Start of a finish

Trying hard to stick to my resolution–no new projects until I clear up some of the old. And it’s not like I don’t love them. I do. But quilting a full-size quilt takes a lot longer than creating a 16 x 20 piece, so I procrastinate.

This is the project I have decided to finish up.

Don’t recall what I might have called it during assembly, but today it has the name of Harvest Moons.

And since I rarely, if ever, plan out a quilting pattern, it took me a few minutes to figure out what I was going to do.

I am simply following the shapes in the pattern, randomly.

On the orange. Still have to figure out what I’m going to do on the blue, and there are fan-shapes and crescent shapes of both.

It looks good on the back so far, so I’m definitely going to continue the orange fabric like this.

Now that I’ve actually started on the time consuming part of the work, I’m okay with spending all the time necessary to do it right.

So–stick to the resolution! No new projects until at least this older is finished!

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One little bit MORE

What’s a night light picture without a bit of glitter? Had to add a little bit more to that piece and now I think I can let it alone…perhaps!

In the full picture, you can’t even tell I’ve added any gold sparkly thread.

It does sparkle a bit in the light. You can almost tell in the detail shots.

But even if the pictures don’t show that detail, it adds enough to make me happier.

Now I am going to get it out of my house or else I will keep adding more things to it!

Night Lights BRIGHT

Dissatisfaction can make me put up a piece on the shelf or DO something about it. This time I got right after it and added lots of stuff to the unsatisfactory Night Lights piece.

This is the piece as I left it yesterday.

Rather blah and not conveying my idea of bright city lights at night at all.

After looking at the picture for a while, I got a few ideas.

I started adding yarns………

and more yarns and a bit of ribbon. It made the image pop.

I quite like it now. It’s got a bit of character. It will do!

Now on to the next adventure!

Night Lights

That’s the title of that new little sample I worked up for Textiles in Milan. I made blocks to show how to sew and assemble and enough blocks to make a finished sample. This is the second time I’ve tried to make a black and brights sample and I’ve not been thrilled with either one. But it’s almost finished and it will make a good teaching tool.

Arranging the blocks is very arbitrary and size doesn’t always matter.

That’s why I wait before I trim them. I add bits and pieces and trim as needed during assembly!

Remember that with most improv sewing, exact size doesn’t matter until final assembly and when adding those bits and pieces, it’s mostly important to find or make a straight edge and sew a straight seam.

I was more focused on getting it done than I was on the artistic aspects of what I was trying to convey, so I will readily admit that this could be quite a bit more attractive. In fact, I added one more little bit of color after this pic!

Now it’s all quilted and ready for squaring up and binding. I think it’s never too late to add more and this may really need it. I’ll get that finishing done and then decide.

Yeah, not lighting my fire, and just looking at the picture, I’ve got several ideas for improvements. I’d like to get it to the shop tomorrow, but I don’t think that’s gonna happen. Got more work to do…………..

 

Puttering day

Mostly thinking about new projects and which projects should move up or down the priority list.

I have a new commission, using this fabric.

It will be whole cloth, and I’m doing something I don’t usually do…

planning out some of the stitching! Circles and rays, so far. May stick with that, may not.

So I moved on to thoughts of another sample for the class I’m teaching at Textiles Fabric Shop in Milan in January.

Originally going to use solid black and then the blacks with color, but that looked too dead. I made a few blocks and threw them up on the design wall.

I may need a few more of the medium size, or perhaps the addition of the extra fabrics for assembly will be enough. Can’t seem to stick with it today though…maybe I have a tired brain. Tomorrow will certainly be soon enough!

Experiment time

Last summer at Blue Lake the print teacher let us play in her studio one afternoon. I had the idea of combining paper and fabric prints so I made some of both.

It turns out that we were using water soluble ink, so the fabric prints would not be washable. Bummer! Today I decided to try and make them more permanent.

Mat gel medium, rolled out on a plastic sheet (usually pick these up as cutting mats from a dollar store)–one was a very thin layer and the pic shows the thickest layer.

The next step was the hardest–lay the fabric face down and wait for it to dry!

I was a little impatient and pulled the first one, the one with the thinnest layer of medium, while it did still feel a bit damp. Not good!

Pulled the ink off the fabric and left it on the plastic. The other prints came off very nicely, but the gel medium gives them that nice plastic finish that I’m not crazy about.

Next experiment–iron, wrinkle, iron again…some of the wrinkle lines remain, even though the back looks perfectly flat. Not a problem for me, since I will want the texture when I use these.

Now the original question–will this make the inks permanent? No, it does not!

A lot of the color came out with just a quick rinse and the medium got kind of flaky. It laid down smoothly again after another ironing. Also, I used the piece that was not completely coated…again, I’m a mixed texture lover, so none of this is a disaster to me. Simply additional texture.

My last experiment was to lay one of the prints ‘plastic’ side down and get it wet to see what would happen. Aaaand………the ink would have rinsed out if I had done this in a sink. As it was, the ink pooled and moved but remained and the print still has good color. (No pic, sorry.)

I decided that I did not want to bother putting medium on both sides of the prints. That would have made them very, very plastic-y and having it on the right side of the fabric is enough to protect it from casual water drips during or after construction use.

The next step will be to sew with it, but that will have to wait for another day! I love ‘what if’ days!