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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Birthday Postcards


My Panthers are being embarrassed by the Colts so today I finished these two postcards.
I wanted to do a more masculine sort of birthday card with browns and blacks. I used the same railroad knitting yarn that I used in my "eyes" triptych, stamped happy birthday in gold and copper metallic, then added some beads and a decorative stud. These pictures are really dark but if you click on them you can see more detail.
Not my favorite for a birthday card but I think I achieved what I set out to do.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Autumn Jewels

And now, I present to you.......Autumn Jewels!!


Yes, it is finished. (Well except for a bit of hand stitching on the back.) I did learn a lot while making this little quilt. It measures 9"x12" without the beaded fringe. I think it does give you the impression that the topmost leaves are the farthest away and that is what this little quilt was about - perspective. I have already started on my next little quilt and it will have a winter theme. Oh, here's a close up if you want to see a bit more detail.

It has been raining almost all day. We do need it so badly. I even turned the heat on today as the temperature has dropped considerably as well.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

It's Raining!

Yipeee and yahooooooo! Finally, we have a measurable amount of rain here. You can almost hear the grass and trees sighing in relief. I never thought I would be so happy to see it rain. :o)

Monday, October 22, 2007

Quilted


I have finished the quilting on the leaves quilt. Next - adding embellishments. I think all I am going to do with this one is add some beads to the leaves and do a beaded fringe along the bottom. (You can click on the photo to see a larger picture)
I am still not happy with how bright the yellow is - it really jumps out at you, doesn't it? Ahhhh, but that is what this is all about, learning to work with color. So, lesson learned. I will enjoy having an autumn quilt to hang at any rate.
All the cities nearby are on mandatory water restrictions since we have had so little rain. We have a well and I am hoping it keeps on keeping on for us. Several people in the area have had their wells dry up. I am doing what I can to conserve, I hope everyone else does the same.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Quilt Show & Postcards


I attended the Quilting In The Piedmont Quilt Show in Greensboro yesterday. Lots of pretty quilts there. This is a small show but close by and I do love to check out the vendors. I managed to sneak in a few goodies to play with - some angelina fibers, a few batiks, and some foam painting tools to use with my paint stiks.




I finished up these postcards for an anything goes swap on Art We Mail. I thought it would be nice for everyone to find a "smile" in their mailbox.

We had a little much needed rain Friday. Just enough to wet the ground but we will take any moisture we can get right now.

Have a great Sunday!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Windows To The Soul

Hi! While I am allowing my leaves quilt to "cure" for a bit, I made another set of triptych inchies.

I have heard it said the eyes are the window to the soul, hence the name of this one. This postcard started with a picture of my bulldog mix Lola.

I made a cut out of her eyes in my photo editing program, altered it until it was the size I needed, then traced it on to white fabric. I free motion machine embroidered the main outlines and wrinkle lines, then colored it using Pigma and Gel Pens. The background is a postcard background made with railroad knitting yarn I picked up at the local Wally World on clearance for $1. I rather like how this one turned out.

This was greeting me when I arrived home this evening. If you recall we have had NO rain here lately. You can see just how dry things are around here by the leaves lying on the ground around the flower. It just amazes me that this little thing was able to push through the dirt which is like concrete now and be so pretty. Ahhhh, Mother Nature is just amazing, isn't she?

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Progress

I have made a little progress on my leaves quilt. I have to say, I am not loving it. I think I am going to let it cure for a while and let it tell me what else it needs. The yellow leaves seem too bright to me - maybe quilting with a darker thread would tone it down some? Hmmmmmm.

Inchies By The Sea

The theme over at Inching Artists this week is "Triptych Inchies". You can make triptych inchies using any theme.

Well now, since triptych isn't one of those every day words we use in Podunk USA, I had to rely on my dear friend Google to help me with this one. Ahhhhh, TRIPTYCH! I knew what it was, just didn't know the word for this art form. I sat down with my sketchbook (yes, I now have a sketchbook as a result of studying the Art Quilt Workbook, can't draw worth a darn but I have a sketchbook!) and bang, bang, bang - sketched out 3 ideas for triptych inchies. Here's the first one I sketched:I used Shiva Paintstiks to paint the background onto white fabric which had been ironed onto fusible Peltex. I then added some highlights and details with gel pens, fused a piece of fabric for the sailboat and the lighthouse, then finished the edges with a zigzag stitch. I had a 4x6 piece of Peltex close by so I fused the wood print fabric on to it, fused the inchies on to that and finished those edges with a decorative stitch. I think I am going to attach some blue wire to the top for hanging.

Friday, October 12, 2007

WIP

Hey look ya'll! I have my own street.

Not really, but it doesn't hurt to dream does it?

