I have been trying very hard to get the palm frond piece finished. It has been sitting around, accusing me of neglect for far too long. I pushed through last week to get the beading done, except for a few close to the edge. The last day doing that was a very long day!
The border is added now, the backing is on, the quilting to hold the layers together is done. I added the binding this morning and finished adding those last few beads close to the edge. I think it’s done, done, done!!!
Here’s one more detail shot and then I’m ready to move on!
It weighs a ton, by the way. I’d like to get it displayed at the gallery, I think. It’s the type of piece that will fit a certain style of decorating…maybe more appropriate to a place that actually HAS palm trees! No idea what I’d charge for it, right now, but it would be wonderful if someone fell in love with it and just had to have it! Yes, I’m a dreamer, but not a good marketer!
It’s moving on towards the end of the year and I’m trying to move on to more and more finishes. I have several things that just need a backing, or mounting on canvas or an edge finish, sleeve or labels. Getting those detail chores done and out of the way will make me feel like the new year is coming with a huge new attitude! Stay tuned for more finishes!
We are a sports loving family, especially hockey and football. Thanksgiving always includes the Lions’ football game, at least for as long as I can remember. We don’t actually GO to the game…that might interfere with the after dinner food coma napping! This year my grandson came well-prepared!
Ready to go, right down to the socks!
Friday was hockey. Red Wings on TV and Mr. AJ in the backyard.
The football helmet came in handy there, too.
It’s kind of hard to see when the helmet falls down over your eyes!
And still smiling after a long, hard game!
The weekend also includes college hockey (Mom and Nanna went to that game!) and college football (Dad and Mom, in a sea of humanity!) while we play more hockey in the backyard. We’re trying to get Uncle Greg and Aunt Casey to play some hockey with us, but they keep resisting!
It’s so much fun to have family around, but Poppa and Nanna are planning on a long day of nothing to round out the weekend on Sunday! Even the studio should be resting that day, ’cause Nanna may be all tuckered out!
Thanksgiving day and there will be no time for sewing today. I’m in the midst of cooking and visiting with the family and eating and having a great day. Of course, rather than cleaning and baking ahead of time, I bought some pies and ran a quick vacuum around the center of the living room! I spent time working on beading projects this week instead…and I don’t even feel guilty about it!
I’m making progress on this little piece. I thought it was going to be a simple little two color piece, but it’s taking more work than many larger pieces I’ve made. It needed work. Thanks to suggestions in my comments, I’ve added some more hand stitching and now I’m adding some dark beads.
It looks better than it did. Much more interesting. I have more to do and I may never be satisfied with this one, but at least I’m liking it better now than a few days ago.
If I do happen to get a bit of free time, this is what I’ll be picking up and working on. Fun and frustrating at the same time, not knowing where I’m going to end up!
Linking up to Off the Wall Friday!
Usually when I am unable to decide on the next step in the design process I can take a picture and check out the project. The camera puts a distance between you and your piece that gives a different perspective. Often that makes ‘what’s next’ very obvious. Occasionally it makes you see mistakes or opens your eyes to bunches of new ideas.
I was hoping for any of the above when I took the picture of this project. It needs something, but I’m not sure what.
I thought maybe a few rows of those smaller beads (like the ones around the small square), down along the curvy turquoise strips. I laid them on there loose, but it didn’t really do anything for me.
Maybe just a bit more hand stitching? Or a lot more hand stitching?
It’s soooooooo almost there!
Yesterday was a marathon of sorts for me. I decided that I was very close to finishing the beading on my palm frond project and that I was going to GET IT DONE! It was a slow and steady kind of race as I also watched football and hockey on TV, had dinner, took a walk…that kind of stuff.
Here’s where I started…
And here’s what the finished beading looks like:
I have a plan to add a border of bright colored fabric and perhaps some beaded fringe. Not too sure of that…it may be better to have all the beads contained within the border.
Technical considerations–the main part is firm, with my favorite Sew Lazy Stiff Stuff interfacing. The border won’t need the extra support of the interfacing, but probaby will sag with the weight of the piece without it. So I have to figure out how best to securely attach it and quilt it. Since I didn’t figure out that I would be adding this border before I started, there was no plan in place. I’ll be winging it, but that’s how I usually work!!
What’s life without a challenge?
The Knot Even Quilters met today for a fun little exercise. Our project for ourselves was to use fused bright colors, cut in geometric shapes, on a black background. We always try to get by with as few rules as possible and this works quite well for us.
We had the largest group today that we have had in a while and that made it so much fun. I think everyone just liked the idea of this project.
Step one was to lay out our background fabric, which was a half-yard of plain black cotton. Then we gathered around the table and each of us started adding our pieces. No one hesitated very much either…just jumped right in! Rotate–add more–rotate–assess–add/subtract–rotate–assess–fuse!!!!
It took very little time and since there were so many of us we decided to do another one. You gotta know that we are quilters, so no one was really short of fabric! Same procedure but we had learned from the first piece that it’s a whole lot easier to add some large pieces first, NOT after a bunch of little pieces are on and need to be moved!
The pieces are very similar, yet completely different.
We divided the large pieces up into chunks so that everyone took one home. If you look closely you can see where each of the smaller chunks came from. We could have cut in a different manner, or into smaller pieces and each taken two, but we decided that large chunks would give us more finishing options…and we DO want to have everyone finish these by our January meeting. Can’t wait!
We liked it so much that we are going to do it again…with some variations, of course. Hope that turns out as well as this one!
Linking to Off the Wall Friday.
This past weekend was a workshop weekend for our quilt guild. We get to have these every other month and we get some fantastic teachers. November was for Gyleen Fitzgerald from Colourful Stitches. Her Friday class was all about making pineapple quilts from scraps, using her ruler. Students loved this class and said that, while it could be done without the ruler, it was so much easier and more accurate with the ruler. It’s nice to get recommendations from actual people using the actual tool!
Saturday’s lecture was all about color and not in the traditional color wheel format. I consider myself pretty good with color and I got a lot from her lecture! Especially regarding a working method and even a philosophy of design with color in mind.
This was the Sunday class, which I wasn’t able to take, though I really wanted to! I’m glad she had a pattern, even though I never use patterns anymore! The method and the instructions will be incorporated into my style of working. I had to pick up the guild stuff at the end of the day and got to see most of the student work–though of course I didn’t have my camera. Every student, no matter what fabric they used, produced a little quilt that was stunning! No kidding! Hand dyes, vintage fabric, wild prints–they were all different and gorgeous.
It’s not often that I can recommend a teacher so highly, but everything about Gyleen Fitzgerald was commendable. She was booked as a more “traditional” style of teacher, but has so much to offer for art quilts and modern quilters. It was a really good weekend for the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild!