Archive for the ‘commission’ Category

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Although somehow I am unable to flip this image , maybe being 90 degress out helps see the options more clearly, anyway. At east this is better than seeoing only a little suare with red x in it in place of the photo, as faced me when I turned in to write more today. The only one of several pics I posted a few days ago. Bloody computers and Bloody Blogger, when they act together the results can be a little unpredictable.

So, these three strips pinned across the finished layers are in the preliminary auditions so to speak, for being the binding fabric chosen for this quilt. At this point I think the purple is safe but boring, the tomato red isn’t nearly as exciting as the stripe containing a lot of black. MOre fabrics will be assessed, and one finally chosen – but no rush until after the quilting is completed.

OF COURSE, before setting out to quilt this piece, I will be doing some quilting samples on scraps of fabric sandwiched with offcuts of the same batting and backing, to make sure it gives the look I want. And, I am prepared to spend however much time is necessary for this as it always pays. My machine is cleaned and oiled, a new jeans needle fitted, and the pearlescent thread I plan to use in the top third or so, is threaded, ready for samplising first thing.

Anatomy of a Commission – Day 1

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

The client commissioning this piece had chosen bright colours, mentioning bright sunsets viewed in Mexico, and wanting something landscapey and mentioned in particular her love of marshlands. She concluded that she’d prefer a horizontally oriented piece, and I think she made a wise choice. So what with her colour choice being also my own, I am looking forward to this project.

Day one, the actual start of the piece, was monday of this week, 6 days ago or a week tomorrow.

Here the fabrics are being all set out in order of expected use. Necessary auxilliary equipment includes a supply of meaningful cds, some I haven’t listened to in a while. My goodness , Neil Diamond wrote some wonderful stuff, I had remembered the music but when I came to this collection of 60 of his greatest hits, I was astounded at some of the lyrics that had not registered with me when we first became fans decades ago – around the Hot August Night album time – full water spray bottles for ironing as we go – some of this fabric has been wrinkled up in my fabric stash bags for years…. my mobile phone’s on the table (not everyone uses it but people who reeeaaally need to get in touch with me do – like DH for example., and anyone else can and will leave a message on the phone downstairs) The final piece of equipment you can’t see – it is the camera I’m usingto snap progress at intervals.

Interesting is that in this fabric collection are several pieces which although I had put them in when auditioning, during the subsequent construction just did not have a positive impact, or were wrong in some unexpected way, and so they are not in the final piece. This is as a result of cutting and sewing as I go, one piece at a time.

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