Friday, March 16, 2018

Collaboration quilt finish

Look at last weeks post for the details but basically the message here is that we are all halves of our family members through time and that makes us all unique. I had lots of fun embellishing all the figures to make them all different.

And different they are!

Remind you of ant family members? If so, God help you! Lol!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Collaboration quilts

I joined a small online group that is doing a project. It goes like this. We each make a small art quilt depicting the word half in any way we wish. The person that started the group sent us all a package of fabric to use. We make our quilt but don’t finish it because we then send to another member who works on it some more, adding her own twist to the theme. Basically each quilt will be made by two people each with ideas and talents of their own adding to the final piece. It then gets sent back to the originator who gave us the fabric and she will mount and display somewhere.

This is what I came up with - my first thought was half moon although this looks more like a planet so I call it view from the planer cirbaf. Note the Star Trek words quilted on it. I’ll be very interested to see what my partner comes up with.

This is what I got this week from the person I’m doing the second half with. Her idea is that she is half her mother, half her father, who is half of their mother and father and so on. She stamped all those cool looking figures on , of course half of the piece. 

It definitely has a circular feel to it so paying homage to the circle of life, I quilted concentric circles. I then cut it into a circle and am doing the binding now. I did not use bias binding (pain in the ______ ) so I hope it will work by just clipping the corners. So far it seems fine. 

Next I plan to add something different to each figure since all those halves is what makes us all unique. That will be really fun. I’ll show you the finish next week.

I also spent a lot of last week putting my IKEA drawer set together. Not an easy task but worth it. 9 drawers for storing and organizing fabric and “stuff”.
 I love it!

Friday, March 2, 2018

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist

While this quilt is relevant to today’s turmoil in our country, this quote from Indira Ghandhi is what came to my mind when thinking of a quilt for a show at a local bird sanctuary. They have an art show every year and the theme this year is the migratory bird treaty act of 1918. Basically this treaty brought countries together to agree not to kill off all the birds that migrate to their country from another. 

At the turn of the 19th century in the U.S. and Europe, it became wildly popular—and that’s an understatement—for ladies to wear feathers and whole taxidermied birds on their hats. One ornithologist reported two walks in Manhattan in 1886 and counting 700 hats, 525 of which were topped by feathers or birds. Can you imagine walking around with dead birds on your head! This is one of the reasons a lot of birds were massacred back in the day causing some to become extinct and others to come close. Which is why the migratory bird treaty was so important. 

Thank God our forefathers (and mother’s) thought enough of our environment to put this plan in place. Now if we could just change our current evil ways, the planet would be a much better place.


Friday, February 16, 2018

Mindless sewing

Not feeling particularly creative this week probably due to the February blues. This part of winter is the worse part for me. No real snow but rainy mushy icy crap and everything is ice and mud. But sewing does make me happy .

So I took some scraps. Threw them in a pile and just sewed together at random. Then quilted it. Not a very good job but remember this is mindless feel good sewing. Binding? No, to much work so it got the pillowcase treatment. (This project is only about 11”x 7”) turn it inside out. Now what? 
Well it could be a large mug rug or a clutch bag type of thing. I can always use another tote organizer.

Sewed up the sides after adding strips of Velcro. In true mindless sewing style, the Velcro is crooked and the sides are uneven. The sides are so thick because I used flannel I couldn’t go to the top end as you can see on the top photo but it will work.

Ta-da! Not that bad and it feels good with the quilted flannel.
And yes, it made me feel good to make something quilty.

I have started a new project here but it will involve writing with free motion so I have to have my wits about me. 
Hopefully I will show you progress next week. If I screw up the writing I’ll show you that too. I do know from experience to write out the words to look at while quilting even if they are simple words. Something about writing with free motion my brain doesn’t associate it as writing.

Do you get the winter blues? How do you combat it?

Friday, February 9, 2018

Downey woodpecker

 Finished! I love how it came out
 Wrapped around a canvas

 The back. Wanted to cover up the staples so glued down some ribbon
 I’ve only done the wrapped canvas thing once a long time ago and don’t remember much about it and was concerned about the thickness of the batting and 3layers but I use a really thin batting in mostly everything and it was no trouble at all. I just had to cut out a little on each corner and it came out fine. Not being a very good planner there wasn’t enough to wrap around the top and bottom so I added some fabric the same colors a nd it seemed to work. I should do the canvas again. I really like the look and it’s so easy to hang.

Have you ever put one of your quilts on a canvas or stretcher bars?

Thursday, February 1, 2018

WIP downy woodpecker

Nothing finished this week but I am in the quilting stages of this Downy woodpecker.

They have pronounced black and white speckled feathers on their backs. To make that I took a black fabric and pounced white pearl fabric paint on it.

I walked by this yesterday. It looks like a rusty waterfall but it’s ice. The iron in the rocks must get mixed with it.
My friend Glen loves to take rusty things and use it for surface design on her fabric. I can see her running to the top of this impressive sight and attaching fabric at the top, having it cascade down and leaving it until spring. How cool would that be!  

Stay tuned next week for the finished woodpecker 🤗

Friday, January 26, 2018

Yellow lab quilt

I’ve been working on him for awhile and I think he’s done. I’d like to say he is my dog but honestly I just licked his beautiful face at random from a public domain photo sharing site. Let me show you some photos of the journey.
 From drawn pattern to fabric. Mostly freezer paper appliqué.

Quilted on a nice lush green background which is something we are lacking here in the northeast right now.

Shaded with fabric pastels. After this you can see from the finished photo that I ended up making the eyes blacker. These eyes looked more human than dog and also darkened up the edge of the ears so you can see them. All in all I think it came out pretty good! 
I may try another in black but might try all fusible to see if there is much difference. Do you prefer fusible or turned under applique?