Wednesday, February 28, 2007

It has been snowing, so I have been working in my studio. The latest creation is my version of Dancing Tree by Caryl Bryer Fallert. As always I took the pattern and made it my own. It is a very simple silhouette of a tree. I started by taking a piece of my hand marbled fabric (Ugly Duckling in the Freestyle design) I did some free motion stitching on it to bring out some of the lines. Followed by cutting out the tree silhouette/border and attaching that on top. then it was fun and experimenting with free motion stitching. Is it finished? I have no idea. My brain has a habit of coming up with things while I'm asleep.
My husband call this on the "Haunted Tree" and I call it "Sunrise on Venus"

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

You could say I really had one of those days yesterday. I wanted to get some photos posted of my latest project. I got it all set up for photos an then discovered the battery was dead. So I went outside to play with the dog and it started rain sideways. And then it just went downhill from there.

But today is a new day and the sun is out. And here is my latest project. I combined hand marbled fabric with some bleach discharge, hand dyed fabric and some freehand machine stitching. I used 4 Fat Quarters of hand marbled fabric in Chocolate Brown. I chose it after doing the bleach discharge, because you never know just what you will get until it's done. I used ferns from my yard and stitched a vein with a shiny Gold thread, on them to bring them out a bit. It needed a little punch so I found the Orange/Yellow hand dyed fabric in my stash. And then outlined it all with black. I'm really happy with the overall effect and even better it is comfortable to wear. And now hopefully now I am out of my brown phase.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Gosh, I sure have neglected my blog. But then life happens on occasion and runs right over the top of you. I needed to make a fabric delivery to the La Conner Quilt Museum last week. A delivery it always a wonderful excuse to see the quilts currently exhibited. I am always inspired. But I really face the problem of far to many ideas and just not enough time. I'm lobbying for a 26 hour day so that I would have 2 hours solely to create.

But back to the Museum. The 3rd floor exhibit was a Portrait Quilt Challenge. Because I travel around with my marbled fabrics I have the opportunity to view a lot of shows and see other quilters work. Several of the quilts really reminded me of a number of people I have met. And the fun part was I have met some of the quilters. It was very interesting to view what they had included in their pieces.