My grandmother was probably ecstatic when her mother bought a treadle machine back in rural Alabama.
They were poor... poor enough that they picked cotton as work. She introduced me to quilt making and sewing on that same machine and I was in love from about age 6 with fabric and sewing.
Today I am showing you made by hand like granny worked... and by machine but most of my quilting takes time because I dither over design decisions.
She has joined the two other recent painted goddesses to protect the muse!
Basically I start with something stenciled or painted, and look for a way to see a guardian in it. She is quilted of course and embellished with appliques rhinestones and flower beads
|holding either a paintbrush or pen... you decide|
Another project taking time this week was the runner I finished last week but decided to surround the binding with tiny iridescent white beads
the pic is kind of dark as it's already hanging in studio two but the beads are beautiful around the binding.
Since the color of the month at rainbow scrap challenge is purple, I got out the scrap bin of purple and looked for some leftover blocks to start an abstract.
and found these I meant to become a field of flowers. I started moving them around and adding bits of oddly shaped greens for leaves, and blue for skies and some of them started to look like a mountain to me...purple mountain majesty
these blocks went on the wall for later as I concentrated on the mountain emerging in the other piece
ahhh with tall grass pieces I can see this as a field of crocus.
green compliments purple, blue is next to it on the color spectrum... yessss this is going to engage my creative side this month!
I found these two painted bits I might use somewhere soon... just waiting patiently in the "container of painted things"
|metallic greens and blues thru a stencil from an art supply store|
I know at the time I just kept painting on a long fabric scrap thinking I'd cut it up to use. Now I'm not so sure... I kind of think it looks like a scroll, and I like unusual orientations...
It feels good to have projects going. I am doing some final long seam joining the tumbling blocks so I hope to have the top together this coming week. I'll miss that one so I might have to continue with another one in the series.
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