Thursday, March 31, 2016
Then I started to not enjoy doing them for the challenge so I finished them up with a couple more colors, green and Rust, to go with purple, blue and brown.
At least it is the look I was going for while using scraps instead of blended fabrics, and making them much larger than the pattern said.
That resulted in having less blocks come out of each strata.
And I constructed them differently as well, placing the blocks right sides together sewing diagonally then cutting apart into the mirror image HST blocks.
Anyway.. they weren't looking like I thought, so I just finished them into a lap quilt size 45 X 62 ish.
The quilt is in two halves now: blocks sewn together into two halves of a quilt ready for quilting in sections.
I might add a border, not sure... kind of want it finished.
I think I might donate this quilt but want it to go to just the right person who needs it...
I also finished my beaded bracelet...
It is very interesting and wearable and I've actually worn it twice... so that's a good thing.
And believe it or not, I have beads left over.
oh Scrap Sundays
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
|Are you lookin' at ME?? I got my eye on the red gator|
We are into stockpiling them now ordering from Amazon.
They have their own box.
For a lark, we offered him two one evening... a white one and a red one. He looked them both over and chose the red one. The next night we offered a green one and a white one, he chose the white one. The next night a red and green when he chose the red.
This is the official standing...
(especially good with duck sauce)
Cole here with an important story:
So last night I had just settled down with a magical red whimsy.
All of a sudden the Talky-talk (TV) was turned off and my peeps headed to bed.
What!? I just got started !!
They took it upstairs and gave it to me up there.
I don't chew these upstairs. Bed time has it's own rituals. I get a pile of trail mix when I go to bed... (that's kibble, cookies, glucosamine treat mixed) not a whimsy. Right away I'm under stress... what to do what to do? I paced around while momma showered. I kept looking at the whimsy just laying there in all of it's perfectness. I laid down and had my trail mix, keeping an eye on the whimsy but not having it.
He complained but I was just taking care of business. One doesn't want them to remember I had it today, because they might get it in their heads not to give me one tonight too.
When they are SUPPOSED to.
LeeAnna here... we are not lucky enough to have endorsements from dog suppliers. We just buy the dang treats and Cole decides whether or not to eat them. No poodles were harmed in this reenactment.( More poodle stories under the labels, poodle puppy ponderings, Cole's commandments, and walks with poodle)
Eat 'em if you've got 'em !
linking to create-with-joy. and blogpaws
and Cole was featured at this weeks party rascalandrocco.com/pet-parade-
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Quilted the whole thing with metallic threads to suit the sheen of the silk.
(sulky halogram lime green, and gold YLI threads)
To me, as a painter, these are mixed media art work suitable for a shadow box frame. The benefit of being made from fiber is they can also be placed on a tabletop easel, or pinned to a cubical wall.
There is a blending of the craft of making quilts and bead work, with the art of drawing, painting in these.
Look at that little lizard climbing up the seaweed !
1.continuation of seaweed line with the line of metallic threads
2. repetition of curved line in piecing, in applique, in quilting, and in beaded seaweed on the right.
Binding is copper tissue lame'
I teach you how to do this easily despite fragility of fraying fabric, in my binding 12 ways workshop.
All done on machine as well.
3.Shading inside the feathers was done with a grayish-purple prismapencil.
4. Beads hand applied thru top and batting, to repeat curved lines.
5. Applique done without fusible to allow for organic fraying, which adds to texture and color. The pink applique strip frays green, as the warp thread is green in this pink dupioni silk.
I am a representational artist... I like to interpret what I see and feel. Abstraction is not easy for me so I am doing a lot of it these days. I marry it with my mental images though, so that I can enjoy doing it.
I believe abstractions teach us a lot about art.
They are kind of a Rorschach Test. How do you put yourself into an abstract? What do you see in them?
The fact that each person will see something different in abstracts is important. That leads to involvement. Participation instead of being told what to see. In the beginning, I saw a flamingo in the pink abstract lines you saw in my second photo so that became my focus.
That's because I love flamingos... but from a distance a viewer can't really see my quilting and beading on this piece. They will make up their own minds until they look closely.
My husband saw this design wall one evening...
One never knows...
I am often inspired by a flamingo and have finished at least 25 flamingo quilts in my career. I should share some of those quilts here one day.
I did a flamingo series on journal quilts sent to Houston Quilt Festival one year, and show those in my lectures. From large to small I love the colors and lines of this bird.
This post is a fanciful story about two flamingos: flamingo-love-story
enjoy a flamingo? this video is hilarious.... confused confab
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Last summer I played with Tee Juice markers and made lots of 6 inch impressionist type paintings on fabric.
I have made numerous items with them, and this is the latest.
