Thursday, August 17, 2017

Quilting spirals, another kitten and eclipse guests

A very quick post today, we are getting eclipse ready! By the time Sunday is done we will have 16 family and extended family members  here ready to view the total eclipse from our yard on Monday morning. The first two arrived on Monday, the rest will be coming at various times over the weekend. We've been stocking up on food and beverages, cleaning and finding space for everyone. We expect to have a great time!

The last two kittens will be going home with my granddaughter, one for her and one for a friend of hers. She is here now and is totally in love with them both. Last Saturday we had another kitten show up and she decided that this was where she wanted to live. We've named her Missy and after eating a lot she came into the studio and made herself very comfortable on the ironing board and slept for five hours.

I'm beginning to think we were meant to have kittens in our life, they most certainly have been fun.

I've had a bit of time to do some quilting on a quilt that has been waiting its turn since early spring.

2017 Weekly Stitching
Signs of Life:The five universal shapes

Some blue stitching was added this week.

2017 Daily Stitching #2 days #66-72

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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cutting and reassembling another failed print

Several years ago I purchased a sewing machine for $5 at a yard sale and put it away in Studio B. My plan had been that it could possibly work for one of my granddaughters, that is until I went looking for it earlier this week and can't find it. There are only a few places in the studio where I could have put it and it's not there. I think it must have ended up in the donation pile when I did a major studio cleanup a few years ago. Oh well, it was a good idea.

I did come across another piece of  deconstructed screen printed fabric that had some problems. I took a picture and it looks pretty good until you get close.

It is silk noil and a bit nubby and I don't think the fabric got saturated with enough dye to go thru all those little nubs, and it also looks like it had some wrinkles. I cut it into 5" squares, got rid of some of the worst spots and played around with the layout.  I really had fun taking pictures of different versions of it on my cell phone in black and white.

The final version that I just finished sewing together looks like this.

Weekly Stitching
Signs of Life:The five universal shapes
week #32  more seed stitching in the background

2017 Daily Stitching #2 days-60-65

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

Friday, August 4, 2017

Good year at the fair

The first week of every August is the Washington County fair in the very small town of Cambridge, ID. I usually take a few things up to the fair but never actually go to the fair, taking entries up on Tuesday before it is open and picking them up the following Monday after it's closed. This year I was asked to volunteer for the floral intake which was on Thursday. It was a fun experience and I've already volunteered to do it again next year. We spent the morning assisting those bringing in floral entries and then spent the afternoon following the judge around assisting her and recording the results of the judging. Being there also gave me the opportunity to check out the items that I had brought in on Tuesday because they were judge on Wednesday. I did very well.

I took in six items and got six blue ribbons and a couple of big ones on the two daily stitching projects from last year.

My garden is doing quite well this year and I have one large surprise plant, a pumpkin that came up on its own. I know that there were pumpkin seeds in the compost pile, so I think that's where it came from. It has completely taken over one of my raised beds and this morning I put a bit of a support system together to hold up the two pumpkins that were hanging over the edge.

In the studio I finished quilting the green quilt made from pole wrapped shibori fabrics.

Weekly Stitching
Signs of Life: the five universal shapes
Week #31
This group of five is in a different order and I'm working on the entire piece each week.

So far I've couched down the #3 weight red pearl cotton, machine appliquéd the black shapes down because when I tried to hand stitch them the faux suede upholstery fabric was a bit too thick and very tough to stitch. I'm now adding some random stitching to the background.

2017 Daily stitching project #2, days 52-59
This photo was taken with my camera, the photo below was taken with my iPhone. The iPhone takes much clearer pictures than my camera.

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

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A few pieces finished

This week I finished a few pieces, the green silk piece is done except for the sleeve.
35"H x 38"W

Have no idea what to name it. It was dyed using thickened dyes and originally was going to be a whole cloth quilt(back in 2009 when I did it). I wasn't thrilled with it after dying it and put it in my reject basket. Earlier this year I pulled it out, cut it up into squares and rearranged them.It's still not one of my favorites but at least I'm happier with this version.

I finished the hand stitching on a small piece of vintage fabric that had been rusted and tea dyed.

I plan to mount this on to a canvas and have been auditioning colors to paint the canvas.

I've chosen the middle color and have one coat of paint on the canvas. I've started stitching a companion piece that was dyed at the same time.

Also got two of the donation quilts quilted and bound.

Weekly Stitching
 Signs of Life: the five universal shapes.
wk #30

Thirty weeks 

The next group will be  bit different. I've ripped a piece off of this canvas that I have had in Studio B for several years. I would pull it out every once in a while and add something to it, after some recent additions I called it done.
I ripped about nine inches off the left side because I didn't care for the red in the upper corner. I will use part of what I ripped off. The shapes will be appliquéd on and for them I'm using some faux suede upholstery samples that I've been saving for over twenty-five years. Time to use them or get rid of them.

I'm not sure what I'm doing yet but I have faith that it will somehow come together. 

2017 Daily Stitching #2, days 45-51

Lots more french knots

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Slow week

I feel like I have nothing to share this week. I did finish the circles and X's from last week, have almost finished quilting the green silk piece and have five others ready to quilt, but no pictures of any of it.

Weekly Stitching
Signs of Life:The five universal shapes

2017 Daily Stitching#2  days 38-44

Lots more french knots.

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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Stitching circles and X's

This week I've been finishing up the quilting on this top.

I machine stitched circles around each colored circle and also at the intersection of each block. Now I'm hand stitching a circle inside each colored circle and X's on the connecting lines.

Only 3 more circles to go, then the facing, sleeve, label and I'll be done. 

I also made one more top from leftover scraps, these were gelli printed circles that had been cut into quarters and reassembled. This is the original that the leftovers were from.

Circles and Curves

 I've added some red borders and a circle print to make it bigger.

I now have six tops ready to quilt, I guess that's what I should do next. I have backings for each one, bindings ready to go and plenty of batting, the motivation is the only thing missing.

Weekly Stitching
Signs of Life: the five universal shapes week #28

2017 Daily Stitching #2 days 31-37

More background done and a couple of new shapes.

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