Still “building”

The Building Series continues with the quilting on the next set.

They are all the same size–I just didn’t size the pictures all the same! Anyhow, I kept the quilting very simple to go with the straight lines and a feel for buildings.

Not sure how I’m going to finish and mount either set in this series. Usually that’s a no-brainer to paint a canvas and make each piece a separate artwork. These may work better if presented as a single piece with four parts. Have to play around with this a bit, but there is a deadline and that helps me to focus and make decisions! And my brain just says hmmmmmmmm…….

Ahead of myself…

I published two posts on the same day, and it’s not because I’m doing so much or have that much to show you. It’s just that I didn’t pay attention to the dates on the scheduler. I knew I’d miss a day or two while I painted the bathroom and did some yard work, so I thought I’d be smart and space things out…does not work if you don’t pay attention to details!

Last night I could not stand it any more! I haven’t done any sewing or quilting to speak of for quite a while, so I headed down to the studio to do something–anything–with thread and needle or machine! I’ve been making things with the same pile of scraps for so long that I couldn’t face them anymore, but I had a small piece all set to be quilted, so that’s what I did!

I felt like I was learning how to quilt all over again, so I stuck with what was easiest. All over spirals and spiral squares make me feel very comfortable. I can almost do them in my sleep.

I used a new variegated thread, since there was already every color under the sun in the top, and my favorite lime green in the bobbin. Of course my hubby always likes the back of a quilt when you can see the quilting very clearly!

So simple and yet so satisfying when you are hungry for a bit of sewing! I’m not sure, yet, but I may hang onto this one unfinished. There is a possibility that it could grow into something larger, since I have that huge pile of scraps that I would like to use up. The sad truth is that the scrap piles continue to grow and I’m just trying to fool myself into believing that I will ever in my lifetime use them all up!!! I guess the fun is in the trying, though, isn’t it?

Working in a series, continued

Working in a series is sometimes an unconscious decision. We don’t realize that we are creating a theme or exploring an idea until we are well into the project and suddenly realize it. We can also set a theme, or choose a color or shape or size to explore. My Knot Even Quilters group decided to explore a theme of Buildings, and have 3 or 4 pieces each to enter into a show.

I already had a start on this project with these pieces from a workshop.

I finished the quilting on them yesterday, and it was not one of those agonizing sessions of trying to decide what to quilt. I knew from the start that I wanted simple thread sketching shapes.

In my head, they are a complete series, and flow in a natural order.

Building: Idea

Building: Plans

Building: Parts

Building: Built

These are not mounted or edge finished yet. That seems to be where the angst of indecision is on these!

I have another series created on this same theme, for the same challenge. Totally different color scheme and much more linear shapes. Plan is for thread sketching again, but they are not done–I can’t figure out the best thread color. I’ll show you when I get ’em done, of course!

Series are fun on a small scale like this. It’s also interesting to look over your own work and realize that you have made pieces to a theme over the years and not even realized it! Aaaah….the ideas that emerge from our subconscious…I’m thinking my weirdness will keep me from ever running out of ideas from the unconscious!!!

 

 

Moment in history…

In the history of the world, this is nothing. In the history of my sewing career, this is momentous!!!

A totally clear cutting table, ready for action.

I don’t know yet what that action will be, but I AM READY!!!

Last pics of the cross quilt until it’s completely done, I promise. I used almost all of the blocks I received–143 to be exact. I only counted because I know someone will ask! There were 5 that I didn’t use on the front, so they will be part of a large label on the back.

I have them basted down and they will be quilted as I quilt the whole top, and if I get any more late additions, they will be added the same way.

The top is basted–I use spray basting–and marked.

Are you wondering why you can’t see the marks? It’s because the only ‘marking’ needed are the lines of blue painter’s tape that are crossing the top. Even though I will be washing this quilt because I always wash out spray basted quilts, I don’t like to mark with anything else. So whenever I can start with tape to mark straight lines, that’s what I do. I can continue to space out my lines with the tape, which comes in lots of widths. Or I can space lines with my presser foot, or the quilting guide bar that comes with most machines. I can also use the lines I quilt to mark out areas that will be filled with free motion ‘anything-I-want’ designs. Oh, I suppose I could simply outline the squares of the quilt, but that would be very uneven on this one and kinda boring!

Yep, the quilt is ready, but I am not ready to do the quilting yet! There is time (I think!).

I have ideas to explore that began with a class with Mary Hogan and continued with my Wacky Quilters group–working in a series. I have two sets of blocks that are distinct sets and yet both are exploring the idea of buildings.

In my mind, these really continue my City Grids ideas and I’m eager to work more on them.

I also have to finalize what our Blue Lake project will be this year,  AND make some samples. My class at QU could use some additional examples of what can be done with simple embellishment, too. It’s hard when you have to pick only one picture for a class sample, and there is so much more you can/will be showing!

Lots of projects from which to choose and my UFO pile continues to grow. I’ve always said that I will never run out of things to do, but it’s not a good thing to have so many projects that you never finish anything! I believe that’s a good goal for the rest of the summer—finish, finish, finish!

 

Back on track

Hopefully I have all the tech issues under control for a while and I can get back to sewing and posting!

Got a day’s worth of dying rinsed out, ready to press.

And after a while, all nice and neat and pressed–ready to use!

Today I got back to constuction of the Cross Quilt for the guild. The first half is almost assembled.

 

And the second half is….not…

Improv construction involves a lot of trimming and adding and quite often on a large quilt, partial seams.

It’s also a slow process, but I totally enjoy every moment of it. I’m still in love with this quilt and I’m eager to get it completed and ready for quilting. This is my top project at the moment.

Next week will be devoted to stamp making, so I hope to have this done before that. So many areas to explore. Textile art is infinite in possibilities and I will never, ever run out of things to try!

Slow sewing period

There has not been much sewing going on around here. I got a panel done for quilt as you go with my friend’s strips. Only 8 or so more for a full quilt…but it’s a project that only gets worked on when I have a bit of extra time…or can’t seem to get started on something new!

I’m taking a class so I had to get ready for that. I’m always so indecisive for that because no matter what I bring, it’s never what I want to work with when I get there!!! And next week I’m teaching in Kokomo, so there is some prep work to be done there.  Normal grandson night tomorrow night and soccer Saturday morning. Unfortunately, I’ll miss the soccer because it’s Quilt Guild Day AND a bridal shower. Doctor appt. rounded out the week and I’m looking forward to the long ride to Kokomo just for the time to do nothing!

Had some carpet inspiration last week. Looking forward to doing some stamping that might look a bit like this.

And TODAY–woo hoo–I had my KEQ group meeting. We brought our pie challenge pieces and it turned out pretty darn good!

Hope my phone camera skills get better–this is just a bit fuzzy. Mary Lee didn’t make it to the last meeting so she brought her weaving piece this time, along with a quilt she did with reverse applique circles.

And big news–both Trish and Julia won ribbons at the Sauder Quilt Show! Lots of ribbons! We are so proud of them…but I forgot about pictures until the quilts were back out in the car.  They do beautiful work.

Next meeting we will be making stamps. I’ve been wanting to do this for quite a while and just have not made the time for it. It’s long past time and I’m so glad the group is helping me out with time dedicated to stamp making! Hooray!