Friday, March 23, 2018

The Quilted Heart

I am slowly unpacking some boxes in the studio... and can you believe it??!!
I already have four new projects going at once, and the studio is not truly set up.

That's so me

The thing is, I listen to the muse, and just flit from project to project following the excitement.
I do finish projects too. I like all aspects, the start, the process, and the finish.

I am hampered by not finding my insert for the sewing table, and my machine tray was broken in the move, but I am persevering and this week quilted the V-day quilt background.
While listening to this book...
I love this series, about a group of older women who are the vigilante's. They take up "lost" causes in helping people right the wrongs of life.



I admit to milling around one afternoon in the studio just to hear the end of a disc!





Before even starting on quilting, I did an envelop turn, so I can put a row of beads along the outside of the edge later.
I don't know where my threads are, but I found a box of rayon so I used the red to free motion quilt some spirals and vines/leaves inside the heart. Not too much, I wanted some puff left to the piece. Matching the thread color made it subtle.
Not catching the embroidery in the foot made it a challenge.
Can you see, barely, that I also used the red rayon in the bobbin while I did the free motion on the heart?

Switching to the walking foot, I used the red rayon thread to go around the outside twice, again still subtle against the busy floral background, but I know it's there and it will echo the red beads.
I echo quilted around the heart, in white cotton thread, and on one side, sent radiating lines out to the edge.
I toyed with the idea of marking it, but, really... I just wanted to sew not be perfectly even or straight.

The observer's eye wants it to be even, and will see it as even, so I just relied on experience and muscle memory and it looks great! Just like I wanted it to! And the process was enjoyable.
I forgot to say, I blocked it too. After the embroidery and quilting, one side was slightly off kilter, so I laid it on the cutting table, spritzed the edges with water, mushed it into place and let it dry like that.

I am an art quilter, but I still care about construction, and a wonky quilt is distracting.

Strive for excellence not perfection, and express yourself in your art. This quilt will change yet again, when I add the beaded binding, and the embellishments. Then the sleeve, already made, and it will be done. Done is good.
Meanwhile, yesterday, after I finished this part, I worked on some abstracts, on the watercolor, and experimented with a dresden plate tool I got in a magazine. I lost track of time and almost missed Project Runway!

linking to
off the wall Fridays 
http://busyhandsquilts.blogspot.com/
can I get a whoop whoop Fridays  
 Free motion by the River Tuesdays   
https://stitchallthethings.com/ to do Tuesday 



16 comments:

  1. Hi LeeAnna,
    Wonderful finish and I'm glad to hear you are ambling around in your studio. This is definitely something that could hang all year as a bright spot anywhere you choose to hang it. I don't know what an envelope turn is but it is nice and clean and crisp. The beads will look cool on this project but not as cool as your quilting. I love it! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  2. I'm so happy to hear you are creating again! It warms my heart (pun intended) that Valentine's Day is so special to you.

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  3. Such a beautiful result of your time in your happy place! Lovely stitching and it will be a happy reminder of the start of your new life. xx Karen

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  4. I really like the result. The quilting, the embroidery and the idea of beads on the edge - all beautiful.

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  5. LOVE the heart. It was lovely of you to call and I enjoyed the phone visit very much. I am playing this week, then have another drapery job to start/finish. Hugs, sharon

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  6. Thanks for sharing so many details of your quilting design. It's a treat to see how you work. Your envelope for beading is a fabulous idea.
    Have you joined the Colorado Quilt Council yet? They combine all the area guilds and meet around the state. I remember they had wonderful exhibits at the state capitol.

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  7. Where do I begin? The detail is exquisite and I can't wait to see this lovely piece with the beads. You sound so much happier now that you are creating again. Enjoy!

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  8. I love the asymmetrical nature of the parallel lines on one side and the radiating lines on the other ... fabulous!

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  9. very beautiful work :) i like your good idea ,Thanks for the inspiration!

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  10. LOL. I just re-discovered Fern Michael's Sisterhood series, and have been reading voraciously. It calms me too. Pure fluff, but what I need in mt life right now.
    Pat F in Winnipeg

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  11. Be sure to put a label on the back with your name and date on it. Even small quilts need to be labeled.

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  12. Your heart quilt is simply beautiful! I'm sorry the machine tray was broken during your move, and I hope you've found the insert by now... Or at least you find it soon!

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  13. Beautiful work, it is so good to see you become so immersed in art again.

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