Back in Spring 2014, RaNae sent an email out to her followers, inviting application submissions to be considered for participation in an online laboratory in preparation for a new book. I had been following RaNae's work for some time and was waiting patiently for her to travel to the west coast so I could take a class with her. So I seized this opportunity and worked to assemble my application and portfolio for her consideration. A few weeks later, I was delighted to learn that I had been accepted and the online laboratory would commence soon!
In the online laboratory, RaNae revealed her newest spiral designs: Sideways Spirals. There were several variations and our first task was to choose which variation(s) we would use to create an original quilt design! I will admit that they all piqued my interest, but after going back and forth, I chose her Bracelet Charm design. With the addition of a parallel curve to one strand, I was able to create some interesting areas of overlap to play around with the illusion of transparency. I had yet to explore EQ7, but still utilized technology to help tease out my design. Doug helped to create the Sine Wave curves in Excel, which we repeated to create the basic unit below. I aimed to create the illusion of transparency in some of the overlapping regions, and selected analogous colors. Paint Program was then used to audition different color palettes (warm version on the left and a cooler version on the right). Even though the grid lines and numbering transferred over into Paint, it was enough to evaluate color palette choices.
|Basic Sine Wave Unit|
|Larger Grid Layout--Warm vs. Cool|
|Color Inside the Lines|
|Details of Quilted Texture!!|
|"Sideways Sine Waves Spirals," finishes 36"x36"|
3/27/17 Update: Just learned that my "Sideways Sine Waves Spirals" quilt will be a "cover girl" and included on the cover of the new book coming out April 15th. Super exciting!!