Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Big Muddy

I've been wanting to do a few more pieces in the New Orleans series. And so I did. Then the pile of scraps kept calling out to me. "Just do a couple more," the scraps begged. And so I did.

Once again, I put some motivational music in the CD player. New Orleans and southern Louisiana tunes. Plus the Be Good Tanyas, naturally. They NEVER leave the CD player. The CD on the bottom right is hard to read. My fave: Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas "Hang it High, Hang it Low". Never fails to light a fire under my kettle.

Those begging, pleading scraps:

Looks like I just don't have enough of the window material in brown. Will have to make more. I'm quite fond of making simple stamps. Sometimes, just a rectangle is all that is needed.

And a white paint pen.

Now to lay out some ideas:

Need some more of the white letters on black and white swirls:

Time to sketch out some ideas:

Making progress:

Final layout (?) with some beading ideas:

Now the real work will begin. Sewing the pieces together. Quilting. More quilting. Applying beads and other embellishments.

Big Muddy is named after the Mississippi River. I'm also working on a smaller version of this piece.

I'm still thinking of a plan to have these auctioned off for a charitable organization in New Orleans. Lots of planning to do there. I have NO idea where to start. Maybe I'll contact the new mayor!

Many of the other pieces can be seen on my website.


Rita Vindedzis said...

Very interesting to see your process Kim. Thanks for sharing.

aimee said...

VERY cool. love the colors - they go so well with the title of the piece and the white really makes the rectangles go POP!

Fibra Artysta said...

I really enjoyed seeing the various steps - its an awesome piece. :)

Susan said...

I also found the steps in your creative process very interesting. I can't wait to see the final product. Great work.

jason said...

the be good tanyas?
Must investigate!

I love your use of the white.

Kelly M. said...

thanks for sharing your planning process -- it's great to see how a creative mind tinkers, wanders, wonders "what if I do this . . . ?" Good luck with your New Orleans charity -- maybe the American Quilt Society in Paducah, KY?

ArtPropelled said...

I so enjoyed this post!! Gorgeous colours and designs. That pile of pleading scraps would be yelling at me too. Love the stamped piece with the white paint pen outlines!