This finished Take Two is yet unnamed, but it'll attach soon enough. I'm enjoying it, but now wishing it could be twice it's 40 x 40 size. If it took two yards for this, it would take eight for a 80 x 80. I've got that. Just need the time.
Stitching from the back of the work shows if my machine is working, and more. It's fabric I love, am fond of, is seen whenever it is shown, handled, rehung, or moved around. This is a Thimbleberries misprint I have been saving for -- why? -- all these years.
At about a yard square, this work won't take long to quilt on the longarm. I'll follow the shapes that are there and mess around with some additional drawing around the edges. Then I'll spritz it down and pin it to the design wall overnight for a bit of rest -- for us both.
Assembling an improvisationally cut piece takes a bit of jumbling. Often I grab my cheap (free!) chalk and mark the joints. I keep in mind that I'll loose 1/2 inch in the seam. This registration mark holds my place while I cut it into the parts I need.
I fully intended to get my eyes on the design wall and hands on the rotary cutter. But the inauguration had me glued to the news. I managed to cut and sew for a while, missing the entry to the White House, and did scoot out to hang this on the tree. Glad this happens every four years.
These two pieces have hopped on and off the wall for months. So today was the day to start working with them in a Take Two design. I might expand and add, or just work this through with two. But gray days make studio time easy -- no tugging to sit and stare at the sun.
Small diversion to finish a shirt for the one year old. I was given the shirt months ago, gave it a soda soak, printed it, dyed it, then added a flounce. It waited in the outgoing mail today, then I remembered there was no mail. Ok. Now I'm ahead of myself.
Like many of us, around December I was resigned to staying put, and sought something simple just for fun. Enter a Susan Purney Mark online class! So, I've started working on my paper for making books. And those clotheslines in the studio sure come in handy. Now to fold and cut.
Even though I print fabric, I manage to collect commercial prints. This random set was for a Take Two discussion. What can be done commercially with clear line, oddball color combinations, and perfectly repeated patterns, is all part of what influences how I print as well. And yes, they sometimes go together.
Or the writing is at least on the fabric. A rubbing made from a board with hot glue "writing" waits for me to use. As do another hundred great prints. Maybe it's design wall time. And yes, I've tidied up from whipping fabric around from Take Two's class.
An intrepid group of students have sailed through day one of Take Two. This is the aftermath of the lesson, with just some fabric suggestions and examples to use as imagery. Tomorrow we'll grab those two perfect (!) yards. And have another day of learning.