True to my interest in creating beautiful AND practical things, I’m making a king-sized quilt for our bed. It’s my own design. I’m noticing similarities to mosaic with hard tesserae—it’s important to think about color, size, print v solid, when placing this soft tesserae. I’m going to free-motion quilt the negative space.
I’m falling for fabric. In 2017 I began sewing some of my own clothes (click the Clothing tab), playing around with painting on fabric, and just recently I’ve started doing exercises from Intuitive Color and Design, by Jean Wells. She’s a world-reknowned quilter, teacher, and owner of The Stitchin’ Post fabric store in Sisters, Oregon. I bought her book years ago to learn more about color and design in my work in mosaic, and I’m increasingly pulled to explore line and color.
A couple weeks ago, I experimented with fabric, following the exercises in her book. Then I bought a walking foot and a free-motion foot and experimented with doing my own quilting. I feel a little like I’m cheating on my years-long passion for mosaic, but in a way, fabric is just a different type of tesserae.
Let me know what you think. The second photo isn’t really about tesserae; it’s just some pillows I painted.
I just re-opened my Etsy shop, in case you’re looking for something small and affordable. I’m also selling a couple of my favorite works that are more intricate and special.
It’s been too long since I’ve made something. This is for a beautiful garden, an urban farm, actually. The symbol is the Ridhwan, Arabic for ‘contentment.’ I just have to grout it.
Aren’t all our lives a metaphorical mosaic? As I turned 50 this month, and just finished wonderful celebrations with friends and family, I felt compelled to write what 50 means to me, and to thank everyone who’s in my life. Click the link below.