I’ve been having to find things to do that don’t involve too much stretching or bending at the moment so I’ve been dyeing some calico with thoughts of my FOQ entry in mind. This turquoise colour should actually be a little more on the yellow side than my photo is showing. I parfait dyed two lengths of calico in a container with turquoise and navy dyes and let them sit overnight. I think I should have washed them out after a few hours instead of leaving them overnight so that the colour would have been a little less intense but my dyeing is always a hit and miss affair. I always mean to make notes as I go along but forget in the heat of the moment.
Earlier last week I made what I hope will be a panel to go in the centre of the quilt.
The panel was made by layering various fabrics, machine stitching, leaving the edges raw and then I painted the piece with fabric paints.
My original plan was to stitch this panel on the background and add machine stitching, embroidery and found objects from my many walks on St Ives beach. Now I’m thinking that this isn’t going to work on a purely blue background so I am going to do some sketchbook work with collage to see if it will be better to piece the background to include a beachy coloured foreground. I think I was looking for a quick way of working but now I can see that I need to get back to basics and make a test piece. If I get it right it can be my next journal quilt for the Contemporary Quilt group.
I’m pleased to say my hip/bum/back is improving. Another session with the osteopath has helped today so I have great hopes that next week’s session will be the last. By then I shall just be back to the normal middle-aged aches and pains I usually have! LOL