Mission Accomplished!

Transparency exercise

Transparency exercise

This was fiddly to do, but the illusion is fun!

First a corner was cut out where two fabrics overlapped. The bit that was cut away became a template for cutting the replacement fabric.

Corner cut away from green fabric where green and white "overlap"

Replace the cutaway with a third fabric, and voila...transparency!

Corner replaced with third fabric.

Repeat the process several times over, and . . . did I mention it was tedious?

The problem may have been my attitude. (gasp!) 
My patience was wearing thin.
This was the fourth-last exercise on the list, and I just wanted to hurry up and be done!

Only three more exercises to go!!!

Colours From Nature Exercise, x 2

Eyeball the proportion of colour as found in a subject (ignore the background), and then represent it in fabric on a 3" x 5" card. 

I've done similar colour studies on my own, using magazine pages. They are saved in a sketchbook, and make a great reference tool when seeking colour schemes that work. I was glad to have it when I needed help with an Ugly Fabric Challenge. Boy, was I glad!

Back to the task at hand.

First subject requirement: a flower. 
Not a problem finding fabric in my stash for sunflowers!

Sunflower swatch
Second subject requirement: an animal. 

This exercise has brought to my attention a few deficiencies in my stash. There is a dearth of grays, and a limited palette of browns. Lots of critters have one or the other. The trick was to find a photo that could be represented by my stash. The swatch is not as nuanced as it could be (e.g. I don't have a greenish gray to represent the shadow under Fido's chin, nor is his soft gray mouth represented), but it will do.

Puppy swatch
Other than for the purposes of this exercise, the lack of "animal" colours in my stash doesn't disturb me. If I were to use an animal as a subject for a quilt I'd use fanciful fabrics, anyway!

Oh, who am I kidding? You and I both know that shopping to fill in the gaps is gonna happen!!! There is still a bit of room in my fat quarter drawers . . . 

Can you believe it??? Finally . . . THE LAST EXERCISE!!!

"Get Your Focal Point In Shape" 
The idea was to impose a geometric shape on a focal point to render it more eye-catching. I chose to use a rectangle of the same proportion as the page, but set in the opposite orientation.

Focal point exercise.

Focal point exercise.


In case you are just tuning in, I'm working toward becoming a CQA Certified Quilt Judge. The exercises I've been sharing since the end of January are part of the advance work necessary before attending the first class in June.

Part of?

Yes. You read that right.

There is also required reading, journaling, self-directed research, and preparation of professional documents such as a resume/CV, short bio, full biography, portfolio of my work, and a head shot.

I'm almost ready. Good thing, because the deadline is May 18th!

I'm happily linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes to say, "Mission accomplished!"
(Here is my goal setting post from the beginning of April).

Try, Learn, Grow!
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  1. Wow. It may have been tedious, but the results are fantastic!

  2. This looks like so much fun. I think I would like to play with these challenges just for the fun of it!

  3. Congratulations on getting through all the exercises!!

  4. This is certainly an interesting read, to see the challenges you are given. Good luck as you continue.

  5. Wow, that looks really tedious, but the results are wonderful! Keep up the great work, and congratulations on finishing another step toward your goal.

  6. Congrats on getting the exercises finished!!! I hope all the other requirements are going well. :)

  7. Carole you are excellent at those exercises! I really got fooled by the "transparent" fabrics. You have a keen eye and great powers of observation.

  8. I've really enjoyed reading all your posts about the exercises and seeing your creative results! I'm impressed!

  9. Your transparent exercise looks amazing, I was looking at it thinking how has she done this for quite a while before reading through! And that last focal point exercise is really interesting too. But most of all, congratulations on finishing them all, that must feel pretty good.

  10. I have always been intrigued by transparency quilts. You did an amazing job of that! Excellent efforts to meet each of your challenges, Carole. And yes, any excuse to shop for new fabric is good enough for me!

  11. Just wow! I love your transparency piece. You are so good! Way to go!


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