I injured my back last weekend and it kept getting progressively worse throughout the week. I finally gave up and went to the doctor Wednesday. Diagnosis - sprained lower back. Treatment - rest and heavy doses of medication.
Not a fun couple of days at Gr8dame's place.

So, unable to do much in the way of work I managed to make a little progress on some quilty art while sitting around.

This is the start of my first piece as a result of working my way through the "Art Quilt Workbook". The first "lesson" speaks of perspective and the different ways of creating perspective in your quilts.

I am having an affair with warm colors, particularly orange right now so decided to do something with leaves. It IS Autumn after all. :o)

Not sure exactly where I am going with this one but I am having fun with it right now. Each finished piece is supposed to be 9"x12".

More tomorrow if my back allows me.



Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Gardening (in the sewing room)















I didn't even bother with my herb garden this year as it was so dry even in the spring. I knew I wouldn't be able to keep up with the watering so decided not to plant. We have had so little rain, my oregano and rosemary look like the trees you see after a forest fire.

Soooo, I did a little gardening in my sewing room instead. I have had the background fabric for sometime (thanks Doris!). It was given to me as part of a hostess gift and since I love my herb garden I have been waiting for just the right inspiration to use it. I remembered these little brass gardening charms that have been in my sewing box for ohhhhhh probably 10 years and decided to put the two together.

Keep thinking positive thoughts of rain for me. :o)

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Book Love

I decided with my journey into making smaller quilts with a greater focus on art quilts I needed some guidance and/or inspiration. Soooooo, with a small bonus from work in the checking account I went browsing at amazon.com.
My books arrived yesterday and all I can say is wow! I am so glad I selected these books.


Creative Quilting: The Journal Quilt Project by Karey Patterson Bresenhan
Truly a feast for the eyes (and the imagination). Lots of beautiful eye candy and inspiration in these pages.




Art Quilt Workbook: Exercises & Techniques to Ignite Your Creativity by Jane Davila and Elin Waterston


This book is like a class in art quilt techniques. There are lessons with homework. When you finish the lessons you will have 6 or more completed pieces. I can't wait to get started on this one.



What is inspiring you today?

Thursday, October 4, 2007

I want to fly like an eagle...

Some of you may know I work with animals. The feathers in these cards are the result of a wing clip on a blue and gold Macaw. I thought the feathers were much too pretty just to toss away so I took a few and made these cards. I also tried a new free motion embroidery technique with the bird you see on two of the cards. I am not entirely pleased with the result but they will probably bring a bit of cheer to someone in the mail someday.

Inching Along


The theme over at Inching Artists this week is "Rust". I have never made inchies before - man! are they small! Here are my creations for this challenge.

For the first one I dug around in an old jewelry box and found this picture charm of me in the 2nd grade. You can't see it so well but the background has aged to a rusty color (that was ohhhh, about 36 years ago) and the shirt I was wearing had a rust colored stripe. I can even remember the rust colored elephant leg pants that my mother made me to wear with this shirt. LOL Does anyone else remember elephant leg pants?

The second one came from my husband's tackle box. Yes, I was digging around in his dirty, smelly tackle box around 10 pm one night and came out with this rusty old fish hook and the equally rusty old fly.

And the third one is just some rust colored leaf buttons and a bit of rust hued wire.

I had a lot of fun with this challenge and learned a bit as well.

This and That



I attended a street festival in Greensboro this past weekend and picked up this sticker. My boys said it was me. I am a HUGE iced tea drinker and thought it was pretty neat.


In the mail this week were two postcards from a birthday swap I am in. The one on the left with ducks is from Rayna and the center one is from Mary.

I am very excited about my order of clear envelopes in the picture on the right. It is from http://www.clearenvelopes.com/ and is the perfect size for postcards. I often worry if all my beads and such are going to survive the mail system and I don't like to "hide" my cards in an envelope. (They have something to say, you know.) These will come in very handy.

Made a trip to Hobby Lobby today and purchased quite a few fun things for postcard and mixed media making. Every single thing I bought was at least 30% off. Doncha just love a good sale!

Pray for rain everyone. On the weather report this evening our county is under "exceptional" drought conditions. Worse than extreme, we get "exceptional". I can't even remember the last time it rained here.

Later...















Monday, October 1, 2007

October


Happy Fall, ya'll!


I have to say fall is my most favorite time of the year. I love the colors and crispness of the air. For some reason, I have always felt that this time of year signaled a time of new beginnings for me. I seem to be more motivated and creative now than in the spring. Hey, I never said I wasn't backwards, did I?


In the spirit of the season, I wanted to share this picture of a postcard I made. I really like this creation and am itching to do a larger (perhaps 11 x 17 or so) mixed media piece using the entire poem.