Thursday, January 14, 2016

Turmoil with starbursts

Look what's happening to my red turmoil!  It has developed starbursts of pale striped piecing!

I wasn't exactly planning to do this, but it happened.  I had thought to lighten up the values a bit with pastels, and pretty soon I had a whole lot of piecing that reads as white/pale pink.  And then the bits of pale started being jagged triangles.

Right now I'm arranging them on the wall to make constellations or starbursts.  I don't know if they're going to stay in this configuration or if the pales are going to want to group themselves into a larger mass.  But I think I'm reaching the end of my mindless piecing -- the stage where I just make rectangles of strips upon strips.  Now I'm cutting and piecing the rectangles together into complicated expanses.  I think I'm only going to make new "fabric" as needed to make the whole thing go together.

The final putting-together process can be endlessly fiddly and take a whole lot longer than the early production phase, but it's also the most fun.  And I would say I'm at the beginning of the end for this composition.

Next week my husband is going to Florida for a week so I will be able to spend all my waking hours at the sewing machine.  I wonder how much I'll be able to finish before he comes home.


  1. This is a fascinating illustration of why I always find your work energizing and intriguing.

  2. It will be really interesting to see where you go with this. I don't know about you, but I sure get a lot more done when Nate is not at home.

  3. Ah ... the opportunity to spend all the hours of the day at the sewing machine while your husband is away! Do tell me how you managed that ...

  4. I see what you mean about the pale bits - they draw the eye and will make this piece so very interesting. Can't wait to see how you configure all the parts.

  5. I'm curious to see how you decide to arrange this all. So many possibilities....