Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Anyway, yesterday, I got the binding on the second hummingbird quilt and as you can see, I've almost finished sewing it down.
I promised myself that if I got two rows attached to each other on the quilt I'm trying to finish, that I could quilt for the day and curl up with my book. Not a good deal! I actually sewed the whole row and pulled out all the pins, only to discover that my needle hadn't been threaded! I re-pinned and resewed. There are two spots that I want to adjust but that will be for another day.
Aside form not feeling quite well, these chickadees that were flitting in and out to the feeder hanging on the window in front of my machine weer distracting me.
I am going to take a little break form my art quilting, just so you know, while I get this gift quilt finished. I cannot show it either, so I might miss some blogging for a bit. I'll see, I might feel the need to do a little creative work here and there.
I'm linking to The Needle and Thread Network.
Monday, June 25, 2012
I always find these little pieces are such fun to do. Maybe it's because there is less invested in them because of the size. I'm definitely more relaxed as I'm free motion stitching. I need to learn to bring the same state of mind to the larger pieces. I feel the same slowed down state when I sit down with my hand sewing threads and beads. It is meditative. I like to open my windows and sew in silence except for the birdsong that floats in from outside.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
I finished the black thread sketching on this 4 by 6, postcard sized piece and added some beads and French knots to the center.
I have a different border in mind for this. I'll show it next time.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
If you look closely, you can see some additional texture added in the form of leaf prints. I ran outside and grabbed a leaf. Then I carefully laid the paper masks in place on the printed fabric to keep paint from getting into the white areas. After painting the back of the leaf, I laid it down, put a piece of paper towel on top and rubbed.
I hung them on the line for a bit--supposed to cure overnight but I was anxious to add some color. I used Neocolor II crayons for this step, spritzing the fabric first before coloring. You might notice the color that bled a little into the green. I don't mind that. Once I've added the stitching, it will hardly be noticeable and likely look like shading.
Blue Elephant Stitches . I might try to do a block here and there and maybe I'll end up with a baby quilt. I've not trimmed this one yet.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I added a few more little details to the first hummingbird piece-- bobbin work flowers in Candlelight sea foam blue. Then I hand stitched a few spots of white French knots.
I have the other hummingbird left to bind. Maybe I'll get to it tomorrow. I'm shortly going to take a tea break and hand stitch the binding down.
I'm linking today to the Needle and Thread Network for WIP Wednesday.
Monday, June 18, 2012
It is another warm sunny day. I set the fan up in the doorway of my studio and it was quite pleasant sewing. I've done the machine quilting around two of the 3 wall hangings that I've been working on, and I just sat down to stitch the binding down on the castle.
My camera battery is charging so I took the photo with my I Pad! You can tell it's not as good as my camera or else I need to learn how to use it!
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Rather than run the sewing machine, I thought I'd sketch my flowers which I just happened to have photographed last night.
The first one is a columbine which reseeds and pops up all over the place. They are quite pretty and delicate looking.
I just bought this foxglove. I've always loved them , tried them once before unsuccessfully, so we'll see.
Favorite -color: chartreuse
-animal: don't have one; it would be birds except they're not an animal
- drink: tea
- passion: gardening, my art
giving or getting: giving (honest)
Favorite Day: all of them
Favorite Flower: too many - cosmos, coneflower, cornflower, Queen Anne's lace to name a few.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
This morning the 'boys' went off to golf--too early for me-- so it gave me some time to do a little sewing after relaxing with my morning tea.
The castle I was working on is now ready for the quilting in the borders and the binding. I finished all the beading while at the shop on Thursday.
I also added a bit more paint to the hummingbirds and the flowers. You can see that I decided to free motion quilt the background on one of them and then decided against it on the second one.
Tomorrow we all plan to golf.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
I've picked out the borders which I will add in the quilt as you go method. You can see a bit of them laid out below.
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Monday, June 11, 2012
I've finally realized that when I have my machine set up for free motion, it is much more productive to work on a few things with common colors at once. I did some outlining on both hummingbirds. There are a couple of things I want to change on the birds and I will be adding more paint again too. I really like how the flowers turned out.
Around 2pm I took time out to have my walk and was able to sit on my deck swing with my tea and snack afterwards. There was a lovely breeze and not a fly to be seen. For supper, I pulled a homemade lentil burger from my freezer, warmed it and added cheese, lettuce, tomato and rhubarb chutney. I let it get a little too brown but it was still delicious.
Linda will finish it.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Yesterday, I added the black stitching to my runner to finish it up. I liked all the various greens on the linen and I love the sketchy look of the black thread. However, in my predominantly beige living room, it doesn't add enough color. I've decide that some brighter cushions are needed and was tempted to start them right away. I'm going to be good though and finish some other projects first.
I will make the small draw for my hand pieced stars to-night and let you know the winner tomorrow. My husband isn't here to do the picking so I hope you'll trust me!
Friday, June 8, 2012
When I got home after my Friday lunch date, I decided to pot up my last pot for my deck. The darn little black flies were so pesky that I danced, swatted and blew my way through it. I didn't spray myself like yesterday since I just had the one thing to do. Darn it one got me behind the ear.
What else could I do? I retreated to my sewing studio. I got the 3 pieces for my runner cut-- top, flannel lining and backing, and then I sewed it together and turned it. The flannel lining is perfect though a little tricky to cut. It was from a cheap sheet and kept stretching.I will top stitch the edge and then I want to do a free motion vine and stitch around the leaves, I think in black.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Also, today, I was in the craft shop, Chal Baie, at the waterfront and I took a couple of pictures of my stuff. I should have taken another one because we rearranged and added a couple more things afterwards--my runner for one.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
I didn't get any other sewing done because I went out for part of the day to help my moving friend. It has inspired me though to clean out some of my own things!
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Monday, June 4, 2012
The right hand one is still folded back and I have butted a Timtex up against the seam and zig zagged it. After that I added the top and bottom borders the same way.
first one that I did.
The other thing I did that I've wanted to do for a while is to sew 2 sample blocks for the quilt I will do my brother and his wife. I found the directions at Love Laugh Quilt.
Even though you can't see it, I layered two fabrics together and sliced, swapping out the fabrics for each block. I cut them 13 3/4 inches.
They look like this when sewn together, so once trimmed they were about 12 inches. They will not be next to each other once more blocks are made.