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Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Needs More Days

Why can't there be a 32nd of August?  

More stitching on this weave.  Another hint too. Actually there appears to be a 2nd hint in the left corner....
What am I making???
This is with the big thread and the sewing weight....so far I like them both blending tog.
And the back of course so you can really see the stitches.
Stitching on batt is different than stitching through all 3 layers, fabric-batt-fabric.
I have been using the same needle I used for the thicker thread...harder to pull through even with the finer thread.  Stubborn batt.  Stubborn me for using a thicker needle.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Contests Get Me Started

Recently I saw a posting, probably on FB, about a Quilt Contest.  Probably the only kind I raise an eyebrow about, if I may be so honest.  The Quilt Alliance is having this contest...themed "Animals We Love".   Pix of my start will be below the text. I am not positive I will enter this one, as I didn't enter the last 2 contests that got me started, got my juices flowing, got me INTERESTED in....well....everything!

In 2009, I think, I came across a contest....go to this link to see all of that wall quilt I made and finished.

Way back in the 1970's there was another contest.  Make a quilt about California, I think. Or what the state means to you....something along those lines. Back then quilting was still all about piecing, sandwiching and hand quilting.  So I made up a center of Bear Paw blocks. Then I made up a whole bunch of Pine Tree blocks to go all around the center Bear Paws.  The fabrics for both blocks just leaped off the shelves and into my arms. 2 different prints for each. [Not a lot of choices back in the day]

I then wanted to do Flying Geese to represent the Pacific Flyway. The Bear Paw was for the state flag, the trees for the ...well....pine tress of which I love.  The final thing I wanted to add was something to represent the Poppy, the state flower.  Of course there were no patterns for that back then, so my mom helped me try to create one.  BUT...I just couldn't find fabrics that suited either the geese or the poppies.  I was stumped.  I was disappointed, I did not finish that quilt.  In fact I recently gave it to Goodwill, the whole bag of stuff, my pattern drawings, everything.  I know, terrible.  But it hung over me, and no one in the family gave a shit about it, didn't see the importance of it to me....Well, except Mom and she is gone.

So maybe the 3rd time is the charm, and I will complete this one AND enter it!




Cat Colors
My project-keeping was getting out of hand...and all those ceramic dishes were weighting a ton.

So I 'filed' the threads for the tree and river piece I have been working on.
Back to the "Cat".  
These are the colors of my cat, Precious. [daughter named her long ago]
All woven tog.  First line of stitching done. Heavy thread, not something I would usually start with..
have to show the back
I am stitching to Batt.
I love those colors of the thread on the right...but I wasn't loving how the fabric looked going the other direction. So I broke out the sewing thread, "Essential" from Connecting Threads.
I am stitching in the same direction, but at the other end of the 'squares'.
Picture of the heavy thread, the row in the second from the top of the picture, that I didn't care for.
I don't know how much of the quilt I can show you, the rules state that the Alliance gets copyright's to the final quilt, but the maker keeps copyright to the pattern.  But hopefully I can show you progress pictures....
Have you guessed what my Animal will be?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Garden Variety

OrangeBird.  On 'weave'. With braids.


I felt like working on the trees/river piece again....
...adding rocks and riverside bushes....
This piece is something you have to be up close to really see...so I wonder if changing the background 'Monet' type color-rich fabric for something a little more subtle...blah?  dull?
Not sure yet....But I sure love this one.
And for green-thumb proof....a zucchini, cherry toms, onions and parsley ALL grown by moi!!!
The cuke was about the same size as the zucc....no photo, I just ate it!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Yet Another Bird

BlueBird. 
French Knots. Other simple stitches.
On the wall with others.
I think I prefer the red bird done on 'woven' fabric...may have to tear the blue print up a bit..
Next Bird.  "Woven" strips of fabric. Pinned.
Backside.  Just because I like to show that part.
Was going to be a GreenBird on green fabrics....Changed my mind.  Now it's OrangeBird.
The weave all held tog with threads....
A pretty goofy looking thing for starters....but that beak made me happy, so I am sticking with this one. 
TTFN

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Birds--Flowers

Sunflowers are taller than me..


.....and my husband...as of 7-29.  
They are starting to petals...yellow ones!  Will photo those in a couple more days when they are more open.

The RedBird was moving right along.

And suddenly....it was finished!

Not sure how it will be 'framed'.  Might even press it first, get the embroidery hoop shape out.
The stitches became fabric themselves, it became easier and easier to stitch it. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Birds

I decided to add a bird to it.  Freehand, no lines pencilled in.
the back.  no other fabric. this might be sheet fabric, hard to stitch.
my carefully organized thread became a mess of fun....color...
the bird in 2 colors....
added a third color.
Blue bird on toile.
Nasturtiums on a wooden eagle.
All of these girls are now a year older....well except for the center baby, she hit the 1 year mark!
Meg is now 9, Lily is now 6, Rhiley is now 5, and Avery is now 3.  No more zero's for now.
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

I Broke The Law

"Collecting" the hummingbird feathers is against the law.  One passed in 1918.  I checked the list.. All the HB's I have seen here in WA, the Allen's or Anna's, and for sure the Rufous, are all on the list.  So I will take them back outside.  Any future findings, I will still photograph, but return to the great outdoors.

HUMMINGBIRD, Allen’s, Selasphorus sasin
Anna’s, Calypte anna
Antillean Crested, Orthorhyncus cristatus
Berylline, Amazilia beryllina
Black-chinned, Archilochus alexandri
Blue-throated, Lampornis clemenciae
Broad-billed, Cynanthus latirostris
Broad-tailed, Selasphorus platycercus
Buff-bellied, Amazilia yucatanensis
Bumblebee, Atthis heloisa
Calliope, Stellula calliope
Cinnamon, Amazilia rutila
Costa’s, Calypte costae
Lucifer, Calothorax lucifer
Magnificent, Eugenes fulgens
Ruby-throated, Archilochus colubris
Rufous, Selasphorus rufus
Violet-crowned, Amazilia violiceps
White-eared, Hylocharis leucotis
Xantus’s, Hylocharis xantusii

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Feather, Rivers & Trees

I found a second Hummingbird feather last night, the one with the white pin...can you see the green on it's tip? Enlarge the pic....it's amazing!!  BTW, the pins are large straight pins, not the usual sewers pins.

I added a bridge....and a pathway....
the path is long and windy...as in wind up, not wind up....
I then added a large tree down in front...
And am adding a second one....
This is fun!