After a few months of ruminating different ideas (I picked the poem, and will post it later), I put down some “design” ideas in my sketch book.
They’re mostly scribbles at this point, but they do describe some ideas I want to explore and create. We’ll compare the sketch with the final piece in the near future.
The art quilt will be entirely pieced, as opposed to fused, appliqued, etc.
Next, fabrics were pulled and some (more than some) were purchased. This is always the fun part for me. What is the most fun part for you?
Some trials and a lot of errors were made in building the quilt. Yes, building, because the final product is being designed as I’m moving along from one area to the next.
I’m at a stand-still with how to proceed in a particular area and will think this thru overnight. It usually comes to me gradually, if I don’t racked my brain too hard.
I’m also printing on fabric some photos I took of trees around my house. I manipulated a picture until the right effect was achieved.
I had a hard time with my Epson R2000, a large carriage printer. I changed the ink, and cleaned the nozzles. I just wasn’t getting the quality I needed and it was taking so long.
I just wanted to throw the printer in the trash. Frustration X 10!!!!! So, I went out and purchased another Epson. The Artisan 1430 is a large carriage printer made for crafters.
The salesman said it was just what I needed to print on fabric. He was right, and it was a lot less expensive than I expected! It took an hour to set up and I was merrily printing away on fabric. Everything has been easy, so far, with this new machine.
I was able to get the results I needed without a hassle. I posted to my quilt guild about giving away the old printer. Within 10 minutes, it was spoken for. It was picked up the next day.
Stay tuned as this story continues. Just telling you about this is making me feel better. Maybe, it will help you work thru your frustration and hesitation with a current or future project.
I’d love to hear about your experiences with this. Marge