Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
The only thing finished is a sketchbook cover
Nothing fancy but I do love the fabric
Started quilting the brightly colored baby size quilt. I found an electric yellow thread that works perfectly and am just doing a meander all over.
Slowly putting together a disapearing 9 patch in flannel. This will take awhile. I cut it out like two years ago then put it away. I'll work it for awhile then probablly put it away again.
This is going to be a beach scene
This will be a snowman tote bag. It's cut out and am following a craftsy class instruction.
Last but not least, another blackbird but see how the fusible shows thru on the moon?
Don't like it.
So I took out my inktense pencils and aloe gel to cover and blend. This is wet still.
Stay tuned next week to see how it came out :-)
Next week is thanksgiving already! I hope you are spending the day with someone you love.
I heard a story on the npr show on point yesterday about a documentary being shown on November 24th and again on thanksgiving about the real story and history of the pilgrims. We think of pilgrims as being those people in the brown plain clothing all happy eating turkey. In reality it was a horrible time for them and for the poor Indians whose land they stole. I'm looking forward to watching and I hope you can too. I think it's on the show American experience.
Monday, November 16, 2015
last spring I was obsessed with watching a live eagle cam of an eagles nest and the little eaglets as babies.I like how they look kind of fluffly but not happy with the nest itself. I tried out watercolors on this one and had fun playing with them.
Have you ever heard of Piet Mondrian? He was a dutch painter back in the late 1800's, early 1900's and he evolved a non-representational form of art which he termed neoplasticism. From what I can tell he painted straight black lines on a white background and then colored in some with primary colors.
this is one of his
very simple but pleasing in an odd sort of way
Friday, November 13, 2015
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free
Blackbird fly, blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night
I do love this quilt probablly because I have always loved the song. The blackbird is drawn with inktense pencils and the rest is fabric. The moss was some
ugly green fabric with an identity disorder that I had for years in my stash that works perfectly for moss. Never throw away ugly fabric! Some fabric just takes longer to find it's identity. The words are printed out on batik ironed to freezer paper then cut to printer paper size. Goes right thru the printer fine.
Last week I had three works in progress and the blackbird is the only finish although guys little notebook cover is almost done. Here is a refresher on how to make a journal over.
After you have quilted the size you need, if you want a closing tab sew a piece of Velcro on the tab and on the opposite side as shown. If there were words or anything directional test first. See where the tab will go and which side will be the front. You want the tab sewn on what will be the back side of the journal.
Cut a piece of fabric the same size as the quilted piece. Cut in half, sew hems and lay like this.
Cut another piece that overlaps the hemmed sides and is the same width. Sew all the way around.
Turn inside out . That's as far as I've gotten so far on mine but you would now iron it flat. Then you can slip in the purchased notebook. I always sew a button on the tab front.
I sell a detailed tutorial on this in my craftsy shop here if you want more details. They make great gifts, are a good way to use ip scraps and are pretty quick to do.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
I will be posting my drawing progress hopefully once a week and will still do my quilting projects on friday. If you want to practice your sketching / drawing skills join us!
the craftsy blog post is here with the prompts in case you are interested
Friday, November 6, 2015
Works in progress this week
Quilting a red winged blackbird in front of a moon. Blackbird is inktense pencils. There is more to this quilt that will be revealed upon finishing but I wanted to show you the quilting of the moon. McTavishing works really well on moons ;-)
Finished piecing the tumbling charms. That flowered fabric on the right will be the backing. Quilting may take me awhile even though I'm sure I will do something easy and basic but that means boring and I tend to put those projects on the backburner but we shall see. I am listening to a good audiobook right now called the Kraken Project so it just may get done. How should I quilt this though - I'm thinking just meander in the white but the colored squares? What color thread would you use?
And a small, really small notebook cover. This will be folded in half so the notes will be on the front and the pencil on the back.
Friday, October 30, 2015
I heard about this on Facebook and found a tutorial on it here. It's basically like zentangles but with arrows angles and straight lines thrown in. Great FMQ practice and using white fabric and black thread if you screw it up there is only minimal cost wasted (besides your time but then any practice is valuable, especially when you screw it up) lesson learned and all that.
I thought I had pictures of my first attempts but I deleted them. Let's just say they were the
screw ups learning experiences. Finally I felt confident and made a good one that I made into a journal cover.
Here's the front
I always make a closing tab for my journal covers and close with Velcro but then sew on the button for show. I have a pattern for sale on craftsy for journal covers here if anyone is interested ($4.00)
This is a pumpkin we made at work using things found around the housekeeping and maintenance departments. Hope you all have a Happy Halloween!