Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A cushion, some thread painting, applique

I know the title doesn't sound much like I'm paying attention to my word for the year and staying 'focused'! However, my interpretation of the word means that I want to focus more on the moment, trying to be present when I'm creating (that's easy), when I'm eating or exercising, or basically doing anything. No more burnt pots!

I started the day intending to paint the trees onto my newly painted sky for the rocky hillside piece. I did go into the studio this morning and cut out pieces for the background hillside and some of the snow.

I like to draw my pattern onto freezer paper which I then iron onto the right of my fabric which has fusible already ironed to the back. This way I don't have to worry about reversed pattern pieces and I can see how it's going to fit as I go along.

I've laid it out with some of the pieces of the snow on the shrubby hillside part with the sky fabric in behind.

I did not paint the trees onto the background fabric after lunch because I wandered into my studio with my cup of tea and got lured to the sewing machine. That is the joy of having a studio where you can leve everything set up. Everything is sitting there waiting (calling) to you.

I added some fir trees to the background of my little shanties piece.

My thought at the time was that I'd just add some firs and then I'd go paint on my other piece. Of course I kept pulling out more thread colors and one tree led to another.

 I finally had to stop for my afternoon snack.
I had pomegranate with cottage cheese, my favorite! 

I'll make a cup of tea now and go sit down in my new happy place with my knitting and a bit of Downton Abbey.

I've set out one of the new cushions that I finished even though I find the pillow form a little too full. I'm going to open it and take out some of the stuffing.

You might notice that I've tried out a bound edge just like on a quilt-- an idea I came across somewhere on the net.
 Now, for my cup of tea before dinner preparations.


Mereknits said...

I hope you enjoyed your tea and Downton, I have a few episodes to catch up on.

Margaret said...

I always love to look at your thread creations! Your sewing world looks like a lovely spot to be.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

sounds like the perfect day Holly. your pieces look wonderful!

elle said...

I like seeing your process. The bound edge is a great idea! Lovely spot for relaxing!

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

Your rock piece is coming together sooo nicely! I love your comfy looking living room - it looks like a perfect spot to relax and do some handwork. I have just finished the first half of the very first episode of Downton Abbey! I figured it was time I got onboard the Downton train..lol

Mystic Quilter said...

Like your thread work and love the finished cushion.

Regina said...

So nice of you to show how you are creating your wonderful pieces, in case I ever get the nerve up to try something like that...