Pieces of Spring

I began work on the jacket over the weekend, laying pieces of cotton and linen fabric over a foundation of fine soft quilter’s calico. I’m aiming for the colours of very early spring, as in this quick sketch:

oil pastel with watercolour wash, 5" x 7"

The back and front of the jacket are all in one piece, with no shoulder seam, and the sleeves are rectangles with a slight angle cut off each edge to give a very small amount of shaping.

The foundation piecing is now more or less done and the fabrics are mostly tacked in place, and for now I’m enjoying the colours and the texture of the fabrics. In last year’s fabric swap, Arlee sent me a fragment of pieced patchwork that turned out to be perfect for the back:

Our sky today has been all of these colours.

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12 Responses to Pieces of Spring

  1. elizabeth says:

    Love the watercolour. It feels so strange that you are already busy with spring I still have a little bit of snow around and very stormy weather. Not at all a spring reminder.

    • Karen Turner says:

      Well, the seasons and the weather don’t always match up… it’s been quite stormy here too, but the snowdrops are flowering, the ewes are lambing, and the birds are starting to build nests – all signs that Spring has indeed sprung, despite the continuing cold 🙂

  2. Is this a jacket as in “to wear” or “cover of book”? if jacket, where do you get your pattern from. Sounds very excitingx lovely coloursxxlynda

  3. Jill says:

    wonder-full – i love the jacket cloths with their watercolour feel and look .. gorgeous work

  4. mb says:

    I love your color palette and the soft spring sound of this project

  5. Gina says:

    Such beautiful soft colours. I can’t wait to see the result.

  6. Maggi says:

    The colours are so soft and I can really believe that spring is just around the corner, as long as the winds don’t blow it off course.

  7. karen says:

    quick sketch?? it’s a work of art!! I love it.

  8. Deborah says:

    Beautiful colors. Spring still seems pretty far away here.

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