Yesterday I didn’t end up spending time in the studio, but did do some creating in my flower garden. Many of the perennials that I had planted last spring did not make it thru the harsh winter so I set out looking for new ones. Then I had the thought that, since the bed was so small, I could easily plant annuals each year and increase my flower to foliage ratio!!! So, I first weeded the bed and trimmed back some dead stems and then I enjoyed planting about 25 new plants….about half perennial and half annual.
Now I just get to wait for them to grow and bloom!!!
I also had to deal with a pesky set of deer who have been enjoying a few of my leafier plants and pulling up my tulip bulbs by the leaves!!!! Hopefully the application of a deer repellent will do the trick!!
This morning I met a fellow quilter for coffee and then returned home to get started on my “Blue Mosque” project.
Now, if you cast your mind back to the previous post about this project, I had all of my fabrics picked out, organized and ready to use.
I started laying those fabrics in roughly the spots they would occupy……
But then I realized that there needed to be a light source and that the fabrics were going to be too dark. SO…….
….. so all of the other fabrics needed to change as well!!
At this point, I was starting to tense up because I wasn’t sticking with my original plan, but I gave myself a good talkin’ to and told myself to just go with the flow. Apparently I listened because I was able to go forward and keep making changes.
I had thought that the windows in each dome would be yellow, but as I tried lots of different fabrics, it became clear that these first ones needed to be bluish…..
I found one piece of hand-dyed fabric that I had bought at some point (I think that it was actually a drop cloth that someone just squeezed together to meld the dyes) and was able to cut the first set of windows from it.
I also made a decision to cut the windows as a unit rather than making each one individually. This is a bit of a pain to cut, but it sure makes the layout process easier!!!!
At the end of my afternoon, the first dome was formed…..
I am fusing the pieces together and had originally thought that I would lay out the entire top before I started actually fusing. After this one dome, I think that I will go ahead and fuse sets together as I go.
Tomorrow is free except for a trip to the gym early in the morning and dinner with good friends at their house in the evening, so I cant wait to get back to it!!!!