Monday, October 17, 2011

Weekend Play

I finally got back into the studio on Saturday ( after a great weather delay) and for the first couple of hours I just organized scraps. I figured everything I wanted to do for the rest of this design could be made from bits of fabric and the best way to find what I wanted was to make piles of colors. I keep just about every little chunk of leftovers and then scoop them up into boxes and closet them. But opening them is always a mess. So I took one box at a time and just pulled yellows, then reds, then purples and then greens and made piles. Of course the pinks, oranges, blues and turquoises came along too. What was left was a bunch of too darks or too neutrals. Back into the closet they went and then I could work.
What kept me out of the studio so long was the loveliness of the season, and the company of Dave and the pups, who are just so entertaining, and I do mean Dave too. We are just enjoying being here and walking around the 'estate'. You can tell old farts live here as there are so many places to sit scattered about.
Back to the quilt. I think I have added just about all the doo-dads necessary, but then putting it up on the wall, I discovered a flat spot on the pink quadrant, which I am going to fix...today. The piece so far is about 44" square, but I expect it will be cropped a bit as I quilt it. I will not be straight line quilting, as has been my habit of late. I think this needs lots of curliques and fancy designs.

I am not going to rush...have I mentioned that before? I am trying to savor everything these days.


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56 comments:

  1. Melody, this is absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you do with it. (Although, yes - take your time.) :)

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  2. I love your designs! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Very beautiful. Love it, love it!!!

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  4. O M G!!!!! It's soooo fun! I can't wait to see how you quilt it. I can almost imagine you sitting there placing all the dots and strips....and having so much fun. Just awesome.

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  5. wow, this is a stunner - it has that joyful Melody look! :) love it! question - when fusing teeny pieces like these (which are fantastic), any tips to tell which side is the fused side, so they don't end up stuck to the iron? I envision that is what would happen to me anyway.

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  6. This is just too amazing. I love it. Can't imagine how you will quilt it.

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  7. Beautiful....it reminds me of what the seasons of the sun might look liked....if it had seasons.

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  8. It reminds me of a festive birthday party with lots of candles!

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  9. Anonymous9:58 AM

    this made my day , the colours just so incredibly beautiful ... awesome ! linda m in bc

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  10. What a happy quilt!

    But... where are the daily dawgz?

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  11. La Karena11:01 AM

    Melody, this is so playful! I've been dyeing fat eighths with leftover dye and now I will over-dye some of the boring ones with a shibori technique and then I'm going to put some fusing on the backs, start cutting and make something as I've been inspired by you!

    Happy Monday!! And thanks!!!

    p.s. missed the dawg pic this morning--sigh...

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  12. The base design was already so lovely and now BANG!..the eye candy you give out is yummie.

    This quilt is simply a trip your eyes get to go on drinking up all the clever bits.

    I like how you are savoring what you are doing.

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  13. Spectacular! It exudes such joy. You've outdone yourself with this one.

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  14. Anonymous1:42 PM

    This was worth waiting for! Incredible. (I don't know how you decide how to quilt your pieces- that's always the biggest stumbling block for me.)

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  15. Anonymous2:20 PM

    Melody, love this! To me it looks like a sheer celebration of being, in all its moods.
    Joan in MO

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  16. At first glance I got "Clock" from your new work! Maybe "Sundial".... It's smashing and I can't wait to see some curly quilting! Dawgs and Dave are very cute!

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  17. It is gorgeous. I love your design and your bright colors.

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  18. Just beautiful. Please keep posting your progress.

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  19. ooh, this is great! I do love the tiny and tedious!

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  20. Celeste Wegner6:39 PM

    So how did you cut out the mini zig-zags and tiny dots?

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  21. Debby7:45 PM

    This just keeps getting better! Love the rays and small patterns.
    This would be beautiful as a painting too.

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  22. Wow Wow WOW! LOve where this is going! When you started, this reminded me of Carol Taylor's gong motif, but now you've made it your own AWESOME MASTERPIECE! Woot!

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  23. Such beautiful colors---so happy, peaceful, and so you!

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  24. Amazing! I think I would go nuts placing, then pressing all the tiny little bits and pieces! You never cease to amaze me...
    As for enjoying the lovely weather, dawgs and Dave, good for you all! I love the part about the old fart seats everywhere... you have such a beautiful place, and have gone to a lot of effort to make it that way. You deserve to be able to relax and enjoy the results!

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  25. Anonymous8:31 AM

    Oh, Melody. I have to echo all of the above. So cheerful. Such eye candy. But, how DO you cut those little bitty pieces?

    Maggie in Arizona

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  26. LynneP9:04 AM

    This piece is spectacular! Looking forward to seeing it completed.

    It is wonderful that you and Dave are enjoying each others company and your beautiful estate. You have worked so hard-together-to make it so. Nice that you can be together to enjoy!!!

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  27. Amazing! This is Melody at her best! So joyful!

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  28. Melody, Now this is just what I would expect from you....fabulous and so creative. Thank you for sharing. Love it, love it, love it.
    Bren Ps. I like all you do but this is fabulous and so exciting to me.

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  29. Amazingly beautiful. It is time to enjoy the journey.

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  30. Of course you are right in saying ... artists need a very healthy and helpful condition at the workplace and home to be at peace with the self and create.the love of life definitely helps.

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  31. Makes my heart sing! ♥

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  32. This is a stunning, captivating piece. I really wish I could be a fly on the wall and watch you work. It's just amazing how you come up with this stuff. I can hardly wait to see the finished piece! Now let's just see if blogger will let me post - I'm at work, different computer, you never know.

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