Sunday, January 28, 2007


Blueberry Hill



Blueberry Hill
Hand dyed cottons, fused, hand and machine quilted. ~12" square


While I dye a lot of blue fabric, hardly any of it makes it way into my work. I usually use turquoise instead, and there is a bunch of it here too. But I had this shaded dark blue that makes this piece, imho.
Thanks for all the encouraging comments. I hope many of you are considering working in a small format. It is so fun! Posted by Picasa

11 comments:

  1. Hello Melody,
    those crisp, even stiches in this piece have my heart racing. May i ask, what thread it is and what machine setting you used? They are my ideal.
    Thanks,

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  2. The larger visible stitches are hand done with pearl cotton size 8. The machine stitching is pretty tiny, so you may have been confused about what you are seeing.

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  3. Love the shaded blue -- but without the yellow........ Gotta have that yellow.

    -- Vicki in Michigan

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  4. Mel...I'm really enjoying your venture into the limited color palatte...it seems your painting has place you at a different level in your work and it's all wonderful!!

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  5. Anonymous11:41 AM

    It appears you've found your thrill!

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  6. Ooops, I hit the wrong button and commented prematurely. Anyways, these quilts are truly thrilling. What a fun series :-)

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  7. Judy from Northport2:00 PM

    Every day, a new treat!
    Mrs Mel, I must ask if you are doing these small pieces in the same manner that you have done the larger ones, ie, do you make a pattern to work from, or are you doing these by eye? In addition, I would like to know if you are piling up the pieces, or cutting away from behind, or are you, in fact, doing pattern pieces with a small overlap?
    The new pieces are delightful!

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  8. Judy, I don't use a pattern for these pieces. I gather the colors I plan to use, make some striped fabric from those and find several pieces that I will cut into chunks for the main part of the composition. I have drawn out a 12" square on the release paper from the wonder-under, and then I arrange pieces on it. I don't have any more of a plan than that, plus the addition of fused strings afterwards, but I am keeping to a color scheme, obviously, for each. Some pieces overlap like a seam and others are cut away before finally fusing them.
    It's all pretty fundamental. But for me it is such a diversion from my willy nilly all color all the time approach.

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  9. Melody

    These new small pieces are gorgeous. They glow like jewels. You are also obviously having lots of FUN!

    Thanks for sharing all this joy.

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  10. Wow, I like to see you work in Blue. Could you post all of these fruity-square quilts in a row, so we can see them as a series? Or should I just do that on my own?

    A small quilt is in my future also. Thanks to you.

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