Saturday, September 9, 2023

Being creative this week: watching paint dry, finishing a quilt, finishing a quilt top, and relearning to knit

yea! the pear quilt is done, binding, and sleeve. 

pattern is old, 

pattern download HERE:

I learned following a pattern has it's place. I work originally usually but while I'm coping with pain a pattern is a blessing. I get to choose fabrics and quilting designs etc.

a mix of walking foot, and free motion
I learned that subtle colors are still colorful. I used little yellow scraps and they look so pretty...

her method for the checkerboard border is not as easy as the one I used, but they finish at 1" squares. This little quilt is very straight, but my digital photo ability is lacking to keep the photos straight! 

I hung it up but it's too small for this wall and need a mid sized hanging rod

in painting news:
I only tried two lessons on my painting workshop this week. I thought about doing 2 more and I suppose I still might, I have two more days... This is another Tam LaPorte lesson, the butterfly. 

I add in my own little extras. She encourages wild use of color.

and I tried flowers a new way, on 7" square paper...

I love the bits of copper paint, the light catches it and sparkles!

I finished the hand sewing of my tumbling block quilt, meaning it's time to quilt this one:

it was just a scrappy project for hand work while watching TV, and it grew...I think I learned about color and value as I sewed. 

Knitting again... found my supplies for socks, and started a new pair for DH

the color of the month at RSC is aqua/turquoise and we're encouraged to use our scraps in a project

I pulled out the smallest scraps since I didn't have a project in mind...and made some improv geese one day while listening to a book on audio:

just playing around with design

that's it for this week... otherwise I used my creativity to write Thursday's "I Like" post, cook, bake, and today I hope to start decorating the mantel for Halloween to extend the fun of the season. 

linking with

linking with

design wall Mondays at smallquiltsanddollquilts 

finished or not

off the wall Fridays


Melva said...

What an array of projects this week. :) I'd love it if you would consider joining the Sew & Tell party at my blog, MelvaLovesScraps

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I love the pear quilt - so sweet! The checkerboard border is such a fun frame for the pears. So glad to see your finish!

Sara said...

What eye candy you have this week!! Love that little pear quilt. And the butterfly and flower paintings are wonderful. My little painting you sent is framed and on my desk where I can enjoy it every day.

The Joyful Quilter said...

ALL of your projects are AWESOME this week, LeeAnna!!! Did you say those pears are traditionally pieced? I would love to make a green version.

Joanne said...

Pearfect !
I really appreciate all you share !

PaintedThread said...

I love those pears!

Helen said...

The pear quilt is fantastic! I'm not usually a a big fan of yellow, but these yellows are perfect together.
The butterfly is really good. I like your extra dots and doodles. And, the daisies and dragonfly are just beautiful. So painterly and pleasing. Good job!

Basil and The B Team ~ BionicBasil ® said...

We love your quilts, they are just meautiful!

Susie H said...

Your pears quilt is gorgeous. I love the subtle colors too -- true to life! Socks are my favorite to knit. Nice to see someone else knitting them too. Of course your paintings are beautiful too. Dragonflies steal my heart and that close-up of one on the flower is breathtaking. Hope the pain continues to be managed (even if only somewhat) with creativity!

MissPat said...

I didn't realize the pear quilt was so small. It's adorable and the checkerboard border is a perfect finish. Of course, I love the butterfly painting and all your flower portraits.

Sandy said...

So many projects. LOVE the pear quilt, very pretty. Congrats on getting it finished. The Butterfly painting makes me smile. I love seeing anything butterflyish. You must be on project overtime with so many interesting things going on.
Traveling Suitcase

The Cozy Quilter said...

What a fun pear quilt! Your paintings are wonderful too. Love those wonky geese too. Have a great week

Kathleen said...

Love the pear quilt and that butterfly is gorgeous! I think the teal flying geese will turn into another fabulous project.

Frédérique - Quilting Patchwork Appliqué said...

Your week was very art productive, as usually! Love this cute pear mini quilt, and the border is pretty. Small squares! Painting, quilting, knitting, boy, such a busy week! All of your projects are beautiful, and colorful. Fun little flying geese too ;)
Thank you for sharing your creative path, and linking up.

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Such beautiful work on your quilting and your painting. You always have lovely things to share. The Pear Quilt is so pretty, and the butterfly painting is gorgeous.

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Gosh so many lovely projects this week! That pear quilt is so pretty! Love the fabrics you chose for it. Your hexie quilt top is stunning! Hopefully quilting it won't be a strain on you as I can't wait to see the finish! Love those adorable improv geese. Thanks for sharing on my weekly show and tell, Wednesday Wait Loss.

Gillena Cox said...

Wow!!!! Luv your fabric art and watercolours
Happy Friday


My name is Erika. said...

It's always fun to see all your creative pieces of your week. LeeAnna. Your pear quilt looks amazing. It's perfect for this season too. And your tumbling block quiz looks like it would be difficult to make, but maybe not as it's the illusion that it creates for the viewer that makes it look tough. I hope you've had a great week and have a great weekend also. hugs-Erika

Vivian said...

Such pretty Pears, I love Fig Tree patterns and her fabrics! Hand piecing Tumbling Blocks, whew! But it IS gorgeous. Will you hand quilt it too? One of these days I WILL learn to knit socks, have had the yarn and needles for years but quilts (and now cross stitch) are always calling... Look forward to seeing where your improv geese fly to.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

You had me at Watching Paint dry haha!!!
Your little pear quilt is adorable!!