Friday, June 24, 2022
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
I thought it would be nice to also post here on my blog a bit of the behind the scenes of making the barrettes and more pictures of the project.
If you haven't tried Aurifil 12wt wool before, you really must. They come in such pretty colors and look at the visual depth of the fibers. I was pleasantly surprised how easy wool was to work with.
Saturday, June 4, 2022
I’ve learned a lot and branched out to experiment with thread weight and type this last year and look forward to the new challenges and showcases ahead. Hint hint, you won't have to wait long.
Following the #aurifilartisan hashtag on instagram and signing up for the Auribuzz newsletter and both great ways to discover makers and be inspired by their projects.
I especially love the wealth of information to be learned on the Thread Matters tab.
Here's a peak inside the box - it's an amazing assortment.
Be sure to check out the bios and creative style of the other 39 Aurifil Artisans on the announcement post. To learn even more about each throughout the year, the Aurifil Instagram feed "Take Over" weekend is fantastic. I'm already gathering ideas of what to include when it's my turn.
I used the same photo for my bio although I really do need to figure out how to take a selfie with my glasses on without glare. You might see some familiar faces but also find new friends like I have.
Happy Stitching, Karen
Friday, May 20, 2022
It doesn’t have a label and hasn’t been on a proper photoshoot but the quitting, facing and sleeve are done and it made a debut appearance at my recent in person lecture trunk show “Motivation and Method”. The irony is not lost on me that the topic spurred motivating me to get a bunch of tops turned into completed quilts
After adding some breathing room to the sides with pieced neutrals and pink to tie in the center, the claustrophobic sense that I’d been feeling dissipated and I could get on with matchstick in a matching gray Aurifil 2620 Forty3
There’s plenty in the design to occupy the eye so adding texture was the goal and a chance to finally use this modern technique on something larger than a mini seemed about time.
There were many- many renditions of the layout as you can see here on the design wall during construction Parts were sideways and upside down from where they ended which isn’t all that unusual in my process. Because there's no hard right or wrong in my opinion when it comes to a composition it tends to feel unresolved when so many great choices were left behind in and that can lead to a future quilt making it a win win.
Started in a zoom workshop with Maria Shell, I thought the top was completed June 2021 and even made my top-nine liked posts for the year. There was more to just letting it percolate and I'm so thankful that I allowed myself time to identify what was nagging me and resolve it with the border. The unfinished top that is pinned to the door in the picture is from an in person workshop with her in 2018 still feels narrow and awkward so it's going to keep brewing until I come up with a solution.
Here’s a look at a couple layouts that I considered:
On the topic of delays, my 10 year Blogiversary came and went March 16th without fanfare so I'm going to document it here and now, whoop whoop for double digits. If you're wondering about the other finishes I'll be sharing the ones not already blogged about in no particular oder.
Thanks for stopping by - Happy Stitching, Karen
Friday, April 22, 2022
Earth Views - The One
|"The One" photoshoot Capitola CA|
|Earth Views and Kona Solid Layer Cakes|
Check out the details on the Robert Kaufman and Aurifil blog and see the other projects made with Earth Views
Be kind to the earth and to one another.
Happy Stitching, Karen
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
The palette and design influence is pretty obvious I think.
When their daughter was born a few years ago, I made her this Lone Star in a Sharon Winters workshop. I combined the elements of the two to make the newest one feel related (pun intended).