Two weeks since my last post. It's taken that long to get most of my photos from the trip edited, and to get my head wrapped around being back at work. Then last weekend we took off and spent a couple of days with a friend in Moab, always a welcome trip.
And, I went to a second meeting with the art quilt group I've found in Utah county. I am really liking this group of women, they are energetic and creative. One of the members, Sue, has a blog and took some pictures at the meeting- they are posted here. She also makes the most gorgeous jewelry, and has an Etsy shop. I've drooled over the pieces she's worn to the meetings.
Some of the group got together Saturday afternoon to dye and paint fabric. I wanted to get more greens in my stash, and got 3 different value gradations done.
I wanted toned greens, so each of these gradations has a different amount of red in it. I also used two different sets of primary colors. I knew I wouldn't do solids, so I did these LWI with lots of squishing and massaging to smooth out the texture. Some still have a lot of mottling, but I'm pleased with how they turned out.
Of course I was so focused on the gradations, I forgot to take pictures of what everyone else was doing. Bonnie and Liza Ann were playing with Setacolors and trying to sunprint, but the sun wasn't cooperating. Kathleen did a hue gradation that looked very interesting, and was still dyeing when I left. Kathleen helped Denise and Pat get some colors dyed for projects they were planning, and I helped Denise with a small parfait. All in all, it was a fun afternoon.
I also did a parfait, just to give Denise and Pat and idea of what it is. I did lemon yellow on the bottom, strongest red next, then cobalt blue and finally cerulean. Oh, and I added a dab of red to both the blues. This is what I got.
The bottom one, the yellow, was glorious. Take a look at this!
I'm keeping this one up on the design wall for awhile, just so I can look at all those glorious greens and yellows.
I have been working on my Tangled Textiles challenge piece- it is pieced, sandwiched, and I have been auditioning quilting designs. I think I know where I'm headed, and will finish it next weekend (just before the reveal!!)
I'll leave you with a couple of pictures from my camping trip with my son Ian and his fiance Corey- we went to Ludington State Park in northwest Michigan. It was a very last minute decision to go there- we changed our plans the morning we left, mostly hoping to find warmer weather in Michigan than in northern Wisconsin where we'd originally decided to go. The park had wonderful acomodations (real bathrooms and showers, no less!!), and a plethora of biking and hiking trails, all accessible from the campground. It is the 'sense of place' that inspired my TT piece, and probably more after that one.
For someone who has spent most of her life in the desert west, the lushness of the woods was breathtaking. I couldn't get enough of all those greens!!