Rooted: Touch Up and Entangled
|"Touch Up" 14.5"x16" Rooted Block One|
The prompt “Rooted” April’s #beesewcial theme for Felicity @felicityquilts immediately made me think of my hairline as I am constantly trying to keep the grey at bay and periodically reevaluate the decision to continue to dye my hair. Seeing the personal interpretation of the word by bee mates encouraged me to bring to fabric the concept in my head (pun intended). I’m calling it “Touch Up”. It’s kinda big, 14.5”x16”
The purple background is a bit of humor as a nod to the color of rinse water. She asked for a variety of shades/value for the roots portion and one color for the background with a palette of our choosing.
|the Second Stitch Pass|
|"Entangled" 10.5"x11.5" Rooted Block Two|
Code: Hand in Hand
Next up is CODE in red and white on black was the #beesewcial May prompt for M-R and I’m happy to complete “hand-in-hand” 15”x26”. The words BEE SEWCIAL written in shorthand.
|"Hand-in-Hand" BeeSewcial Shorthand|
Because it’s important to me that my contribution to a collaborative quilt reflects something personal, I went low tech and tapped into a fond memory of when I aced the class in High School. Of course I had to google images to find the words I wanted because it's been a very long time and I haven't used it since.
|Research - and Coffee|
To get the proportions somewhat accurate I kept enlarging and enlarging making it all and thin. Having the block visually pleasing was more important than accurately placed side by side and also kept the width more of what I was after.
I had a moment during this artistic freedom phase of the layout where I worried that I was spelling out something totally different than the words Bee and Social. Hopefully not. Trust me it would have been a much easier construction if I had separated them rather than nesting.
|Positioning the two together|
I thought it would be an odd block out visually because of the others had less curves but I think it blends just fine. M-R posted several together on Instagram
I wanted to incorporate both colors so I added the drop shadow complicating things a bit.
Machine pieced, Improv and ruler fee in solids.
Reverse appliqué would have been quicker and possibly more successful a technique to construct it but I wanted to challenge myself as I had done with the Graffiti EFFORT block blogged HERE. For this block I did much more "winging it" but used the same basic concept and freezer paper to get started.
Homage: Sketch in Red
|"Sketch in Red" 19"x24" Homage|
I've never taken a workshop from Gwen but enjoyed attending her lecture as the Keynote Speaker at QuiltCon 2016 and listing to Freddy Moran tell stories of their collaboration and friendship during a recent collage class (which I still need to blog about!!!).
There is a lot going on in this block and I'll admit it took - a very,very long time to create. The expression time flies when you're having fun couldn't be more true and I hope the Playful Freedom translates in the end.
|Building Out and Over|
Using all of my FQs and scraps there's probably 8+ different reds included. Hard to photograph and difficult to distinguish with indoor night lighting with some second guessing what's what.
Ruler free and mat cut until the final square up.
Well there you have it. All caught up showing off my #BeeSewcial blocks and on track to work on my July prompt Underground Maps for Sylvia at A Stranger View. I'm leaning towards using one from San Francisco BART since that's pretty much the only one I've been on.
Happy Stitching, Karen