Snow Day

Now that I’m retired from my job-that-pays-the-bills, I can declare a snow day whenever I wish. It’s snowing today, so that was a no-brainer for me. I didn’t even go to the gym this morning and that’s not a habit I want to continue!

It was so decadent to sit around and drink coffee, catch up with emails, take a late shower and then decide if I even wanted to do anything at all! But projects were calling to me, of course, so I headed to the studio to work on them.

Baby Golfer is done except for the label and sleeve. And I am so very happy with it. I think the new owner will be also.

I will be so sad when I use the last of this yarn, though. It is the perfect combo for many of the pieces that I do.

It was one of the remnants that I got from someone, at some time, and I have no idea of it’s origins so there is no hope of finding more. I don’t think it was some that I dyed, but it could be! I may try that when I use this up, though.

I continued on the piece I started during the hockey weekend. I have fused scraps of organdy that I want to use up. They have been sitting around for quite a long time and they need to be gone! So……………

Grasslands. This part is smaller than I want the piece to be, and I have more scraps of these fabrics so I’m toying with the idea of building up a medallion style piece. Might be too busy, though, and one like this one might work better, if I find the right background fabric.

But I still had a ton of the organdy left so I picked out all the green and put it on a purple–yes, purple!–organdy background.

This will be a second piece in a Grasslands series. I have no idea of the next step on this one yet, though. Stitching will be a major part of it, but it could get some cutting done, too. It probably needs some of the same fabric scraps as the first one.

Creating is always so much fun! I have unsewn samples from pattern making experiments, too, that I’d like to get finished. Aaaaaaand I am taking a class at quilt guild this weekend. Lots of good times ahead and it all started with my snow day.

More couching

This is how I usually do my couching–with cotton yarn around the edges of pieces. It’s kind of my standard and my standard size is 12 x 12.

I was totally surprised when I went to my stash of canvases(?) and I did not have a single 12 x 12 in the box! I ALWAYS have that size on hand. Soooo, I guess I’ll have to head to the store. And I will not be a bit surprised if I purchase another item or two while I’m there. HA!

Free motion couching

I love my Bernina and will be sad when I finally wear it out, but it’s still got lots of good years in it (where’s that ‘fingers crossed emoji when you need it?). One of the best ideas they had for a foot is a free motion couching foot. I love regular couching and regular free motion quilting, so I expected to be in heaven when this foot came out years ago.

Well, it never quite worked the way I expected it to. Of course, my expectations were not necessarily in line with the manufacturer’s product. And I’m not sure that I’ve ever used a material that was perfect for it either. That never stops me from playing, though, and that’s what I did today.

Yarn is a bit too loosely woven to be couched with this straight stitch, but I actually sewed very slowly with it and it worked fairly well. Perhaps that’s my lesson for the day–not every minute at the machine needs to be at top speed!

It looked quite good on the first section I did and I wasn’t sure I wanted to go further. Or maybe just emphasize what I sewed with beading. But I took the advice of a former art teacher and put more, all over the quilt and I like it.

I’m still not sure if it will get some sparkly beads or not, but I was very pleased with my free motion couching foot today. When you use equipment successfully on something for which it was not really intended………well, it was a good day!

Time to Prioritize…again!

It helps so much to have goals and deadlines and plans. Things stay relatively organized that way and you can feel like you are working toward set results. And then life happens and you have to rearrange the whole kit and kaboodle!

Grandson hockey and

Michigan hockey….and working those events into the calendar!

My Artisan Showcase is coming up and that has really been the current end date on my goal list. But I had an event as a vendor on Friday so I had to detour and get things ready for that. What an advantage that turned out to be. I prepped everything I had and now it’s ready for the showcase, too! IF I have a chance to make anything else, it would be a bonus, but I now know that I have plenty of inventory.

I’ve been working on creating some patterns and quilts for a fabric vendor, Turtle Hand Batik, but keep getting delayed! I got these wonderful fabrics for backings and I think they are my favorites of all the wonderful fabrics I’ve worked with!

Quick quilting trick–when working with straight lines in a border area, they may not fit evenly into that area. If it’s close, quilt lines from both of the edges of your space and leave a space.

Then quilt that last line down the middle and even if it isn’t exactly the same distance as your other lines, your brain will “see” it as even.

Also, if your lines are not perfectly straight, they will still read as straight lines in the overall picture you make. Perfection is a goal, but done feels real good, too!

So the patterns and quilts are finished and almost ready to be shipped. I’ve not created patterns for a vendor before…it’s waaaaay different using fabrics that someone else has selected than ones you picked out.

Simple quilting makes the task go quickly!

Here is Frame It Up

36 x 36

and this is Tropical Shadows

35 x 47

Part of having any type of event in your home is making sure that every nook and cranny is sparkly clean. I really hate this part of it, but that has now moved to the top of the priority list. And as you might suspect, it’s a big job because I’m not that concerned with sparkly clean on a day to day basis! Cobwebs and dust and clutter DO reside in my house and I’m pretty okay with it. Sigh…can’t put it off any longer, though.

Sewing on the bottom of the priority list until “sparkly clean” blinds me!!!!

 

Re-imagining

This piece has never made me entirely happy. I loved the dye job and thought I wanted it to be a whole cloth piece, but it really didn’t turn out how I thought it would.

So I put it away for awhile. It sat on the shelf and you know it was thinking all the time about what it wanted to become. I think it spoke to me in a dream last night!

Diamonds…that’s what it said. Set that squareness on point, make diamond shapes and it will be a lot more interesting. Maybe keep it all together in one piece or maybe make them separate.

Don’t know where the idea will take me yet, but I think it has lots of possibilities to make me become happy with it.

Experiments shall commence………..sometime after my showcase!!!

 

Loose ends

I seem to have quite a few small, unfinished pieces laying around and I’d like to get them into final shape. I don’t usually frame pieces because people think frames need glass. Glass doesn’t make me happy with textile work because most of the beauty of the texture is hidden that way.

I have a few 5×7 frames and those small pieces fit into them just fine, so I’m going to use them without the glass. Also a couple of 8×10’s. Smaller, inexpensive pieces sell better, too, so why not?

This little piece looks like a piece of stained glass. I didn’t think it needed any beads, but it’s not totally impossible to still consider that as an option.

These are very plain but they look good in the black frames. Originally, they were going to get beads also, but I think they are good like this. What do you think?

This one is one of my favorites. I love trees and making trees and leaves and it doesn’t matter if they are ‘naturally’ colored or ‘fantasy’ colored…love ’em all.

Then I found a couple prints that I must have originally intended to go together, so………

All set and ready¬† to go and I could NOT feel as if they were finished. I took out all the staples and tried to decide what else they needed. I have been playing with sheer fabrics and I love metallic thread, so that’s what I tried.

I think that may be all they need, but I’m not going to be in a hurry to staple them back to the canvas. I do want to have these small bits available for a show I’m doing on Oct. 11, though. Deadlines help so much to push the decision making process!!!

Bits and pieces, loose ends, finishing up small jobs…it feels like spinning my wheels because it’s not a ‘big idea’ project, but it all needs to get done. And it’s working with textiles, so it’s not bad at all!

Leaf time

In between other projects, I’m taking a break to cut out some more leaves with the soldering iron. My previous iridescent organza didn’t show up quite well enough.

I thought I’d try adding a few turquoise leaves to the mix. I have plans to add some flat white and some cream also.

I have nothing to lose because if I don’t use them on this project, I’ll be happy to use them on something else!

I think they will go well with the iridescent ones.

This process is easy, though quite time consuming. Glad it’s a long term project, to be done as I have a few minutes here and there!