Museum day

This was not a week for sewing at all. Monday and Tuesday were spent doing laundry, sorting all the stuff I took to Blue Lake with me, hanging with the grandson and being home again. Wednesday was an ‘organize myself’ day, with a little work on this,

and Thursday I went to the AQS show in Grand Rapids. That was fun but I took no photos–I find that I don’t go back and look at the work of others, so I am just enjoying it in the moment. Wonderful work, for sure.

It was also a day for connections. I met two of my social media friends for real, Jenny Lyon and Robin Koehler and we chatted as though we had seen each other every day! Great to meet them both.

And there was this vendor…………….a connection was made and there is the possibility of writing patterns using their fabrics. It’s got my brain spinning, but what is there to lose? Sounds interesting.

Friday was so much fun with the grandson. We try to take him to the Toledo Museum of Art occasionally and we always have a great time. The good time started right inside the door with an interactive art and music exhibit. The outdoor exhibits get a visit also and when I took this photo

I remembered that we had done the same photo before…in 2016, it turns out. Mr. AJ has grown a bit since then!

My plans for this week were to catch up on all my neglected garden projects, but that may be changed now. My brain is absolutely spinning with pattern ideas and that must be resolved so I can concentrate on day to day obligations a little bit, too!

I WILL get that lawn mown today, though. As well as being a necessity, it’s a great time for planning out a pattern as I work!


Slow stitching

Knot Even Quilters meeting today and we had decided to do a slow stitching round robin and simply enjoy the time. Everyone brought their project and the materials needed to work on it and even some general foo-foo to share. Not surprisingly, as soon as the stitching began, the conversation dropped to a low murmur!

The plan was for us to stitch and switch after 15 minutes and that time limit was immediately discarded. Most of us wanted to produce quality work on each piece we worked on, so we spent a bit more time before we switched. We had some “skip me, I need a few more minutes” but in the end we all worked on all the pieces. Sooooo much fun, but no pictures. Maybe when we bring them all back finished…don’t laugh! It could happen. In fact, most members of the group ARE finishers, so it will be fun to see.

My project was a last minute two-fer. Another group I belong to is going to have a challenge and make a round robin scroll piece…decided last night and I need to have a sample for the next meeting. Sooo–I grabbed a bunch of supplies, some background fabric and used my KEQ friends to get me started!

I am using lace, sheers, vintage linens and my aim is to have a lavish and vintage piece. They are such good friends and started me off so well!

I’m going to put so much more stitching into this and I don’t want to work on any of my other deadline pushing projects. However, I forced myself to put this away. Out of sight means that I will get the obligations finished first.

And, as promised, blog posts will be fewer during the busy-ness of summer fun. Grandson hockey camp this week.

Swimming and picnic with him and his friend Friday. Quilt guild Saturday………………….looking forward to Sunday. Maybe not a ‘day of rest’ but surely a day of quiet sewing.

And that darn grass just keeps on growing………………!!

Aaaaaand, it’s finished…sort of!

My big turquoise project is all quilted and I definitely could call it finished. It’s put together as I first envisioned it and I’m quite happy with it.

Even breaking 5–yes FIVE–needles on the stupid beaded peach fabric! I haven’t broken that many needles in five years, but those beads were vicious!

And it is actually incomplete. As I study it, I realize that it’s a pretty nice background. Color coordinated, nicely decorated, lots of good texture, but what’s missing? A good focal point!

And one of my first questions to myself is about that hanging sleeve. Is it all right as is?

Do I need to add stitch, paint or something to it? Or do I just need to fold it to the back and sew it down?

Then there are several ways I’m contemplating for adding a real focal area. First is area, such as a swath of color or a small, concentrated area.

Then there is color itself. All white, all peachy, various colors, black?

My plan is to create leaves from organza; same leaves that I used for the stamping. I would love to hear your opinions and ideas! There is no rush to finish on this one, so I can take my time and really think it through, not jump into it willy-nilly.

I have some leftover blocks that I want to utilize in a smaller piece, very similar, but no batting, more overlap of the leaves and probably no hand stitching…or maybe MORE hand stitching. Have a couple of challenge obligations to finish first, though! And Blue Lake teaching is coming up and I have no samples, so I’d better get on that, too.

I never yet have run out of things to do or ideas to try. The universe is soooo good to me that way!

KEQ Silk/wool Challenge

While I’m getting the big turquoise project quilted in odd bits of time, there are other odd bits of time more suitable for hand stitching. The latest KEQ challenge with wool and bits of silk is the perfect project.

Started at the last meeting and always intended for hand stitching, it seemed that simplicity would work best. I showed you how I added the cabachon . Then the rest of the project needed only rows of running stitch.

It was originally intended to become a 12″ square, but now it’s kind of rectangular. Usually I show you the finished product or a cropped picture before finishing. Since I’m not totally sure how it will be trimmed, this is the raw piece.

Another decision waiting to be made……….sigh!

Hooray–Finally quilting!

Yes, I finished the hand stitching on my big turquoise project and I can start on the machine work! Hooray, hooray, hooray!

And I keep referring to this as a huge project, but it’s not even bed quilt size, so it’s not so very large! But for a wall hanging, it’s pretty humongous.

I got that first leaf quilted and I’m going to be very happy with the choice of black thread.

However, my choice for the areas surrounding the leaves was not so wonderful. I had planned on random interlocking square and rectangular shapes and started with that…….and ripped it out! I simply didn’t care for the look at all. So now I’m trying pebbles.

Not thrilled with those either, but the more organic is definitely better than the straight lines. This is not coming out exactly how I had imagined, but they never do, do they? My raw edges and batting showing may need more enhancement than I thought to say what I mean……….working like this is so much fun!

Probably no more stitching time until Saturday or even Sunday, but it is progressing!

Workshop start, home finish

Unusual happening around here–I learned a technique in a workshop, started a project there and actually followed through on finishing it here at home. The Infused Newsprint Cloth technique really captured my interest and I wanted to follow the process from start to finish.

I made my own screen and got my fabric and newsprint ‘married’, with masking and painting.

Not perfect on the paint. It was a little thinner than I like and squirted under the mask a bit. Not “ruined” because I am not a perfectionist!

Added machine and hand stitching.

And then to make them flowers, well, beaded centers seemed to be called for!

This was all done with only the fabric and batting, since I don’t like knots or beading stitches to show on the back. Last step was to add a back and some quilting to hold the layers together.

And there you have it–La Margarita.

I love being able to truly incorporate paper into my work and I’ll be doing a lot more of this…soon. This next week has more cleaning than sewing and no one needs any details on THOSE processes!

Hand work

I have not been doing much hand work lately. Probably because I haven’t been sitting around the living room much lately! I’ve forgotten how easy it is to have some pieces sitting on the table ready to pick up and stitch on.

This one is slightly larger than my usual, but it needs the extra borders for color.

Ready to go……………

End of the day, or beginning of the day, hand work is so relaxing.