Pat N.

This exercise in alignment has opened my mind to some past memories when I was learning something new that I think will apply to my art quilt strength. I am able to come up with design ideas but when I try to execute them, my designs all become very structured. My background in nursing has created a black and white thought process which was perfect for the time. Piecing was very easy to me because it is an organized process. I want to move on. Years ago, when I was learning to parallel ski and I just couldn’t master the turns until a friend skiing with us told me all I had to do was to let go, feel like I was going to fall but wouldn’t. Swing my hips out to the side and go. It worked! I take art so literally and want to be more abstract.

My art quilt group has a challenge I want to create, “Sunrise, Sunset”. My first idea was to make a sun setting into a glorious sky and a bright sun coming up out of the morning grey-blue colors. The next was to have a sun coming up and transition (using several suns to create an arc) thru the colors of the day  to becoming a sunset across a rectangular back ground. The last one is part of a sun in a corner, with rays spreading across the back ground. The rays and the background colors would change as the day grew older.

Photos of the bobbin and thread work.

Photos of the bobbin and thread work.

I have made my lists of accomplished skill sets and get much enjoyment from them. I also made up my wannabe list: to improve my color usage, designs and reread your workshops (they put me into a creative mode). This whole exercise is making me aware of what I should be focusing on. I have decided to try working in a softer color palette as I mostly use brights and to soften up my designs. I will continue to use my threadwork skills to embellish my designs.

Bobbin work, machine ribbon/yarn embroidery, threadlaceand machine embroidery and is titled “Shakespeares’ Garden”

Bobbin work, machine ribbon/yarn embroidery, threadlaceand machine embroidery and is titled “Shakespeares’ Garden”