It is one thing to have an idea and another one to actually make it happen. I collect ideas all the time and then, like a lottery ball they get out and come to life. This happened last week when we had our Out of Line workshop. There are so many aspects of an idea and first we sat and had a serious think about what we wanted to do...not long enough to get bored but just long enough to settle the excitement and take directional action. Bev is recreating a scene from a trip to Europe. She methodically went through the fabrics, placement and then started creating the scene with shapes.
The process moves through lots of levels of inspection before it gets here but once it gets to this point the pace picks up and soon the idea is clearly defined.
As you can see, the topics vary from Fiona's neighborhood in Balmain full of historical sandstone terraces to Lauren's holiday beach scene.
Roddy is working with a piece of art she likes and several improvisational techniques.
And Olga,our newest patchwork fanatic made this little street scene using some basic freecut techniques. Olga has recently arrived from Russia and is impressing all of us not only with her immediate grasp of the language but also with her ability to see and do!
If you would like to step "Out of Line" we will offer this one day workshop again next year. Sign up anytime by email and we'll let you know when they are on. It is a great way to exercise the imagination! Speaking of exercising ideas...I have been working on some new samples for the Modern Wedge class which I'll be teaching in Phoenix in a few weeks at The Bernina Connection ...
There are simply too many fun things to do!!! The time has come when there are piles of clothes, class samples and lecture quilts all over the place as i struggle to hold my thoughts in order. There is a certain moment when everything flips to the thought of 13 hours sitting in one space with no phone and I am surprised at how excited I am for that! We'll be going to Quilt Market in Houston. I'll be doing Hexessential demos on the C&T Publishing stall on Sunday at 11am and 3pm if you want to say hi. Check out the new C&T website as they are stacking up some great products these days! Looking forward to Victoria Findlay Wolfe's new book and also a new one by Sujata Shah...more on that when I get there...excitement mounting... Can't wait to see what is out there and hoping I can hold it all in my head without bursting! Even John was saying last night that he was still processing ideas from Spring Market so...look out! k