autumn, and a gradient with a twist ~

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hello ~

our autumn colors are flying away on the warm winds, and cool breezes, as we take in vistas of snowy mountain tops from the flat of the prairies… 

but the inspiration is still so pretty…

and i hunker down in my studio, and pull out fabrics that remind me of those early fall days…

this piece of hand dyed fabric is vicki welsh’s “red sunset” and this color combo just has autumn written all over it.  there are so many possibilities, to explore it and take it in many different color directions!  the main challenge is to pick which ones?

and so i have begun with “twist” from superior threads. two colors twisted together.  i have three spools of it; blue, red and green, and although i have tried it before, it’s been awhile.  but i do think it’s the perfect ‘jumping off’ spot to take to this gorgeous gradient {and radiant!} piece of fabric!

it is a 40 weight thread, and i’m using the needle that superior says to use, which is on the label of their threads:

the  rusty orange brown thread color, shown above, isn’t going to show a lot in certain areas, where the color values are much the same, but i rather like that idea, and so i will continue to develop that color story as i quilt a different feather style.  instead of a mostly even-looking, overall pattern of feathers, i’m playing with a curvy, ‘question-mark’ type of pattern, which i will reverse across the length of this piece as i decide whether to keep it consistently in this thread color… or add the other twist variations into the cloth.

i may need to shop for some more twists! 

and while this lovely gradient just glows with autumn colors, the two-color twist on this piece definitely adds to it!

come and tag along with me, as i play, will you?  of course, i’ll be showing more of my process on this little piece.

blessings on your day!

Comments 9

  1. Every so often I comment and always have to tell you how I have come back to your blog over and over again through the years. Your color palette and decorative touches are so unique to you – I really enjoy seeing what you are doing! (The Superior Threads piece is FANTASTIC and I can really see how your artwork is a perfect fit to showcase their beautiful threads!) I just had to tell you once again how inspiring you are…I stopped by to look at some of your older posts on textiva film and shiva paintstiks as I just ordered some for a current project…and I couldn't helped but be pulled in by all the great pictures!!! I have been sitting here flipping through for about an hour! Thank you for all that you share, and good luck on your journey!! You are really doing great things! 🙂

  2. The twist thread gives a glow appearance, I haven't tried this thread yet. Currently quilting a king size with ferny feathers but I think I am going to incorporate your curly type ferns to give some interest/relief. Thanks for your always inspirational post.

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