Friday, December 07, 2007

More From Art Quilt Tahoe

One of the best things about taking a class from Carol Taylor is that you get to work a lot on value. This is an area that is so important, and one I don't think anyone can get too much of!

This is the start of one of our class projects, with my fabrics sorted out. I eventually added more of the very dark fabrics on the left and refined the other piles as I went. Not every fabric here made it into the quilt. I moved away from the blue accents (like the fabric at the bottom of the second pile from the left), and more into the purples, which I loved with the browns and blacks.

You basically work from light to dark as you go along. Here's a snapshot of the start with the lights into the medium lights.

I think I mentioned it in a previous post, but this whole process really makes me want to reorganize my fabric according to value. I know I have real gaps in the very lights and very darks (like most quilters do). And since my work requires good value emphasis to be effective, I think it would be helpful. The only real problem I face with the reorganization is that I really don't have the room to spread out and do a good job with it. That and the fact that it would probably take me at least 2 weeks of valuable studio time to do it.

More lights into mediums and medium-darks. Although this quilt is fairly small (about 18"x54") it is a long process to get the value placement correct. As a class, we took most of a day to get our pieces in place on the foundation.

Here's a look with the third and fourth pieces, nearly finished. After I had the four base pieces up, I went back and added a lot of accent pieces to further enhance the look of the quilt.

I started my couching in class on the last day, and have about half of it completed. I need to get it finished this month, since I am giving a PowerPoint presentation at our guild meeting next month on my experience at Art Quilt Tahoe and I want to have the projects there for everyone to see.

If you have a chance to take a class with Carol Taylor, grab it. She is an inspiring, patient and knowledgeable teacher who will encourage you to make your best effort!


Vicki W said...

I agree with you - there isn't anything more important than value. I took a couple of classes with her here in Richmond in the Spring and both were really good. But I think I'd really like to take this one!

Mechelle said...

Carol's classes are fun! She wasn't really offering the value workshops yet when I has her as a teacher, looks like it was a great class! Can't wait to see the finished piece!

Nellie's Needles said...

It sounds and looks like you had an inspiring and fun time in that workshop. So many doors open with working knowledge of colors and all their properties.

One of my favorite things about working with value as the impetus is that unexpected hues can sneak in the mix and still work, but add zing.

Can't wait to see how this finishes.

Sande said...

Very nice! Refresher practice on values is always a well-spent effort. This is a lovely piece.

susie monday said...

this is very lovely. S