Piecing The Light

The paints are packed up, the tarps put away, and the fabric has dried.  The next step is to open up the envelopes of shards that I've sorted by color and begin arranging them on the dried fabric. The color codes on each piece direct the placement: should the shard be placed on a solid color, a mottled area, or a wash from light to dark? "Fussy cutting" to the extreme. In the image above, you can see examples of this, particularly in the long, thin dart of fabric just to the left of the rotary cutter. I placed this piece on an area of golden fabric that faded into a lavender and periwinkle. (Note: These are shards used in the work titled "Angel's Share.")

I use a small ruler to cut out each piece with 3/16" seam allowance. Once all pieces are cut, I sort them into piles by section and begin to arrange them into the correct placement using my "key", the paper copy of the freezer paper I made at my local FedEx Store.

 

I intentionally chart out the diamonds so that there are no inset seams -- or at least a bare minimum. Insets (or "Y" seams) don't bother me, but they do slow down the piecing.

The section has been pieced.  The colors are awaiting their big reveal. This is my favorite moment....

...and the color emerges! 

I used to rip off the facets and pitch them in the garbage, but I've decided to save each one and archive them...just in case I want to use part of a design in future work.

The titles of my pieces aren't usually settled until after I've had a chance to spend some time with them. The first working title for this piece was "Splash". Then I changed it to "Fire & Ice II" (as you can see above). The final title, "Old Fashioned New", was selected when I recognized that this piece contained lots of orange and cherry hues -- just like my favorite bourbon cocktail, the Old Fashioned.

The titles of my pieces aren't usually settled until after I've had a chance to spend some time with them. The first working title for this piece was "Splash". Then I changed it to "Fire & Ice II" (as you can see above). The final title, "Old Fashioned New", was selected when I recognized that this piece contained lots of orange and cherry hues -- just like my favorite bourbon cocktail, the Old Fashioned.

I tape each major section to the wall as I go along for no particular reason other than I love to see it emerge. Oh, yes, and one other reason: if there is a segment that just doesn't look right, I can rip it out, cut out a better color selection  and reinsert it before it becomes embedded in the large piece. See the larger piece in the lower left corner that washes from yellow at the upper right to a mottled pink at the lower left? That bugged me. It just didn't fit in. This was one I removed and replaced with a better choice.

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