I haven’t got any real news for you this week, but I thought you might like to hear my musings about my books and a couple of ideas. I have had a bad cold all week and am beginning to feel better, but it took a lot of energy out of me, so I made almost no progress on anything recently.
Nevertheless, I have not been without some interesting ideas. About the only thing I did all last week was to reorganize my disorganized transcripts for art quilting into more directed and solid projects.
The first book (or is it books?) will be “Art Quilt Basics”, which will focus largely on design, applique, and quilting techniques to help the artist take the ideas floating around their heads and move them into finished wall art quilts. It will be short on design and long on construction techniques and quilting. The quilting section is nearly complete, and the applique section is well along the way. I need to make more samples. Once I get those completed, then I am hoping my son Ken, who does all my quilt photos, can help me get the photos well done, and my son David, who has his own independent publishing company, will help me get it published. Sew I am hopeful this will be complete by late fall just in time for Christmas.
The second book “Surface Design and Embellishment for Art Quilts: Sling That Bling” is basically an outline at this point with loads of concepts in small notes here and there, but I am going to use some of my already completed quilts for most of the pictures, necessitating only a few additional sample items.
Now I know there are lots of books out there about quilt making techniques and surface design and embellishment, but only a few of them seem to focus on realizing a piece of wall art in quilt form. I hope I can provide some original concepts and a place to look when you have an idea but don’t know how to get it from a great idea, or even a good design, to the finished project or need a reference for a technique you may have seen before but need instructions or refreshing.
Anyway, in addition to doing a lot of thinking and some limited work on my books, I have also been doing a lot of thinking about a couple of quilts I am going to make. One of them is to turn into a quilt this piece of fabric I painted digitally and had printed by FabricOnDemand.
I bought some darker blue for the border, which I want to use as a base for an Art Nouveau style border. I have a concept now but I haven’t yet drawn it up. I hope I can get it drawn before the concept poufs away like a soap bubble popping…LOL. I think I can. I’m working on that today.
On Thursday a friend of mine and I are planning on attending Sacred Threads Quilt show, which is only about fifteen minutes from my home. I am excited about that.
Sew happy everyone!