Wednesday, May 12, 2010

therapy sewing, etc.

The last couple of days have been a blurrrrrrrr.  Monday I actually went to my studio -- air, light, space, and other artists!! I puttered around and don't think I accomplished much aside from auditioning some color combinations just for fun.  (if this is my idea of fun, you can imagine what my life is like these days - LOL).  The first two fabrics are from Handloom Batik.  Even though they are commercial fabrics, they are available only from Usha and in limited quantities so I never really consider them commercial - if you know what I mean. This purple one is a favorite.I also have it in red and in brown and have been rationing them for years.

The spirals are from Andover and the other one is a Troy fabric I found at Shiisa Quilts in Bloomington. Just mindlessly testing out the dark/light thing. 

  Oh, dear. After I gave away every speck of commercial fabric, here I go again. What am I thinking? Well, I'm thinking of combining some of these with my scraps of hand-printed fabrics -- guess I just need a change of pace.

So here I sit, gazing at my sewing room wall. Oops -notice the pedicure, which cheers me immensely on a dreary, wet, chilly Wednesday morning. It feels like October but looks as though it should be summer.
Now, what about the therapy sewing?  That was yesterday, in a palette that amazingly, matches today's weather.

I trimmed edges with my new ruler -- an Olfa with a nonstick surface that I have to say is wonderful.  I've been using Omnigrid forever but this is so much better because it doesn't move while I am cutting.   I also have a couple of new seam rippers (I can't have too many of those!!) - which I bought in Indiana - one from Fons and Porter with a really nice, ergonomic handle.  And a surgical one which seems sharper than any other I've used.  I used both of them last night.  I need to buy a few more because I can never find them when I want them.

Finally, back to the wall.  As an antidote to all the greyness, I played around with a more cheerful group of fabrics from my inventory.

 Don't know what today will bring, but we shall see.


Approachable Art said...

I love your free-form piecing.

elle said...

Cute toes. CUTER spirals. Does it say somewhere, "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbours..."? vbsigh
I do like that cheerful group.

Eva said...

Love the color combo of the stripes -- bright violet between the tans and earth tones, that's so delicious!
What do you think about reconstruction of fabrics that run out?

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

mmm, I like your play time!!
Today sets me back to seasonal depression! I had to get out my fall coat it's so darn (or insert any other not nice word) cold...
perhaps I need a pedicure to perk me up. or just some girl sewing time! can you drop by next Tuesday? between 11-4?

Regina Dwarkasing said...

Hi Rayna,

I love the more cheerful one, the last one with the reddish/yellowish colours, hmmmm, yummie! Thanks so much also for your comment on my blog,

Regina, SXM

Barbara said...

The last one is very interesting. Great colors! Was the pedicure part of your thought process? LOL!

EmPrint said...

We've been having the same kind of weather. All I can do is pace from window to window!

Libby Fife said...

I do love that those two pieces seem like the existing weather and the hoped for weather. Funny what our mind conjures up right? It is supposed to be 82 degrees here today so I will be going outside to soak up some warmth for you:):)

Gail P said...

Love the peek of you contemplating
"what comes next." Every time I see your "therapy sewing" I want to delve into my pile of fabric, but then something gets in the way.
Enjoy your weather, 90+ here already. Hugs!

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