The last two days have been a miasma of back-to-homeschooling fun, early morning workouts, and random projects.
First of all, I've finally gotten around to starting a hoop based on a Mary Blair illustration. My friend Elizabeth posted a blog about her here and that served as my "sign" that it was time to just suck it up and start already. I've also got a small quilt I want to do based on her work, but that's something that makes me sort of giggle nervously when I start contemplating all the tiny, tiny patchwork squares. Anyway, here's a sneak peek of the work in progress:
Right now I don't have many quilting projects to work on (nor much desire for quilting at this particular time) but I'm keeping some ideas on the back-burner for the day when I feel the quilting bug strike again. I've got a lovely stack of Kona solids in various reds, browns and greys, and I've been trying to decide what to do with them. My color inspiration was this picture from Flickr:
I might even end up doing a quilt that looks just like the building. The jury is still out. But here's another idea I had for something a little more outside the box if you'll forgive the pun.
I like the idea of a completely non-square quilt. Although does this look too...Native American? I can't decide.
Lastly, this Christmas my oldest got this seriously AWESOME metal suitcase loaded with art supplies. I was actually jealous. A little. Included in this kit were a whole assortment of watercolor pencils, something I've always wanted to try but was too cheap to buy in case I didn't like them. Today I decided to try them out, and rather than rack my brain trying to come up with some new idea I opted to do a study of one of my favorite artists, Royo.
The verdict on watercolor pencils is I stinkin' LOVE them!! I had so much fun and talk about instant gratification! I have a feeling that Ilya is going to need a new set of these things, and soon. :)