You know it's bad when your partner, who loves you dearly and enjoys seeing the fruits of your labor, but who also only pay cursory attention to your blog says, "You really haven't blogged since October 29?!" Um. Yeah. I'm overdue.
I've been working like a crazy person, both at the J.O.B. and in the studio.
First, I have a great new commission piece. I pulled some solids after viewing her home and space, and when she came for the follow-up, we pulled some prints together.
Hunter's Design Studio. Not only is she an awesome lady and a good friend, but she also gave me (and anyone else who wants them) the tools I needed to write up the estimate properly with her $ew Worth It movement. If you're a crafter who sells your wares, or just someone who enjoys the work that crafters create, you really need to read her series of blog posts on charging better than poverty wages for our expertise. Go ahead. (Read here to find out about the worth of crafting, here for the bigger picture, and here she gives you the tools you need to put it into practice.) I'll wait here while you do.
Are you back? Isn't she awesome?!
I've been working on another commission piece, this one for my sister-outlaw. She sent me an inspiration pic that I absolutely love.
Isn't that cuttlefish cute? And those colors instantly sparked a design in my brain. You'll have to wait until I get it together more to see some of the more interesting points of the design, but I've been working on piecing the background.
Please excuse the crappy cell phone pics to follow.
I started with a lot of purple squares, sorted by value.
Using Amanda Jean's trick for randomization, I sewed them together in strips of 5 in 5 different value sets: light, light & medium, medium, medium & dark, and dark.
Since it will be a king-sized quilt, I had to lay it out in sections; my design wall just isn't big enough to lay it all out at once. I started with one quarter of the strips on the design wall (in value sets) and took a pic on my phone. This is a great trick I've discussed before to help in your design process. It helps me see what stands out and doesn't belong where it is.
After a few small switches...
There may have been a little wine involved...
Of course, as soon as I was done with one half of the blocks, I had to lay them out on my bed, which is still too short to do them justice, but gave me a tickle.
Then, I went through the whole process, again, with the other half.