Friday, January 10, 2014

Ikat Napkins for Color Intensive + a personal note

Ok, I'm really excited to show you something I've been working on for Color Intensive!  It's a project included in the class, designed to work well as a monochromatic work. 

Ikat napkins for Color Intensive

Patchwork cloth napkins are such a luxury.  It's a bit of art that's practical and appreciated by guests.  I'm thinking ahead to Easter, when we host our family dinner.  These lovely bits of color and pattern will dress up our tables!  Not too much fuss, but so festive.  

Ikat napkins for Color Intensive

I can make a range of colors to match our colorful plates, or forget matching, just letting the colors swim together a la my patchwork curtains!

Ikat napkins for Color Intensive

The third week of Color Intensive (an online workshop about color + fabric) will focus on Neutrals.  It may seem odd to spend a whole week on neutrals in a class about color, but learning the dynamics of adding black, white, brown or gray to a work is crucial. Neutrals drastically effect the mood of any color scheme.   We'll also talk about the impact of value in color choices and how to create powerful monochromatic works by including shades and tints of our chosen color.  

Ikat napkins for Color Intensive

I decided right away that monochromatic patchwork napkins would be fun for that week's project.  The challenge is to stay in one color, but choose fabrics that have a range of values so as to show off the patchwork pattern.  You could make a few napkins or many, so easily adapted and such a useful finish.  


Ikat napkins for Color Intensive

The class will include instructions for two types of napkins:  simple patchwork napkins made of 3" squares (so they'll go together fast) and the pattern for this Ikat napkin.  I have machine paper pieced mine for accuracy (I wanted all those delicious right angles!), but you could also traditionally piece this if preferred.  

when they open!

We love how the Ikat napkin looks folded on the plate, but when you open it up... what a surprise!  

Ikat napkins for Color Intensive

If you'll be joining us for Color Intensive, keep in mind that registration opens on Monday January 20th.  Class actually begins 2 weeks later, February 3rd.  Next week I'll be chiming  to share some tools I'm using to communicate in color!

::a personal note::

Wow, didn't see that coming!  This post unearthed so much truly helpful feedback from you amazing readers.  I now feel in my bones that my choices are perfectly valid and are even working, so that they aren't going to leave me in the dust next week.  Sometimes a person needs a little affirmation. I feel so incredibly blessed to have been dealt way more than my fair share.

I wrote that post one particularly overwhelming night and then sat on it a few days before publishing.  Some part of me knew that the angst I had felt was somewhat silly, short-sided and immature; but, I decided to share it anyways, if only as a reminder that we're all completely human.  We all have our insecurities.  Sometimes blinders are exactly what we need to get on with being happy and stop comparing!

Words cannot express how moved I am by those who pointed towards do. Good Stitches in the comments.  I honestly don't recognize often enough that the work we're all doing there is way more important to me than so many other things I've "produced" thus far.  I know that wherever life leads I will look back and be so thankful and so satisfied that I was a part of blessing others through do. Good Stitches.  Quilt gifting is one of the best things this art has to offer.

For your perspective, your encouragement, your practical advice and wisdom earned in years, for your understanding... for it all, I am truly grateful.


24 comments:

  1. Gorgeous napkins Rachel. - I think as bloggers we are all besieged by doubts, whether about success, popularity or just opening up our lives. You do a great job, and like that you don't just blog to sell your books, fabric etc. I find your creations and use of colour so inspiring

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  2. The napkins really are lovely. They would make lovely pillow tops too.
    So glad you are back--missed you yesterday and was checking today. Thought maybe you were out of sorts.
    i enjoyed reading yesterday's comments as well. Sometimes an ordinary life is the extraordinary one.

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  3. These are really awesome. The colors are great.

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  4. The napkins are so very pretty and would look so good with a friends Fiesta dishes.

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    1. Yes, they would! Our old dishes were all cracked, so we got Fiesta dishes last year. I'm so enjoying them and they're what's in the pictures =)

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  5. I find great inner joy in making things for others with my own two hands! Lovely napkins btw.

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  6. I haven't commented before but really love your blog. As far as the other blog post goes, well, I think you're right. When you have a good thing, sometimes your best move is to just enjoy it.

