When I go to a workshop I never leave a room without foraging in everybody else's wastebaskets. I love to appropriate their scraps and leftovers, not just because I'm cheap, and not just because I love to sew little pieces of fabric together in serendipitous arrangements. I also love other people's leftovers because I learn a lot by contemplating how they put shapes and colors together in ways that might not occur to me.
In the course of cleaning my studio I came upon several bits of leftovers that I had brought home from various forays. Since I'm in open-mind mode this week, without a real project to work on, I enjoyed putting them up on the wall and thinking about them.
Nancy Crow once told us in a workshop that you can make strips with wobbly edges, varying the width, or you can make them with straight edges (at least as straight as you get without using a ruler) but you should decide on one, not mix and match. I went for the freehand straight approach and after all these quilts, if I wanted to make swooshy, curvy strips tomorrow I'm not even sure how I would go about it.
I have no idea who the artists were who contributed the first two sets of leftovers, but I do know that Terry Jarrard-Dimond gave me this batch of gorgeous strip sets.
Thank you, Terry and my two anonymous benefactors, for giving me something to think about and maybe also something to make a little quilt from.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Other people's leftovers
Posted by Kathleen Loomis at 7:41 AM
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Kathy: I am going nuts looking for a link that I think you posted on your blog. It was a short video of a guy teaching people how to paint in an expressionistic way. I thought I would remember and neglected to put in favorites. Was it you? Can you helP? ThanksReplyDelete
Diva -- wasn't me!! I know this immediately because I have no idea how to watch videos let alone post them. Sorry -- hope you find it.ReplyDelete