Sunday, December 26, 2010
I did get my quota of hats for the homeless done as well as baby sets , scarves, chemo caps etc. for the local hospital and I feel good inside for having achieved this.
I must admit that I have a list of things I have wanted to finish and in order to do someof the new things I want to do this year have to do two lists, one to finish and one to reward with a new project.
I will post my new system of time management before the first of the year.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I hand basted as shown below, then decided to cut the borders back to 2.5" and basted them down. I then added a braided upholstery trim to the front, carried it to the back and tacked it down. It makes a very nice finishing edge. I did the same for the kimono collar.
I am setting aside the ribbons and fabrics that I had intended to use to skirt this one for a future quilt along with some drawings, but must finish some more UFOs that are as large as this and need to be done.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
I also find that rather than wasting the thread and fabric that a large gorgeous pillow could result if I were fortunate enough to carry the design through, as it was one I had wanted to try for some time. It is not an orginal.
Yesterday I added six inch silk borders around the "T" shaped quilt and put a collar on. I had originally wanted to add pleated flowing skirts of silk from the edges and after it was laid out changed my mind over and over again. Now I have decided that I will wait and see as I can always add them later and make them truly a skirted edge.
I also wanted to silk ribbon embroider a floral arrangement similar to cherry or peach blossoms around the exterior as if they were falling from branches and add some small items such as little birds etc., but not sure what I should do at this stage as it is a wall quilt. It is very heavily encrusted.
The original pattern belongs to a quilt block of a month series from Victoria Adams Brown of http://www.ribbonsmyth and it was so beautiful to work with. I received mine as a gift and I worked on it for more than two years to make all of the work my own as well as taking the ideas and instructions from the wonderful handouts that Vicki added with each block.
I decided that I did not want this to stretch so used warm and natural batting behind it and to date have tacked it with long running stitches every two inches so that it does not move and will now proceed to think of how I truly want to finish this quilt. I have felt wonderful working on it and did most of the work on a fold out fabric board over my ironing board so that I could bring the quilt to my level.
I have decided to use a small oriental inspired bead or miniature butterflies to secure all of the blocks so that they do not move around. I can do this from the front and have it go through all layers as I have enough of the silk left to back it with. I chose a fawn beige silk that has some stiffness to it and it does bring out all of the colours. I was first going to use black.
After perfectly mitering the inner corners under the arms I am tempted to now go in and add a piece of fabric to bring it out to the arms edge, perhaps in a darker brown, and this would allow the break that I want to make the kimono look like it is walking in through a door.
I will lay the whole quilt onto the dark silk and see what it looks like. This has now given me more ideas on how I would finish blocks that do not belong to any set pattern and are all stitched and sitting in a safe box in my sewing stash.
I am proud to say after almost eleven years of doing blocks I finally have a quilt that will have all of my own work in it. I also have a collection of oriental fabrics that will go into a fan quilt that will not be as decorated as this one as I want to be able to drape it so heavy encrusting would be out of the sorts, and I do want it to be all mine with seams done in the " Carole Samples " style of quilting. I also draw inspiration from J. Marsha Michler books as well as my books from all of the quilting artists out there.
A special bouquet to Sharon B., Allie in Stitches, Jo in NZ, for trying to make us the best at what we do and, of course, to my mentor Vicki whose choice of colour and design have taken me from upholstery fabrics to silk.
I will share some before pics and then add the others as the day progresses.
Friday, May 28, 2010
I should be ashamed to admit but all that these two needed were to be sewn together and have their necklace portion added.
The champagne coloured one is a bride's bag and the gold one is a swag bag. I love knitting them and have a few more I would love to do when time permits.
I chose to use the lace that I hand coloured with pastel oils in three shades. I beaded around the cab and added dimension. I did a few beaded seams and added some sparkle and as Kathy used butterflies I wanted to continue that theme as well. I also chose to do a silkribbon rose. I truly loved the challenge of what to do with a face, and now I would not hesitate to use lace cut outs as a swirling spring setting.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Kathy's beautiful surprise block turned into a Queen for a round robin.
I truly loved dressing the silk and working some of my own techniques on this gorgeous block and it has made me want to play doll's and dress silkies in this way now.
Beautiful idea Kathy, I have to try this one on a silkie as well.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Time to take more time for myself
Friday, March 05, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
An African mask that I beaded with size 11 multicoloured and abalone style beads and then used some gun metal type size 6 beads for eye collages. I then outlined the complete mask with kreinik metallic braid in overdyed golds to oranges.
A collage of leopards peeking out from behind a cave. I used black anchor floche to outline the leopards and would, if this were my block, trapunto the leopards, by slitting the back lining and inserting some padding.
Also at this stage. I allowed the branches to fall onto the opposite block where the african beautiful lady is started.
I chose to also put a line of orange metallic rick rack and beaded the tops and bottoms.
Personally, I fell in love with this piece of ruffling and have had it for some time now and felt it would look wonderful on a curved seam. I then went back in with size 11 mill hill metallic green beds and tacked down the ruffle on the edge.
The line that is showing above is herringbone stitch in wildflowers by caron in the colour brass. I then went in with metallic dmc harvest and later added a bead at each straight stitch.
This was my first start and favourite piece of the whole block to work on. I chose to use graduated french knots using black anchor floche and allowed it to follow the lines of the hair and become three dimensional. I then added a spangle with seed beads for an ear ring. I used a solid colour in both green and orange for following the lines on the hair band and on the waist of the dress.
Overview of completed block that is leaving tomorrow to go to Marianna's for her artistic talents.
Friday, February 05, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
When I started to piece this block I was scared as I am not a paper piecer, let alone a fabric paper pieced block, and dh looked at me strangely. He said wow, that is some block when it was pieced as he said he did not know what I was doing with all the fabrics, that seemed to be flipping over one and another. I am impressed.
I chose the bright colours as a fan to me is radiant and should show through and in the dull winter days something sure has to sparkle. I added all seams with krenik metallic threads. I then beaded them in size 12 to larger beads. After adding the lace at the bottom which was so much a part of the fan, I decided that a butterfly and handmade pansy were the only embellishments I needed in the wedge part of the fan.
I wanted to do some silk ribbon work so chose to do a variety of different flowers that I enjoy making and haven't made in a while. I also chose to put a pearl angel that I had made into a pink cluster of silk ribbons as it looks like she is flying down the fox glove to the ground.
Hope you enjoy this as much as I did piecing and thanks for the challenge. This one will be mailed out on Saturday.