. (Ft. Bragg and Mendocino are on the north coast of California.) The class happened at Sew ‘n Sew, a wonderful quilt shop. Needless to say, I came home with some fabric treasures.
The next day Kari and I bummed around Mendocino, visiting my favorite shops. This crocheted and beaded necklace was in the window of The Great Put On, Art to Wear, a delightful shop. I didn’t buy it but did get a fabulous Boho Chic shawl.
The next week I was in Stockton teaching Modern Color for the Tuleburg Quilt Guild. What a great group—a big “thank you” to my intrepid students!
The Granny Square block has become my new favorite design for working with color combinations because all the squares are the same size. You just cut the fabrics and start playing with the placement of value and pattern. Take a look at a few mock-blocks:
Sorry I can’t remember who did this charming block, but it’s been more than three weeks, and students sometimes forget to put their names on their exercises. (Teacher also forgets to remind them :-). I love the freshness of this complementary blue-green and red-orange combination, with an intense yellow-green check/plaid. I hope you like the “eyeball” fabric in the center as much as I do.
Last but not least is another complement of blue-green and red-orange (here a color I call salmon). Extra credit for the stripes and the way the squares are oriented. Look how well they echo the center fabric.
Once again, my students displayed a creativity I could not have imagined. What’s next? I’ll be in Las Vegas teaching soon, but once I get home I plan to work on a quilt made up of transparent Granny Squares. Sometimes, work becomes pleasure!
Thanks so much for reading and looking about my latest travels. Until next time . . . .