Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Friday, January 11, 2013

First quilt of the year

I started my first art quilt of the new year today, and it felt good to dive into my stash of hand-painted fabric and pull out some bright colors. 

It's taken me awhile to get motivated because for weeks it's looked like the photo below -- GRAY. But today it was SUNNY (see the blue sky above) and the light activated whatever my brain needs to get into gear. Thankfully, the next few days are supposed to be sunny.

So I hope to get this one finished in time to enter into IQA's Celebrate Spring juried show. The entry deadline is next Friday, which doesn't give me much time but I'm gonna give it a go. I've known about the deadline for months, but that's about how long the gray weather has been around.

I really enjoy the hand embroidery stitches with ArtFabrik's luscious hand-dyed thread: 

I printed a photo on fabric to use as part of the design. Here's a glimpse:

Have a colorful day


The Idaho Beauty said...

You seem to need short time-lines to get motivated (I will not accept the excuse of grey days!) This looks so inviting already, beautiful colors and lines. Can't wait to see where you are going with this.

Julia DesertSpring said...

I spy my eye.

Ladybug said...

I wondered if it might be Julia...

After my brief stint with sewing up the 2 rag quilts I did for Christmas gifts, I am reminded why I love sewing... and why I don't. I have nothing but admiration for those of you who are committed long-time/term fabric artists. I love it in bits & pieces, but don't seem to have what it takes to do project after project. We all have our strengths & weaknesses & a strength of mine this is NOT!

Love the looks of this new project of yours - will be interesting to see where you go with it. Bet you get it done on time, too!!