I used a variety of threads, and just played with them, seeing how the lines looked with different thicknesses and colors.
That was fun in itself!
I'll do more of that. See Xs and knots, and straight stitch and daisies. I learned I prefer thick threads for a bold look.
When it came time to make it into something, I pulled out my improv mind, and started adding strips of scraps.
The quilting is done with a some free motion, some walking foot echo lines, and my very favorite program stitch...
You can see the Tee juice marker circles painted in this shot. I had about four colors, and dotted the fabric watching colors blend and move. I started with yellow, and added the others to see how they changed when overlapped.
You can't plan that kind of thing.
The binding was done by machine, brought to the front and then two lines of machine stitching on top with YLI gold metallic thread.
The whole piece is a bit larger than my IPAD older version.
So I plan to make it into a carrier for that. Don't know how I want to do it yet, but I know it will make me smile to see it each time.
Just make stuff, you never know where it will end up!
Friday, March 25, 2016
check out other people's purple blocks at http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/
And the three sofas...have a seat!
Thursday, March 24, 2016
It's been finished a while now, but I am just now showing it as my bee tried the techniques this week and I got this one out again.
Ricky has a reputation for cutting freehand but this technique is very exacting. It takes thought, drafting a pattern yourself, being very careful with color choice, cutting and sewing. Take very good care not to over handle the pieces as they are all bias edged. Take more care on laying them out on the design wall as they are easy to mix up. I did not fuss with angles I just enjoyed what showed up after cutting the mirror images.
For the border quilting, I sketched out ribbons with poinsettias and holly leaves/berries on this scrap of paper.
At the bee, I hung this up with the table runner made from the numerous scraps left from fussy cutting the segments. There is significant waste using this pattern. It is not hanging on it's sleeve so it looks wonky here, but it's just pinned badly on our wall.
Happy Christmas in March!
linking to among others...sewcanshe
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
|I'm an Angel, see my halo??|
Today I wanted to talk about training a pawrent to play games.
I am currently working with my Momma on my version of "Hide and Seek".
I do not enjoy the regular game, as I have a bit of separation anxiety ( and I'm not on the couch at the moment to analyze so we'll just let that go by heh heh)
I'm talking about my game-invention...... Hide the Squeaker.
I got Daddy to order replacement squeakers for my favorite toys that somehow got broken.
Then I trained Momma to pull out the old ones, put in new loud squeakers, sew the toy back up and put it in my toy box for me to "find"
What fun it is to "seek" the new squeaker, pull them out thru the holes I make, and break them! I leave them laying by the toy so the Momma can find them and do it all again!
OMDOG! There's hardly enough to stitch back! But they don't make these now, and he loves a furry fleece ball., What to do!!!
Momma is hard to train, and definitely surly about it. She has thumbs so she can get her own treats so I don't know how to reward her for the tricks... isn't it enough that I am happy again, for a moment, and that she gets to listen to the squeakers being VERY LOUD??
It sure makes me happy!
|No I don't want the newer ball there|
Monday, March 21, 2016
|"Whole lotta shakin' goin' on by Dreme Eckley|
Each one of them had a surprise. Beads, buttons, embroidery.
I took many quilt pictures but mainly want to discuss some lessons learned while looking at quilts...
|Red Chairs by Mary Ann Van Soest|
Makes me wonder if I should draw out the composition on my quilts before making them more often than I do. Then try cropped versions to see if I like them better. To me, my opinion only, cropping these chairs is more interesting than seeing so much sky. The cropped scene is intimate, and the cut off chair tells a story.
Look at this one...
|Life by Yoshiko Katagiri|
A lesson in "vision". The maker had Discipline and vision. while appliqueing quarter inch up to about 1" circles round and round, and round in a spiral.
|Teri Tope's Some Intensions (AKA Ten)|
No fancy fabrics no fancy threads, just one line next to another creating a textured portrait. Doesn't take expensive fabric or tools to make, just talent and vision and perseverance.
This one seemed so full of fabrics and depth
from a distance it appears the mane is composed of many pieces of fabric however on closer look
I really really liked the following quilt, The Gift and the givers by Betty Kalizak.
The lesson was in inspiration. She was inspired by a book illustration. You never know what will inspire you to create so keep your eyes open!
Cats Game by Donna DeFusco
The detail of a tail, hanging under the quilt, reminded me that humor is as important as any other characteristic. Have fun, do not lose your send of fun while pursuing your art.
|who are those attractive people in the mirror??|
More about the show itself next post, but on to the important stuff... I managed to buy a few items.
On to another store where the batiks were also on special for $5.99 yd.
|The whole kit and kaboodle|
Pictures of quilts can be seen HERE!
I enjoyed seeing the quilts, but the shopping is the most fun event of the show.