Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Creative Process Continues . . .


Notebook Series: #16

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes; art is knowing which ones to keep."

"Dilbert" creator Scott Adams

Now comes the second phase in the process of creating my next large quilt (please see my post of April 24 for the beginning steps).  At this point, the techniques still involve the precision of Mr. Left Brain, but Mr. Right Brain knows his turn is coming, so the two halves cooperate nicely with each other and I move along fairly quickly.
  • I now place fusible interfacing (I prefer Pellon Lightweight Shirtailor) over each motif in the cartoon and trace the outlines in ink.  I draw dots on the interfacing, rather than a solid line, for two reasons: (1) dots are less likely to show along the edge of the fused piece after it's appliqu├ęd in place, and (2)  if I were drawing a continuous line, the pen would drag along the interfacing and distort the image.
  • All of the interfacing shapes are cut out, leaving about a quarter-inch allowance around each one.
  • I tape the master pattern to a glass door; I then tape my background fabric (also interfaced) over the pattern and trace the position of the motifs onto the background with a Clover white marking pen.
  •  I pin the background fabric to my design board and pin the interfacing shapes in their approximate places. 
  • Now the fun begins: the pieces of fabric show up for their audition.  Believe me, they all get a lot of time on the stage before I decide whether or not to send them to Hollywood (waaay too much "American Idol" lately . . .).  When I feel fairly certain of my choices, then, and only then, do the scissors make an appearance (I'm so stingy with my fabric that I hate to cut it and have to discard it -- but nothing is ever set in stone, so I do have a lot of orphaned shapes when I'm done).
More to come in a future post.  In the meantime, enjoy this wonderful weekend as we officially welcome summer. 



8 comments:

suequilts said...

Fascinating to hear how someone else works. I can't wait to see the piece and look forward to the next installment!

Quilt Rat said...

I can already tell this will be wonderful. I do hope you will continue to show what you can of the process........oh the anticipation!

Diane J. Evans said...

Thank you, ladies -- I appreciate the support!

Diane

Marilyn Rock said...

Your process is incredible! You are precise, detailed and oh so talented! A true painter with fabric! WOW!

Tracey said...

I cant wait to se what is coming! Another amazing piece in progress!

Loreen Leedy said...

Now I get what you probably meant about the fusible re Jenny, a fusible interfacing. If it's the right weight and has fusible on one side, that might work for what I'm doing.

Karen said...

Wonderful quilts!

Jane said...

Diane, found your blog through the craft for health blog. Had to say I think your quilts are very beautiful. Posting a comment on this one as I love the Dilbert quote. have a book of those cartoons somewhere - must look it out ....
I'll be back to visit again soon and see what you are up to.

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