Thursday, December 11, 2014

In The Studio


            In my studio I have this growing pile of naturally dyed and printed fabrics- just sitting there waiting for "one day". So this week- even with the time crunch I decided to dive into that pile of goodness and start a quilt- for myself! I'm so excited about this project- I have been planning this quilt in my head for so long but have always been intimidated by the actual making of the quilt- it's clearly time to get over that and just start making it. Heavily inspired by a quilt I saw last winter at Oakland's a Verb For Keeping Warm I chose a very natural pallet of fabrics dyed with onion skins, turmeric and- my favourite- indigo.

             Although this is clearly still a work in progress- I only have half a quilt top- I needed to share- I'm really loving how it's coming together! Using up all the leftover scrap natural linen is pretty satisfying as well- all the end cuts from pillows and custom orders from the past year. It's nice to see my scrap pile shrinking away and being put to use- repurposed- and enjoyed.

              These days I don't have much time to sew- the urge to create still doesn't go away- sewing this quilt is a bit like itching a scratch. This is the business that satisfies my soul- gets me excited and keeps the creative juices flowing. I'm hoping to have the rest of the top finished by our holiday so I can get my mom to help me bind the edges. I really can't wait to have this little bit of handmade in my living room- curl up under it and read a good book. Merry Christmas to me!


P.S.- all picture taking was done after work!
P.S.S- thanks Kate for taking this picture of me!

7 comments:

  1. It looks so great!!

    And you're welcome. :)

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  2. Its looking really awesome! Nicely done. Can't wait to see the finished piece. -ttm

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    1. Thanks! I had hoped it would be ready to bind by the time we headed to the Okanagan but I just ran out of time- hoping to get it wrapped up in January!

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  3. Sharilyn, I love what you have created! That's going to be an awesome quilt. Where do you teach your painting class - at Opus?

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    1. Hi Melissa- I'm going to run more screen printing classes in the spring- probably out of my studio. I do work at Opus and have done demos at the store in the past- hopefully again soon!

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    2. Also thank you- I am feeling quite chuffed at how my quilt is turning out!

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