My Process …

As “I” have evolved … so has my process.  The thing to understand about “my process” … is that I don’t really have one.  My true process is to just do what feels natural to do next.  Sometimes it is problem solving, sometimes it is heading back to the GoodWill Stores for tie colors I need (which can be the most time consuming and frustrating task … men just don’t wear ties anymore!), sometimes it is pinning and sewing.  My favorite aspect of “the process”/or not …. is playing with/manipulating the fabrics.  I love how the silk feels in my hands … I love the bright colors  … and I love watching things evolve …. even when I hit a rough spot.

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This example of “my process” is taken from a  piece I made for my nephew and his bride several years ago now.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the final completed quilt .  Arghh!  Each of the flowers have specific meaning … for example:  the bride loves orchids, and their honeymoon destination was Hawaii (thus, the Hibiscus) ……….  The creating/planning stage takes me about a month.  Assembling the background …. hmmm …. maybe a couple of days depending on the complexity of the piece.  Creating the foreground, or flowers in this case, takes usually about a week of dedicated work and the thread painting to make the flowers come alive … takes usually 2 to 3 days.

Without a doubt … Finding the perfect materials … in the perfect colors/hues … is the most timely and difficult aspect of “the process”. I have my favorite local quilt shop “Queen Bee” in Antioch … but often search for materials all over America as we travel. These materials represent just the background of this quilt. The flowers will be made with approximately 20 different materials and about 40-50 colors of silk thread.
Without a doubt … Finding the perfect materials … in the perfect colors/hues … is the most timely and difficult aspect of “the process”. I  often search for materials all over America as we travel. These materials represent just the background of this piece. The flowers will be made with approximately 20 different materials and about 40-50 colors of silk thread.

 

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This picture is horrible … but, represents the “computer work” of planning. I pin (so I can change my mind as I figure out colors) tiny pieces of material to my work sheet. This completed worksheet of colors and fabrics is about the only part of “the process” I commit to … and rarely change.
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These are still back ground fabrics only. I have come up with a letter and number system that helps me make sure I sew in the correct order. I have LEARNED this is an important step in the planning process!
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Planning process is done! (Usually takes me about 1 month to complete). Time for a cup of my favorite tea in my favorite mug. Tea is almost always a required part of my creative process.
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Back ground DONE!
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I place (temporarily! Possible with Steam a Seam 2) the “bones” of the first flower on the background so I can make sure I have plenty of room for the vase. Anyone who knows me …. knows I am “spacially” challenged!
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The workings of the vase. It takes a lot of different fabrics to eventually work my way into a vase that has the appearance of a real vase with glass, water and shadows.
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My puppy dogs are always close by to give me support when I hit a rough spot.
The real fun begins!  Adding flowers ... I LOVE creating flowers!
The real fun begins! Creating flowers … I LOVE creating flowers and leaves!
Process ALMOST complete!  I iron all of the flowers on to the backing fabric, add a border, batting and fabric for reverse side.  Ready for my favorite part of the process .... thread painting!
Process ALMOST complete! I iron all of the flowers on to the back ground fabrics, add a border, batting and backing fabric for the reverse side. Ready for my favorite part of the process …. thread painting!
I am beginning the process of thread painting on this hibiscus.
I am beginning the process of thread painting on this hibiscus.  Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the final product!

 

 

 

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