Sunday, November 29, 2015

slow stitching/ hand stitching/ Bead fun

I am finishing up the painted fall piece.
 I showed you the painting of it, and showed you the 3-D leaves, and this is a pic of the leaves sewn down, the top is pretty heavily quilted for a small 22" X 27" quilt.
I am putting on a striped binding slightly larger than usual, finishing at 3/4". 
The leaves are standing up nicely and I quite like the rough threadwork on the edges and the veining.
The binding will brighten up the whole caboodle.
Of course I woke up thinking about embellishments though. I am not even done with binding although I did add in the sleeve already. I should wait to do beading and special trims til the binding is done, however....
Can you see the bugle breads, yellow sequins, and gold metallic star sequins?? I played for an hour while having coffee this morning. Pulled out the bead trays, auditioned many possibilities. A few are being called back for a second trial but by tomorrow I should have sewn down the binding by hand, then be well into the hand beading.

The whole thing was never meant to go this far. I painted it on a whim, and thought it wasn't worthy of finishing til my friend Annie said it was. I looked again and thought, maybe it is.

Then I fussed with borders til I got the idea to make scrappy 9-patches and loved them. Some leaves are painted, some raw-edge appliqued, and some are free standing finished on both sides and curling up like real leaves.It's almost all done but the hand work and I wrote a short story to go with it.
Should be ready to post by Monday.
Thanks for looking!! 

24 comments:

  1. Those teasers you posted are beautiful - can't wait to see the whole thing!

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  2. Your pictures are just eye candy. I love them.

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  3. I always enjoy seeing what creative fun you are up to! Even if they are just teasers...lol!

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  4. Love the edges in scrappy look and beading {be still my heart} --I love beads on cloth and haven't done any since I made Mom her beaded Holy Card --your painted piece will be lovely...hugs, Julierose

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  5. Wow, that is incredible. Can't wait to see the whole quilt

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  6. That looks so colorful and fun! Looking forward to seeing your finish!

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  7. It's looking really good! I'm also looking forward to seeing it all together!

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  8. Wow - can't wait to see this in all its sparkly glory!

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  9. Don't you just love getting obsessed with a project? I'm really liking what I see so far. Take it to the limit! I say

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  10. It's beautiful!!!! Great work!

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  11. I'm so glad you finished this. Many lovely details. Very inspiring.

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  12. It really is taking on a life of its own, love the added beads.

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  13. Beautiful! Love the ginkgo leaves.

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  14. It looks amazing already... I am looking forward to see the complete masterpiece! thanks for sharing!!

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  15. Looks great. I love the 3-d leaves. I have that same orange stars and swirl fabric. Mine has been used on a LOT of Halloween quilts. Hopefully it is used up but I bet I still have some somewhere.

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  16. The leaves look great and I love your borders. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished project.

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  17. Oh my gosh, your work on this piece is scrumptious! I'm visiting from Slow Stitching Sunday . . . gonna have to fast forward and see if you posted a finished pic! :)

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