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 appliqu├ęd 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
week#29





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"

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Sewing together scraps

It has been hot here, hovering around 100 degrees (F) and projected to go over that today. I've been staying cool in my air conditioned sewing studio until almost 5pm then head out to the local pool to take an hour of water aerobics. The water feels so good.

One of my favorite things to do is to sew scraps together, I refer to it as mindless sewing and it's a great way to spend these hot days and to get rid of some of my stash. The scraps end up as quilt tops, I switch gears and do some simple quilting and then donate them. Some go to a children's cancer treatment center and others go to a local relief nursery or Project Linus. So my design wall has been busy this week. Here is how it looked at the start of the week.
The green one came down and up went a very colorful one.
Here's some closeup shots.




Then the cyanotype prints on the left came down and up went another in red, white and blue.
A few more blue strips were added to it and now it looks like this.
I have another pile of scraps in green and beige, but I think I'll make backings and quilt these first.

Weekly Stitching
Signs of Life: the five universal shapes.
Week #27




2017 Daily Stitching #2 days 24-30
   More french knots


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