Friday, January 11, 2013

And the Ladies Reappear Off the Wall Friday


Paul Klee's Red and White Dome
 
Finally!  Finally, not only is our house back to its normal schedule, but I get to take the Ladies back out to play!

In case you've forgotten, last year at Quilting by the Lake, I took a class with Rosalie Dace.  Now it was a study on Paul Klee and we were suppose to let him influence our work.  I was really struck by his body of work and one painting, Red and White Domes, really got a hold of me.  I'm not sure if it was the way he used value or the simple shapes or the curves against the squares but I just fell in love.  So with that as inspiration, I ended up getting a good start on the next in Women in Motion Series.  Because of its spiritual nature, I thought it would be a great entry for the upcoming Sacred Threads.

Anyways, after getting the Crosses all faced and labeled, I took out The Ladies and put them back up on my wall.  Its kinda was a mess after spending 6 months in my UFO's pile but it still felt good to see them up.  I started playing with ideas - getting back out the original sketches - pulling out some new fabric.


One thing I want to play more with is adding organza to add a nice shadow floating effect to The Ladies.  I mean what lady doesn't feel all pretty in organza?  I have no idea of how I'm going to attach it.  Rosalie had suggested that she sews it down with the quilting line, but I don't know.  But you know one of my favorite sayings, "One design decision at a time"  - so I guess that can wait!

I also want to resolve The Ladies hands - they are way too stumpy for my tastes and they need to be all reaching and graceful - No Problem!  (grin)  Still I guess you're going to have to wait till next week to week to see were this piece is going.

Oh! I did manage to get my Horizon sewing machine back from the dealer - Did  I mention I have the best Janome Dealer ever at Alko Sewing in Mentor Ohio.  He adjusted my baby this week and I had to take my sewing day to go get her - but OMG she's running good.  I swear she hasn't run right since I broke that needle in her free motioning with nylon thread.  Bad Momma!!

So what have you been up to creatively?


10 comments:

Deborah OHare said...

I like the colour palette you are using in this piece Nina.

diannajessie said...

The Ladies in Motion quilt is taking shape beautifully. I look forward to seeing more of it. And yes, the colours you've chosen look really good:)

Vera said...

Your Ladies are so swirly, I think they will be great with a bit of organza!

LynCC said...

Love your Ladies!! Good luck with the hands. Just the ladies themselves are beyond me, so I'm in deep admiration already. Can't wait to see what you do with the organza. :)

Shannon said...

So Pretty! I love all the color and shape. Funny that you're thinking of adding organza, I've been experimenting with it (for the first time) all week. Have discovered that a soldering iron or woodcutting tool really can help eliminate those frazzly edges around sewn on shapes. Can't wait to see what you do with it!

Margaret said...

Organza would be a lovely touch! Consider using a single layer of white MistyFuse (R) fusible web -- try it on a sample and you should see it will be an invisible way to hold that sheer fabric down over the piece. :-)

Quilt Rat said...

The ladies are lovely.....I too, like to make my decisions as I move along, looking forward to seeing your progress

Thanks for the invite to join your Off the Wall Friday, I have linked back as well :-) gotta go see what everyone is up to

sonja said...

i like your shaply ladies and although i have nothing to show today, thanks for connect us to many artists weekly.

bohemiannie! art said...

Your ladies are fabulous and free. Very lovely and graceful.

Pears said...

So beautiful! I am coming over from a blog hop and am a new follower. I would love if you stopped by and did the same!
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