Off for a few days…

My niece is getting married this weekend and we are taking a few days extra to visit and tourist around. I may get a chance to post something, but not very likely until we are home again!

Need to work on these when I get home…

I realized yesterday that I have a lot of starts this year but not too many finishes. I need to be in finishing mode!!!

And I’m teaching this in a couple of weeks at Quilt University

…love this little project!

 

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!!!

 

 

Make-It-Take-It

This week will bring a new dye day, but mostly the emphasis will be on paint and our new stamps. We will have thickened dye, regular dye, stamps, stencils, maybe some thermofax screens…it might turn out to be a circus, but I know we’ll all have fun!

I started to get myself organized, and I am continually surprised by what I find on my shelves when I start digging!

I can’t remember how old these are, but I’m going to use them, to see if they still work and to get rid of them! I think I’ll wrap them shibori-style around a pvc pipe…well, probably around a wine bottle. I’ve found the bottles are easier to handle, especially when I’m working with small pieces of fabric.

Then I’ve been trying to play with folded shibori and I have several pieces ready to go. Can’t wait to see how they turn out!

And again–what surprises surface when you go digging! I found these blocks and only vaguely remember making them. I combined some painted blocks with dyed blocks and didn’t get any further than this.

This is my favorite, and I think I will finish these up to be a small wall quilt.

What I was really looking for was fabric that needed more added to it….and I sure found a lot of it!

Hope some of it comes out of the day useable!

And the beauty shot of the day—AJ was playing around with the special effects on the ipad camera and now I’m all set up for Halloween!

I don’t think I’m too crazy about those special effects!

I have stamps!

Finally, with my Wacky Quilter friends, I took time to use that basket of stampmaking supplies. Well, a teeny, tiny portion of them anyway. I opted to only use the self-adhesive stuff that I have; no carving, no extra gluing, no glue gun.

Cut some out myself and some are pre-cut.  Tons of foam shapes in the kids craft department.

See the paper on the one on the left below? These strips have adhesive on two sides, so at first thought, you  might wonder how you can print with them. Simple solution–just put some paint on them and let it dry before you use them!

I have a few substrates left…

Next week I’m having another dye–or paint–day, and I’ll be using them, each and every one! And maybe a few more will get made before then, too.

Aaaaand–drum roll, please!–the Crooked Cross quilt is done, except for the label!

The label consists of 5 extra blocks that I couldn’t use on the front. I’m adding crooked crosses around the edges and will write the pertinent info in the white spaces. I’m so excited that it’s done…and the deadline is November! I’m sooooo ahead of schedule on it. Hooray!

Tomorrow starts summer time with the grandson. We get to have him two days a week and one overnight. Every week! May not get tons of sewing done, because the days we don’t have him are recovery days. He’s a busy guy and we have to work hard to keep up with him.  Get ready for lots of smooches, big guy!!!