For the first three days of the class we learned many different techniques and used many different colors. As I finished a piece I slapped it up on my design wall in no particular fashion.
At the end of the third day of experimenting, we had to decide on a plan for our fourth day of intense dyeing. I wasn't in love with anything I had done, but I did like that piece in the upper right corner. It was an itajime (folded and clamped) piece. At least two of the women in the class were scientists and they came with some unusual things to share that were great for itajime. I used a pair of pippet holders to get that polka-dotty image. Be sure to click on the picture to see those dots.
I tried putting that piece with others of similar color. These pieces were all dyed in different blacks. Those tiny rectangles are samples of the three blacks she had available. When Jan came around to give advice, she also liked that piece, but didn't like putting it with those that I had chosen. She suggested that I do more of the itajme, using the same triangular fold and experimenting with the same pippet holder and other clamping shapes and trying different under-painting colors and then dyeing them all in the same Black #3 (nickel)
So before we went home that evening, I under-painted several pieces of fabric, trying to capture the same feeling as the original and trying some new colors.
The last day was our big design day, no dyeing. We could wear nice clothes if we wanted. I wish I had taken pictures of some of my pieces before they got cut up. After cutting, arranging and rearranging and some tweaking by Jan, this is the composition I ended up with. Not at all what I had in mind when I took the class, but it is growing on me.
When I got home I tweaked it some more and added another column on the right. It's about 58" x 48". I'm going to quilt it in three panels and then sew those quilted panels together (something I do all the time with great results), because that will make it so much easier but I don't know what quilting designs or lines I will use. I want to do a lot of free-motion quilting as I usually do.
So what do you think? Thumbs up or thumbs down? Any suggestions for quilting designs?
As for learning how to do those techniques that Jan uses in her award winning quilts, well I did learn how to do them and I will definitely try them on my own.