Thursday, February 15, 2018

Second donation quilt done

I pieced and quilted the second donation quilt and it's in the pile ready to go. I had a piece of teal flannel that was used for the back and binding.

My little cat is always looking for things to get into, I came downstairs yesterday morning and found this.

Actually thats only part of it. She had taken a ball of pearl cotton from the studio to the dining room, wrapped the chairs and then across the room and around a few more legs. Although you can't see it, that glob of thread also has the needle in it. I keep a threaded needle with each of my balls of thread and had obviously forgotten to put this one back in the covered container when I was finished using it. From now on I'll remember to put it safely away.

Weekly Leaf #7

before stitching

After stitching

Thats the last of my eco/botanical prints until the leaves grow back on the trees. Next week I'll be using one of these paper towels left over from when I was production dying and also left over from the daily stitching a few years ago.

2018 Daily Stitching days 40-46

Red dots, green french knots and some more background stitches added.

71 days of mark making, days 39-45

I'll be linking up to "Off the Wall Friday"

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Using up fabric in donation quilts

I've been in the mood to just sew so I've got one donation quilt done and another in the works. The main fabric for the first one was a large piece of stripped fabric given to me by a friend, it was quite old because it was only 35" wide, but I loved the colors. I added some of my hand dyed fabric and this is what I came up with.

The second one started with a pile of colorful leftover pieces from a quilt I gave to one of my granddaughters. The pieces were all 1" wide and between 5" and 6" long, I also had two packs of precut off white 5" squares. I inserted the strips into the squares, then trimmed up the squares and put then up on the design wall. That's where they are now, I'll probably tweak the layout some before I sew the squares together.

2018 Weekly Leaf #6

before stitching
 After stitching

2018 Daily Stitching days 33-39

71 days of mark making days 32-38

I'll link up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching".

Thursday, February 1, 2018

More Wet Cyan Leaf Pieces

I was on a roll earlier this week and finished three small wet cyan leaf pieces. The first one is very small and will be sent off to the SAQA Spotlight auction that will be held at the annual conference in San Antonio.

6"x 8"
The second will probably be my contribution to the SAQA online auction in Sept., although it is now hanging in one of the Four County Art Guilds locations.

Three Poplar Leaves 
12"x 12"

The third one is hanging in the City library, another art guild location.
 Blue and Orange Leaves
20"w x 28"h

I still have a few more of last fall's wet cyan prints left to play with, I may get them out this week.

71 days of mark making days 25-31.

I've worked thru my sketchbook and I'm now going backwards thru it and doing the back of each page. I'm even starting to enjoy it.

The Weekly Leaf, week #5

before stitching

after stitching

2018 Daily Stitching  days 26-32

I'll be linking up to "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The good and the underwhelming

Last week I was reprimanded for only showing the good stuff and not showing what I was underwhelmed about. I thought about it and realized the comment was right, I should show the good and the bad. I've done enough daily projects over the years to  know that when I start something new I'm frequently disappointed with my early attempts. Yet if I can push through the early fumbling there's always the possibility to learn something. Not only learn a new technique or process and with continued practice master it, but also learn something about myself in the process.

My first daily project was a daily photo blog, omg! The first few weeks were extremely difficult but slowly it became more and more comfortable and after six years of daily photos I lost my interest.

In 2010 I did a mono print a day for the month of March. The first thirty days I did a circle in black on a twenty inch square of white linen. As I did them I learned how much paint, the best way to apply the paint, and how to get the fabric down without extra smudges and fingerprints. I ran out of linen and I wanted the last one to be big! So it was printed on a 52" square of cotton. If I had not done the first thirty prints I would never have known how to do the big one. The blog post with a picture of all thirty prints is here. This is the big one.

Monoprint #31

I've done daily stitching for over seven years, along with weekly stitching projects. They have all come with their own learning curve.

This brings me to my current 71 days of Mark Making. 71 days to commemorate my 71st birthday the day after I finish. I'm doing it because I have been enamored with some of the mark making posts I've seen on blogs and Pinterest. The ones that interest me the most are black on white and frequently a free form squiggle or shape. I have never been able to stick with any sketchbook or journaling for more than a few days, so my goal is to do 71, I'm on 24 which for me is a record. I've grouped the pictures so you don't have to scroll through 24 of them.

Done with India ink and a scruffy brush.
More India ink with a different brush.
The two on the left  with a brush, bottom right a straw, top right a charcoal pencil.
Pitt pen
A Pitt pen.

They look better in groups.
I've learned that doing what looks like an effortless squiggle is not easy. I've also realized that the people that are doing these have made more than one and for many of them it's a part of their everyday artwork. Instead of struggling and trying to do someone else's marks I've decided to make marks that I'm comfortable with and will work on loosening up.

I finished the Indigo Shibori quilt.

I've started playing with some of the wet cyan prints I did last fall.

Weekly Leaf #4

Before stitching

After Stitching

2018 daily Stitching

More french knots. 

I'll be linking up to "Off the Wall Friday"and "Slow Sunday Stitching"