We just got back from a little get-away. Mostly we just wanted an excuse to use the RV one more time before DH winterizes it. We went to our favorite park which is less than 15 miles from home. It gives a chance to get away from normal everyday responsibilities and distractions. We go with our projects and a stack of DVDs from the library and just relax. We splurge by going out to dinner and bringing ice cream back to the RV.
So what did I get done? I worked some more on my experiments with the Embrace image. I added some sketchy lines to both the black and white version and the analogous version. Once the lines are fuse-basted in place, I hang the quilt on the back of the “design board” (AKA driver’s seat).
I also brought books with me. This time I brought Jinny Beyer’s Color Confidence for Quilters. It was published in 1994 and I hadn’t looked at it in years. Reading it this time, I noticed the pull-out color swatches that I never cut out of the back of the book. I figured it was high time to use them, so out came the scissors. It was fun playing with moving them around into different groupings and gradations. I brought graph paper and color pencils so I could do some simple color scheme exercises. I’m thinking of making some class samples to use as examples. I’m thankful DH is so tolerant. Pretty much the whole RV becomes my studio when we’re away!
We also brought some small painting projects. I got two Forhoja shelves when we went to Ikea last week and wanted to paint them white. DH set up a little table for me so I could spread out. I brought along a little turn table to use while painting. That way I can turn each piece as I paint instead of me circling around and around. Works great! I got my turn table at the thrift store for a quarter. While we were at it, DH sanded down our church offering box and we painted that too. It was originally varnished and decorated more that twenty years ago. Through the years, the decorative paint had soaked into the wood so it couldn’t be sanded away. Painting ended up being the only option.