Monday, December 24, 2012
We have awakened to a rainy Christmas eve here in mostly sunny California. I watched Miracle on 34 Th Street yesterday and was reminded...."Christmas is not just a day, it's a state of mind". May we keep the spirit of Christmas in our hearts all year.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
What's on my design wall is my newest profile photo. Of course it didn't start out that way. I have been experimenting with transparency for a while. I like to see the fabric behind the paint, in this case it is a batik. The face shape is a freezer paper stencil and the features drawn with color pencil. Everything else is fused. It is a fun technique. Hope you have a fun, productive week.
Friday, December 7, 2012
This is the time of year when we all take group family photos to send inside Christmas cards. Oh to get it right the fist time. Good luck!
There is always one who hogs the camera.
Then there are always a couple of characters who want to act out.
Not to be forgotten is the amatur photographer who can't figure out the camera.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Trees. It measures 8 inches by 37 inches. It is a great way to use up those pieces of batting I can't throw away. Of course your tree can be for the fall, winter or my favorite is Halloween. I can't find a web address but the designer is Wendy Hager .
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Just a quick post regarding a fast technique I use on small wall quilts. Take 2 squares of fabric ( these were 3 1/2 inches) and iron in half diagonally. Sew the raw edges even when you are sewing on the binding. The edges will be covered when the binding is sewn down by hand or machine. Insert a dowel and hang on small brad nails or I have even used push pins if they will go into your wall. This works for quilts that are not too large. This one is 15 inches wide. If you don't have a wood dowel and the piece is small, I have used a chop stick. Just a thought to share!
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Holidays require time away from the machine. I know, its hard. So I have prepared these bowls for hand applique, my favorite type of hand work while I visit with friends and family. These bowls were all over the web earlier in the year and they were paper pieced. The pattern is a PDF called Piling Up www.reginagrewe.de . What do you have planned for your machine free time?
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Can you believe the gradient fabric below is what started this journey? My original intent was to do a whole cloth quilt using different thread colors as well as patterns. Then it really hit me. Why not just cut at certain areas and piece it using a slight curve, add some hand dyed and print fabric and a central "art" insert. There, you have it. What do you think?
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Color correctness in photography is so important and I just don't have it yet. The solid fabric at the bottom is brown. A soft rich earthy brown. I continued using 40 wt. thread. This thread is variegated with black and rusty red. I knew I wanted to create a little more texture so I did what you should not do in quilting close lines. I went back and forth instead of stopping and starting on the same side to PREVENT shirring. I thought a little shirring would add interest and I like it. I also did not want to quilt pebbles just because many would expect it on a quilt like this. I want a feeling of flowing,wind blowing and calm. One last thing. Following the curve of the pieced insert would be OK, but ignoring that exact curve and just sewing curvy lines is ,I think a more dynamic statement along with just three quilted leaves. Tomorrow you will see the upper area and Thursday the entire piece. Thanks for all your wonderful comments.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Progressing toward the bottom, just beneath the tree background is a small area of hand dyed color, so straight line quilting separates and calm things down a bit. The area around the base of the trees needed movement to mimic rows. Thinking of planting and harvesting done in the fall. Finally the area below the rows reminded me of water. A lake in my autumn forest. You can see a peek of the brown, but I will save that for another post. I continued to use 40 wt except for the dyed area and that was DMC 50 wt. It is going very well. All thoughts, questions and comments are welcomed.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
One of the most frequent questions in FMQ is how do you decide what to quilt where. This is a good example of that dilemma. I have multiple odd shapes that need to be united to keep the section as "one". The answer to me was to echo the shapes. I used 40 wt thread that is a sort of gold brown color. I did quilt the trees first with a 40 wt very black thread. I mention the weight of the thread as so many tutorials don't. The 40 wt thread shows more than a 50 wt. and I want the quilting to stand out. If you don't mind, I'll let you see the progression of the quilting and pass on any info I think will be helpful as I think Autumn has some quilting challenges.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Saturday, September 8, 2012
I don't know about you, but sometimes I am literally driven to put into cloth what I see in my head. I won't rest until I get to that certain place when you just know it is going to work..... or not. I am almost there and I am enjoying the process.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
I have not a clue where this is going but it had better be good since I've spent this afternoon creating it. I started cleaning the sewing room, got as far as the cutting table and came across a drawing of a chair, buried under some fabric I was looking for last week. You know how that goes don't you? Oh well, this is labor day so I won't belabor the point of procrastination. I think I'll make some more chairs.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Zig zag quilts are all over the Internet recently and I just happen to need another baby quilt and a "quick" class project. This one is straight off the freebie list on www.allpeoplequilt.com I really like the simplicity of the directions and just might have to do the adult version. Try it. You'll like it!
Monday, August 20, 2012
I'm in the mood for gray. It is peaceful,quiet and varied in lights, darks and mediums. It is in the neutral category and has great texture properties.I have learned that nothing is black and white in life and there are always shades of gray ( even before the book). Gray reminds us of clouds, stone and ageing. Loving color, I could not resist adding a little spice in the border and again in my paper pieced strips ( courtesy of a new fabric marker by Sharpie called Stained). This 15 x 15 inch wall piece will also be a class project. So add some gray to your stash.