Music music music

Images of music are swirling through my head these days. I've got so many I want to piece! Keyboards, whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, the staff, treble clef, bass clef, guitars, sheet music, etc. 

I sketched this recently and have been piecing it bit by bit -- It's tricky because the keys require "set-in seams."  I've had to discipline myself to learn more difficult methods to get the results I want -- not easy!  My inclination is to "go with the flow" and improvise when I come up against a piecing dilemma.

First I figured out the shapes which must be pieced together to make one "key" in the keyboard, and I chose the values (colors) that would give it depth and perspective. However, after looking at them laid out nicely on my cutting board, I realized I didn't really know how to piece this thing together!!!

FORTUNATELY, I was in the middle of an online class with Lisa Call, titled "Intentional Piecing."  I SOS-ed for help and Lisa had the answer right away -- I needed to learn how to piece a "Le Moyne Star."

If you are interested in learning this technique for set-in seams yourself, you can find instructions online. Lisa sent me to this one:




WORK IN PROGRESS -- Here it is on my wall today in rough form. I will post the completed piece once I have it done. In my imagination, I'm seeing a series of big quilts filled with music images, from multi-colored keyboards to expressive quarter-notes moving up and down on a wavy black and white staff, and a variety of music symbols. In the process of making these, I hope to "loosen up" the piecing so it becomes more abstract. Ultimately I would like to make art that makes you think of music, without actually showing recognizable images of music symbols or instruments. This could take a while, but I'm eager to give it a go!

My husband deserves an award

I think my husband George is the one who deserves an award!


I totally neglected to blog about The Best of the Valley quilt show last month! I remember quickly posting to my friends on social media (FB) and that was it. Well, I was excited to receive First Place and Judges Choice awards but the best part was the look on my sweet husband's face when we turned a corner at the show and there were my quilts with the ribbons on them. I think he may have popped a button or two.


That's what made the day especially great. It was like he received the awards too, for all the times he's patiently waited for me to finish "one more thing" in the studio. (There's always "one more thing!")