Orca Bay Mystery Quilt top is growing, at the rate of two rows a day... At this point, I've had to rotate it so I can still pin it up on my small (4' wide by 2' deep) design wall, so if you want to see what it really looks like, rotate it 90 degrees to the left! ;-)
Take A Stitch Tuesday this week features one of my favourite stitches -- the
Isn't that a funky block? The print is from one necktie; the solid orange-y bits are from the lining of another; and the gold is some dupioni silk I've had in my stash for a while. Taken together, it reminds me of the kitchen floor in our first house, circa 1977...
Meanwhile,for the City & Guilds online class, I've been stamping around my work room. You might recall from this post that I've been working on designing a quilt block, and that, clearly, creating a skewed pattern from these shapes would be complex, requiring paper piecing or templates.
First I did some samples on white paper and in my sketchbook. This is a stamp using the 'positive' of the print:
This sample shows the 'negative':
Next, I did a sample or two on paint-washed paper.
From there, I moved to stamping with acrylic paint -- diluted slightly with textile medium, to make it easier to stitch -- on hand-dyed fabric:
The next assignment will be to plan and execute the quilting, either by hand or by machine. Stay tuned!