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  7. great napkins - a word to the wise for your students....do not, I repeat, do not use any fabric with glitter or sparkle in it for napkins......I made some great semi circular Christmas napkins that folded up to look like trimmed trees, used them for my Christmas eve gathering and low and behold, two of the gentlemen who wore slacks got up from the table covered in glitter! How embarrassing at the moment, but we have had a good laugh over it since

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  8. The napkins are absolutely beautiful. Love them.
    Yes, we all need affirmations now and then, it is human nature to doubt and question. Don't worry, we'll always help you out. :)

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  9. I am glad, regarding that other post, you received clarity and the much needed "I am where I am supposed to be at this time in my life" reinforcement from your friends. After QuiltCon, you struggled with some of the same doubts and insecurities. That's all they are. Your gifts, your talents, lie elsewhere - they are your children, your classes, your ability to plan and effectively homeschool your children, to spread goodness - yes, via do.good.stitches. Someone said to me once, that the things we think we should be doing now, but can't or aren't, are seeds waiting to germinate later. They don't die. They don't wither. They just wait. When the time is right, they sprout, grow, blossom, and flourish. Please remember when comparing yourself to others, they may not be doing what you're doing, and if the shoe were on the other foot, might like to be exactly where you are or have done what you've accomplished.

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  10. wonderful napkins - love all the colours ! I was thinking about your post last night - i didn't leave a comment the other day - but I'm glad people mentioned your fabulous work with do.good stitches ! what I was actually thinking was that there are lots of book authors that put out quilting books and I have no idea who they are so I don't think that publishing a book is the bee all and end all of life !! I think you are doing great as you are - oh and I notice your name when I pick up the latest Quilty magazine ! as you say - you don't have time to be doing more than you are at the moment !

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  11. oh and I definitely agree with "id" above - sometimes a seemingly ordinary life is an extraordinary one !!

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  12. You are on the right path, Rachel. It's hard not to see that when I come to your happy space and see the beautiful things you create and help others to achieve in their own ways. That's a gift.

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  13. the napkins are really wonderful, I love them, I wouldn't even bare to use them
    no - you can wash these

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    1. I hear you, Brigitte. But I will use them. Will! Beautiful things want to be used =)

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  14. First of all, I love the napkins. Color play is always fun and rewarding to the eyes. I missed your last post, so went back and read it, as well as many of the comments. I, like you, often strive to be what others think I should be. Then I need to remind myself that I am me, and not them. Do I really want those things they have like book contracts and fabric design jobs? Not really. It would take away from the time I have to create, and that is what I truly love to do the most. My blog is small, and I am happy with it most of the time. I love your stuff. I read you often and if I miss a post, I always go back and read it later. I love hearing about your home schooling as well as your quilting. Some day I hope to take one of your classes when my schedule permits. So many of the blogs I started out with a few years ago have changed so much I no longer follow them. I know everything changes, but not always for the better. Keep doing what makes you the happiest. At the end of the day, that's what is important.

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  15. I love monochromatic! So simple but with all the shades/tones you can have with one color its just lovelyness. Will there be a limit on this class? I will be out of town on the 20th and may not be able to sign up till Wed.

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  16. I never got a chance to comment on your last post, but I wanted to tell you that if you never do anything besides do. good stitches, you will have done more good with your life than most can dream of! Not to mention the online classes, which you know I am such a fan of. I love these napkins and I can't wait to make them. This is one reason I love your classes, I'd not normally spend the time on patchwork napkins, but this "makes" me do it!

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    1. Oops, I was signed in as my hubby above there!

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    2. Thanks, Courtney, for your sweet comment. Those napkins are kind of "over the top" patchwork-wise, but whyevernot, I say? There's not enough excuses for patchwork in the home, right? Can't limit it to quilts and wall hangings =)

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  17. Soooo love your napkins! I have two daughters-in-law that use cloth napkins daily, and I'm excited to make them some like yours. Like so many have said above, I too really enjoy your blog. I appreciate your openness and I'm grateful that you share the creative gifting God has given you.

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  18. Beautiful napkins, what a riot of color, love them!

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  19. The napkins are so pretty! I'm so glad your choices have been re-affirmed by the online community, because what you have created here is so special. It's so important that we do what we do with authenticity, and if we were making choices to please the "they", what would be the point?

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  20. Such pretty napkins - it almost seems rude to sully them with food!

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