Saturday, November 27, 2010

How do Chains work?

Since the snow was impeding travel, we decided it was time for a chains demonstration. Everyone had to be trained how to install chains on the Golf and Jetta. This looks like a sales pitch!

Early Snowfall

This was my view after getting stuck in the snow. No one could get up this hill without chains, and with a cliff to the left, the woman who is sideways wouldn't accept assistance.
So after an half hour, we were able to back down to the bottom of the hill and turn around. This was the view going the other direction. Eventually, we made it to 532, crossed over, and parked at Islander's. Then we hiked back to be met by the Huff's. Crazy day!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Quilt Design Class

I found a perfect class for me! Lorraine Torrence is teaching Art Design at Quiltworks in Bellevue. Although she's been teaching this for 20 years, I am now at the point of noticing. I want to do something original! So our first assignment was to make a few quilts showing symmetry and asymmetry. I used a simple leaf for each one so they could be a series. Then I manipulated them a bit to engage the viewer.
This is an example of radial symmetry. All of the inside pieces are fused. The blue is supposed to represent the earth.
The following asymmetrical piece was the hardest. How do you achieve balance without symmetry? I drew this piece in my sketchbook about 25 times. At the class, Lorraine suggested I paint a little yellow in the green leaves to add more color balance. Also, I should cut off 2-3" inches of the left side. I'm good with that.

Next month our assignment is to create 5 or 6 quilts with asymmetry by copying the masters. I think I will attempt a Cezanne landscape.

Quilt Photos

It's been years since I was able to take a good picture. I had a good camera, but all the hanging and the lighting is a pain to set up. So I put together my own little photo session.

I decided to hang some sheeting and take good pictures of the quilts in the house. It is so much more complicated to hook up the lighting. Some turned out better than others.