Today is What's Leah Working on Wednesday and let's catch up with what is going on in the studio!
Of course, Shadow Self is still very much in the quilting process, but she's chugging along at a nice pace and I expect to finish her by the end of the month.
Last night I got into a very nice groove and finished the whole body section, heart, head, and started on a blue flame ray. I didn't realize how late it got until I started getting hungry and realized it was 2 am.
With quilting I always quilt from the center, so for at least the next couple of days I'll be "eating my vegetables" and quilting the hardest part of the quilt so it gets finished quickly and I can move on to the edges which are easier to stitch.
For fillers, I really haven't used hundreds on this quilt, even though I easily could. I like to use filler designs simplistically so you can tell one texture from another. They define the space they take up, much like the colors of fabric.
And speaking of colors, I'm thinking about adding some paint to her head, heart, and body. Maybe just some touches of iridescent paint here and there so she glows a bit...hmmm....the idea is certainly bouncing around...
Today I plan to stitch at least 2 or 3 more blue rays and maybe 2 green rays. These are quilting very quickly because so much space is taken up by the trapunto motifs.
Before I head upstairs, I'm going to cut out the squares for a new project. I've decided to start working on a new DVD series now that Volume 1 and Volume 2 will be discontinued at the end of this month.
This new series will feature the designs by difficulty, so the first DVD will feature 20 to 30 beginner filler designs. Honestly this is the way I should have organized the DVDs from the beginning, so I'm happy to be going through and shooting this project the right way.
This time I will also exclusively work on black fabric with black wool felt as the batting and white thread.
Looking back at the videos I think the different colored fabrics can be distracting, so from now on I want to focus on getting the best contrast so you can see the stitching very clearly.
Today I'll get the squares cut, then tomorrow I'll start quilting and filming. Josh is going to really help me out by taking over all the editing work on this DVD project so while he is editing, I'll be able to quilt Shadow Self.
If we work together and stay focused, I'm hoping this new DVD will be ready by the end of the month!
So that's it for this Working Wednesday. I'm off to eat lunch and then get back into the studio!
Let's go quilt,