Friday, July 31, 2015

Mowing and sewing.......

While I waited for the dew to dry off the grass yesterday morning I went to the basement to put away the squares and rectangles on trays left over from the class.  I decided to design one more colorwash while doing that.  This is just squares on the design wall.  I have it mostly sewn now.

As I was going through things for a garage sale I came across this pattern from 1957.  I made these aprons for my mother.  Look at the size of the waistlines on the ladies.  I think they would have needed ribs removed to be that small.

Last night I sewed together the little colorwash piece that I used for a demonstration at the class on Tuesday.  It is about 24" square.

I mowed the grass in 2 sessions.  Even though the humidity dropped a lot it was hot.  There was a nice breeze when I got to the shady backyard.

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Tuesday there were no red tomatoes.  Mid morning yesterday I saw something red from my studio window and went out to check.  I found 2 red tomatoes.  Later in the afternoon I went out for a walk around the house and 3 more had started turning.  I bring them in to finish ripening so the squirrels won't just take one bite and leave them.  They are a nice medium size tomato.  Some are the Early Girl and some the Cluster tomatoes.

The cool front came through yesterday afternoon so the tropical humidity is gone.  Maybe I can mow the grass today.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Students' work.............

Below are the pieces designed by my 5 students the last 2 days.  I am so proud of them.  I think they might have thought I was exaggerating when I told them how long it takes to tweak it to perfection but they are believers now.  The pieces are all beautiful and unique.

I hope to get a better photo of this last one.  It is really prettier than this photo shows.  It happened to be on the wall that has the worst lighting near it.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ready for day 2............

The first day of the colorwash class went very well.  All 5 students made good progress.  Today will be filling in the empty spaces, possibly adding a couple rows, and then the tweaking....which sometimes takes hours.  We were all beat at the end of 7 hours yesterday.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Tweaking and sewing......

This is the same one I showed yesterday with 2 rows on the red side removed and then a lot of tweaking.  It isn't perfect but not too bad.

I started sewing it together leaving the last 4 rows so I can use it for a demo today or tomorrow at the colorwash class.  I will see how far everyone gets on their piece or if they need a break to walk away from their design wall.

Sunday, July 26, 2015


It was time last night to start a colorwash for demonstration of assembly.

It needs a lot of tweaking but I wanted to wait until today to do it.

When I get to the computer I can rotate it to see which way is up.

I may remove 2 rows on the red/pink edge which will make it square.

Saturday, July 25, 2015


I spent a lot of time in the basement yesterday sorting scraps and getting them all into one location.  It looks a lot neater now.  I found a group of 100 batik squares and decided to try making a colorwash with them.  It is a good example of a not so great colorwash.  This is what happens when you don't have enough variety of values to choose from.  It looks like an ancient computer picture with obvious pixels.