A lot of quilting on this baby - the thread matches the green so you have to get close to see the texture. Came out really good.
Monday, July 8, 2019
Friday, June 7, 2019
Friday, May 31, 2019
Thursday, May 2, 2019
First draw two lines for eyes and one for nose.
Do a little scribble under the eyes
Draw up from the nose into an eyebrow and add an eyebrow over the other eye and add a line for the mouth
Add a smaller line under the lip - nothing over it, keep it simple
Now draw in the outline of jaw, neck and any hair but try to keep it simple.
Friday, April 19, 2019
I picked purple, a complimentary color
Out come the scraps
Onto the machine using quilt as you go
Although I have the need to quilt the hell out of everything (that is the fun part after all)
I love how the quilting came out, leaving those purple strips I quilted makes them really pop. So much texture in this one.
Saturday, April 13, 2019
My quote challenge is finished. It’s actually song lyrics but adjoining Mitchell thought them up and said them many times so in my mind that’s a quote (close enough)
They took all the trees
And put them in a tree museum
And they charged all the people
A dollar and a half to see 'em
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And they put up a parking lot
One of my favorite songs and one that resonates with me since the city I live in just loves to cut down trees and put up buildings and parking lots.
The lyrics are written (quilted) all around the border
The tree museum 😂
Friday, March 29, 2019
After watching a Craftsy show called mini mojo’s I knew I had to try these wonky log cabins. Just take a bunch of scraps and haphazardly sew them together in a log cabin fashion. So much fun! No worries about straight cuts, seam allowances - just color. In the class she added stitching like you see on the left cabin and it does add that extra handmade - ness factor that I like. She called it quilting and I suppose technically it is but my mother taught me how to hand quilt and this is not it. Ok Carol, get with the modern program, go with the flow and accept change. It took me awhile to embrace modern quilting and now I really like it so give me some time to call a running stitch with 3 strands of embroidery floss quilting. (Sorry Mom) 😳
Of course I made it into a journal cover and quilt cabana quilts is having a monthly challenge with this month being improv so posted it on her group.
Here is the back.
Friday, March 22, 2019
Friday, March 15, 2019
I love how this came out. I searched thru my stash for hours looking for the background and finally ended up with this mottled purple. So glad I did.
I had big problems with the bud but after much trying this and that finally fixed it.
The humming bird is from a pattern I have for sale on Etsy. Just enlarged it a bit and put it with this hot pink flower.
Thursday, March 7, 2019
It has great texture and goes fast. You normally wouldn’t have all these color changes. This is my test sandwich for whenever I change thread or bobbin to make sure things are going right this the many colored threads.
Basically you start with a wiggled line going up and down. Make sure not to make your wiggles the same as the line next to it. You don’t want to echo here. Randomly wiggle and randomly make a little pocket as shown in the blue. Fill with pebbles and continue. Try it - it really is easy once you get going.
I probably should have left this alone but got it in my head I didn't like the color.
So I painted it with inktense blocks but liked it even less.
But adding these snippets left over made it Oooh la la!
I came across this beautiful barred owl yesterday and it had broken its wing and couldn’t fly. Luckily someone came along and arranged for someone to come and rescue it and brought it to the rehabilitation center. Unfortunately they said the wing is broken really bad and he might have to be euthanized. He’s going to a vet today to find out for sure. If he does at least he won’t suffer out in the below zero weather and starve to death since he can’t hunt not being able to fly and we gave him a fighting chance. I stood there and we locked eyes for a few minutes. Owls are magical birds.
Friday, March 1, 2019
This guy came out kinda creepy and no way can I get him on a quilt but he’s kinda cool anyway. Maybe I’ll hang him up somewhere
In the end I ended up with this one for my quilt
And here is the quilt! I used a half layer of wool batting and a layer of thin cotton and the quilting really shows up nicely. The idea of the quilting came from a quilt I saw on the quilt shows newsletter. It didn’t have the fillers but the idea of a sun like circle in the corner and then rays filtering down. Filing this idea for future quilts.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Another layer of the soluble put on top and sewn with a crosshatching
Covered a jar with plastic and rubber band to hold it down then dried overnight.
Not very practical but are fairies practical? I think not.
Someone on Facebook suggested putting one of those tea lights in it so my fairy bowl now sits on my mantel lighting the way for all the fairies that live in my house 🥰
Friday, February 1, 2019
The first magazine I saw had an article about legalizing marijuana in our state so I took the word “high”
I’m afraid of heights and this is as close as I will ever come to looking down from a tLl building. Makes me dizzy just looking at this.
Friday, January 25, 2019
Friday, January 4, 2019
Remember when Gatsby looked longingly across the bay at the green light on Daisy’s dock at night?
I’ve been wanting to try improv curved piecing and thought this would be a great place to do it and it worked out nicely.
I used inktense blocks for the light and then added a bit of stitching around the light part.
And on the back is a quote from the book.