Friday, August 11, 2017
Friday, August 4, 2017
I am in the process of the daunting task of cleaning all of the old crap from my basement and look what I found! I started to carry it to the take to the dump pile but could hear my dear online friend Glen all the way from Baton Rouge saying - no! Look at all that beautiful rust! I've never "rusted" fabric but remember some of the wonderful fabric she has created from things like this.
I have no idea how to do it but am sure I can find directions online so stay tuned.
Friday, July 28, 2017
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Friday, July 14, 2017
Friday, July 7, 2017
It's really mostly lines quilted in different directions with a few areas of squiggles for contrast.
See the pinkish looking hill to the left of the road? I saw the design on Pinterest I think and really like it for a contrast to the horizontal lines. It's just a series of circles at the bottom and close lines quilted vertically on top of them. It reminds me of those big bales of hay you see on fields that are rolled.
Friday, June 30, 2017
Friday, June 23, 2017
I've had this on my design wall minus the hiking shoes, dog and sailboats for months just waiting for the right idea to come along to take it from an ok landscape to "oh! Cool!" Someone on Instagram posted a photo of their feet and a mountain vista and that got me going.
I traced the feet onto white fabric with a pencil, then layer it over black felt. First I tried with just the fabric and my machine would not accept that. She likes stability before she will free motion correctly so I obey. So then quilted over the pencil lines in black thread. Using my Inktense pencils I first painted clear hair gel all over it and then colored in. As you can see my first try was way to orange.
But once it dried the legs were actually perfect so I just browned up the shoes a bit. I think they came out great! The only thing I would do differently next time is use a different white base fabric. It frayed a lot when I sewed it onto the quilt. I need to use something with a tighter weave so it doesn't fray.
Since I'm doing a series of "wander quilts" I call this Wonder while you Wander which is another Instagram inspiration. Someone commented on a water quilt I posted that she orders while she wonders and I loved that - so thank you to both of the Instagram people who helped my get this boring landscape off my wall!
Go forth and wander!
Friday, June 16, 2017
What do you do when you have the day off and it's windy, rainy and downright nasty outside?
Sew in your PJ's day!
I just got this beautiful batik on sale from Hancocks of Paducah - love that place.
So decided to play with that today so cut a square and sewed strips around it.
Then fussy cut triangles to go around that so the Bears wouldn't be upside down or sideways.
No undignified bear positions in my quilt.
Course that leaves holes all over my fabric but, oh well.
Let's make some birch, or actually bears like beech nuts so let's call them beech trees.
This is where I'm at right now. I have no idea where I'm going with this.
Just one of those figure it out as you go projects.
Hopefully I will have the finish for you next week so stay tuned ;-)
Friday, June 9, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Jason,is a friend at work and we joke around a lot about the joke that is the current president of the United States. It was Jason's birthday so I made him a lunch bag with his president's face on it.
Jason, I hope you don't lose your lunch after looking at this face.
I didn't take a photo of the completed lunch bag but here is me almost done with the quilting. I took a strange perverse pleasure in watching the needle go up and down in his hair.
It looks pretty complex but not really. Found a photo on the Internet.
I could not find one of him smiling so apparently the man never has.
Then just traced the outlines with a pencil. After that it was just follow the lines doing free motion.
(The hair horns were a last minute decision)
He usually keeps them hidden
Friday, May 26, 2017
There is an iconic mountain in our area that looks like a camels hump.
And here is the fabric version
Love those batiks!
I'm making a pattern to sell of this so will be making a few more to get the kinks out.
What I would do differently on this one is about color choices.
This my original layout before sewing.
I thought the camels hump blended to much in the background although a couple people on Instagram commented that they liked it better that way - more realistic, giving you a surprise looking closer so something to think about for future landscapes.
Sorry for the sideways photo but you can see where I stuck a moon color behind the mountain to get an idea of the look and I liked it so went with it.
The other thing and I didn't realize until it was sewn so I left it but there should be more contrast between the road and the hills next to it. The bottom one is fine and even the faraway brownish one but that dark green in the middle road should be lighter. Not the end of the world but I'll take note for next time and put a note in my pattern. That's why I like to make a few of these before publishing any pattern. I think this would be a good basic beginner pattern to learn the technique and people can alter it for any mountain in their area. So stay tuned for more camels hump landscapes. This allows me to play with my beautiful batiks.
My favorite part is going thru my stash auditioning each color and petting my fabric.
How big is your stash? In my opinion one can never have to much but variety instead of quanity is the key.