Yesterday I went to see the Faithful Circle Quilters' show - this is my (first) guild and one that I always enjoy. FCQ has been in existence since 1971 and is filled with friendly, able quilt makers. The show is always wonderful and this year's show was no exception. :) It has been a while since I've been to a quilt show (too long, probably) and I really enjoyed myself. :)
The photo above is a closeup shot of a panel I bought from The Dyer's Edge (Cathy Beckwith) in the vendor's area at the show. It is a piece of lutrador with hand painted figure that I just love. I'm not sure exactly what is going on with my color preferences right now - usually I go straight for the bright ka-pow colors ... but lately I am selecting more subtle tones and tints. (hmmm)
I think this panel will become the seed for a scroll-style wall hanging in the old Oriental style. Since the ground is lutradur (and I won't want to wash it), I might do some heat tool work on it to make lace-y places in the negative space. Here is a photo of the whole panel:
It was wonderful to be able to take my time yesterday and really look at all the quilts in the show - not to mention saying hello to guild members I haven't seen for a while. :) I also bought a (regular cotton) panel from Cottonseed Glory who were vending with a Goodnight, Moon print on it - that was my daughter's favorite book as a tiny girlie. I expect this piece will be made into some kind of baby quilt. :)
The other thing I purchased from The Dyer's Edge was an indigo-dyed scarf made from cheesecloth. I have no intention of using it as a scarf - I want to use it in my slowly developing indigo collage quilt. :) I did some experimenting this afternoon with free hand embroidery on it in a sort of landscape-y fields and hills way...I doubt you can really see much of it on this pic but this is what I got with my iPhone for now. I think I'll have to layer it over something much lighter or darker to really see the pattern:
Maybe if you click and look at the large size you can see the details I put in? I started off thinking I would embroider it a la Karen Ruane of Contemporary Embroidery but the cloth had a mind of its own. :) I think there will be more embroidery to emphasize the direction of plowing on the tilled field sections ... and maybe some mountains in the distance beyond the fence before I'm done.
Nothing like some thread therapy to lift up my spirits! :)