Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Another binding, cross seams, flowers......

I really had to push myself to finish the binding on the batik colorwash.  Batik fabric is so much tougher to push a needle through so it takes a lot longer to finish it than with regular quilting cottons.  Of course my thumb joints were already screaming from the binding the day before, and I dug up another hosta and spent time grasping and wiggling the plant until I pulled 4 babies off the mother plant.  I will give my hands a break today.
The cross seams are sewn and this new colorwash is pressed, ready for the next step.  I may add it to the list for my show.  Someone asked me how to get started on a colorwash and I told them cut one strip off 1000 fabrics and subcut it into squares.  Put the squares on lots of trays so you can see all of them as you choose one piece at a time to put on your design wall.  I think I lost them after I said 1000 fabrics.  This new piece only has 400 squares in it but the 2 previous ones have over 600.  You need a variety to choose from.
The deep rose columbines are starting to bloom.  Yes that is rain drops on the plant.  We are getting gentle rain several days in a row.  This plant is right next to the sidewalk at the bottom of a downspout.  It planted itself there.
The weigela blossoms are hanging down, full of raindrops.
The pale pink weigela bush is in full bloom now too.

21 comments:

pembrokeshire lass said...

Incredible! I'm lost for words and don't know how you manage to do it all! Love the colour of the colombines too! Joan

Vicky F said...

Hi Wanda,
Here's a title for a future colorwash lecture/class, "How to make a colorwash in 5 easy steps" and then blow them away with what you said above (i.e. 1. choose 1000 fabrics, 2. cut one strip from each, etc). I should hope that no one ever thinks what you do with these is "easy" after that!

Everything is very green around here with the rain we've been getting, too.
Vicky F

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

LOL, you would have lost me at the 1000 fabrics also, I don't think I have them - or else they are in little bits and would take too long to hunt through them!

I had not thought to divide my hostas - I need to do that sometime down the road.
Karen

Debbie said...

lol, I love the 1000 fabrics, if only I had so many. Looks easy, takes time and talent to create. Both of these are beautiful pieces. So vibrant.

Sheila said...

Your color wash pieces are beautiful.
I hope you bring several to Charlotte and that I can go!

Mary said...

LOL! Love your post, but fear you were dead serious about the process. Good thing we can enjoy the fruits of your labor online!

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didi said...

the one on top I could get lost in, so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. you made my day, Wanda!

colorquilter said...

You are so funny! I got your message to people who have no idea what it takes to make colorwashes. You are right, one does need many pieces to select to get the right blend/transition. This is why we all have plenty of fabric and always accept giveaways because one never knows when that might be just the right piece.....

Anonymous said...

I think I'll go make a whole cloth quilt, now, lol!

Frebblebit

Quiltdivajulie said...

I've been wondering about your thumbs and hands . . . glad you're going to give them a rest today!

Love your description of cutting for a colorwash -- I can only imagine how quickly your listener's eyes glazed over!

Hugs ans enjoy those beautiful flowers!

Needled Mom said...

You must have an incredible fabric stash! I can imagine what your poor hands are going through. Yikes.

Your flowers are gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

Love your quilts, would you give us the info on your show in Charlotte, NC. I am in Asheville and would love to get to your show.
Thanks, Dee
dw7645@charter.net

Anonymous said...

Cut strips from a 1000 different fabrics, I know you you are not kidding either ! But I giggled all the way through reading the rest of your post today.

The two color washes you posted today are just gorgeous. You really are the Queen of color wash quilts.

SOooo jealous of all your spring blossoms.

J~MT

Cathi said...

The 1,000 fabrics made me realize that a colourwash quilt is not in my future! Instead I will enjoy and really appreciate the ones I see on your blog. The ones you showed today are just stunning!
Batiks really dull a needle fast. Try changing your needle and see if that helps after you've given your hands some rest.

Muddling Through said...

Both of the colorwashes are gorgeous! I am amazed at the amount you are accomplishing. And the flowers - oh, my! I so enjoy seeing yours. Those will not grow in our heat.

Cookie said...

both are a stunning pieces of art.

they look awesome

Susan said...

1000 fabrics?! Yep, you would have lost me too! LOL I know you have shown snippets of your stash in the past, but what I would really like to see is a photo of your whole stash...would it even fit into one photo? ;o)

Sharon M said...

Well you didn't loose me with that 1000 fabrics thing! You do such a nice job I don't think mine would turn out that well. Maybe if i just do a small one! Your columbine is beautiful. I miss growing flowers in Denver. I had a blue one. Enjoy your time in NC with your show and classes.

Rebel said...

I am really inspired by your color-wash quilts. I don't think I have 1000 fabrics yet, but I do trim down a few 3x3 squares from every batik I use... so I probably have a couple hundred by now. Maybe I'll spend a bit of time today sorting them by colors/value.

Lupara said...

I just wanted to say that I think this quilt is so gorgeous. I love working with colors and light and this is just so beautiful I could stare at it all day. Wonderfully done.