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~having time to quilt.
The schnibble quilting is proceeding, only, I have used up all the pale aqua silk thread and will need to order another. Unable to finish the inner border, I started on the blocks. I quilted 3 columns of holly leaves and am doing straight line quilting in the other 3 columns. It takes time, though, and my shoulder aches. I think the table I set Nina on is too high. :-(
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Fabrics I may add to the Tournesol quilt.


hand pieced stars = 4.
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...my nest is best! Am returned from spending a few days at home, unexpectedly, and everything has gone well. Source is always so good to me! Am grateful for it.

My geraniums have 5 big, beautiful flower heads glowing in this morning's sun--pompoms, no?


Here are another 6 'flowers' ready for the Quilts Japan project I'm calling Tournesol b/c I have no Japanese and have no idea what they call it. :-) I spoke of it here

Oh. And a star. But that's for something else. ;-)

The quilting and design on the Free Spirit top is not forgotten, only 'percolating'. (Thanks to Be*mused for that great word--fits so well, no?) À bi!

Pushing on

Jul. 8th, 2011 10:43 am
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As you see, I decided to push on with a couple projects. On the left is the Free Spirit top basted and ready for hand quilting. Previously, I used those curved quilter's pins but disliked them. They make big holes in the fabric and you have to 'twiddle' over with a needle tip to close up, as well as holes in your finger tips trying to close the *!>?* things! Also, they snag the quilting thread leik woah. Yesterday, through blog-hopping, I had one of those Oh--helvete! moments. Why *pin* when I can thread baste the way tailors do--herringbone stitch! Why I did not remember this?! This technique should also allow me to hand quilt sans hoop. I confess, I can not get on with a hoop.

The baby quilt I spoke of was a big hit and I was asked to make a second, similar one. (And even offered money!) There it is being prepped for reverse applique. The first one (which I realise I made and sent so quickly I have no photos of it. Faen.), I made as outlined in Quilt mania Nr 66; that is to say, as square blocks. Rather than repeat that exactly, I went for a freer setting--plop the stars onto a cut of yardage marked up to size and reverse applique them in.

Ah ça, time's up--back to it. :-)
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Last eve, I found, and started reading Be*mused's blog, only, please do not ask me how I stumbled across her, b/c I could not remember! (through Flickr?? Something to do with Tokyo quilt exhibition??) I am very much enjoying her posts, and glad to see another quilter who openly admits to having projects 'off and on the back burner, percolating', as she expresses it. Percolating. I like that word. So expressive, no? :-) In future, I say my 'stuck' projects are 'percolating'! Thanks for that, Jan, (if I may call you that) So far, I'm at Oct 2009. It is so fascinating to me to read.

Also, she linked to Keiko Goke's blog and I've been looking back through that too. I say *looking* b/c, although there is Google translate, it is nonsensical. Nothing makes sense. Do you find this? It happens sometimes with Béa's blog, which is French. I have next-to-no French, as I've said before, but I try, and then fall about laughing at what Google translate occasionally makes of it. Ah ça! as manman (grannie) frequently exclaims. :-)

Finally, I finished piecing in the borders on this,

and have been thinking it needed something else. It is looking a tad spare. The more I look at it, on the floor beside me, the more I think so. What to add...? First thought was embroidery. Bees were suggested to me by S. Good thought, as the blocks remind me of icicle plant flowers.

Then, looking through my Quilts Japan magazines, I think 'dragonflies'. And then waterlily blossom--if only the ground had been blue instead of white--koi! Hmm, rein that back in. Ground is white-on-white. Work with what you have, H. So, bees. (and oblique Eddie Izzard reference. ^_^)

Or percolate some more, perhaps? :-)

Butterflies

Jul. 5th, 2011 09:59 am
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While on the train y/day, I stitched these into pairs; the hand equivalent of chain piecing. It was suggested to me that they look like butterflies.


Now they want centres, and then they look like this



This is the Quilts Japan version I emulate. (good word, that, emulate, no? *g*)
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I treated myself to this, b/c I haven't seen a copy 'in the flesh' before, and it looked full of interest. It is.


more, with photos of things in progress )

Lately...

Jun. 17th, 2011 11:53 am
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...am more about the doing than the blogging of it.



Current progress on one hand piecing project.
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Because I can not work on only 1 project, apparently


The drawn plan that seemed such a good idea at the time, for sticking chips onto, the easier to work out the color gradation, turned out not to be. The pieces are too small to accurately assess color/tone/hue/ when each block will finish 4". Am back to working gradations by eye and B/W setting on camera; slow progress is s l o w.
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4 more blocks to make and hand piecing can commence.


Seeing the layout at this scale, it reminds me of icicle plant flowers. That was how I knew them as small child. Every summer, papa would plant them around our small pool. Still I remember the green smell, and how the flowers would only open in the sun.
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Sets of 4 peaky-and-spike blocks, big and small.

more stars

May. 24th, 2011 10:33 am
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Almost complete.


I try for small stitches when I hand piece.
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When I signed up for Amy's One Thing, One Week challenge over on her blog, I thought all I lacked was some motivation to get my little piece bound off. And then the universe decided a few surprises were in order! Some fun, some not-so-fun, but I'm here. I did it!

This is the completed panel, bound off. Made from 2" squares in a colorwash of Spring sky blues, is base for mixed media work panel.

Looks simple, no, to bind that off?



What held me back was that I wanted the binding to change where the colors did; from light to medium, medium to darkest, and so on, around the edge. Took me a while to figure out, but I got there. Now for something else new; I start the mixed media surface work. :- ) Fun, no?

Many thanks to Amy for the motivation, and I hope your energies are rising again after your recent virus. :- )

Challenge

Mar. 22nd, 2011 08:25 am
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So much to do today. This is me getting on with it!




At the machine by 0810. Dimly, behind the machine, you can see (or maybe not) the next project waiting its turn. It is the ground for 'Drifting: spring' waiting its binding. I challenged myself to do that for Amy's 'One Thing, One Week' challenge. Then I can start the surface work.

Be productive today, friends, in whatever you do! :- )

Deflated

Mar. 20th, 2011 04:39 pm
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This I found while going through fabric and drawers. Is it odd that I forgot I start it?




But then, I deflated and stitched it to see if I could. :- ) Fun, no? Is a penrose tesselation. Am not sure how much bigger it will become--I have the screen shot from a portion of the deflation saved to a pen drive--but I know I want it to be blues and yellows.
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...is hand piecing stars!



The stars are shot cotton, so they 'twinkle', okay, change color as you move round them. :-) The black is not really black, more a kinda mottled blue/black.

Now away to starch more fabric to make another 8!

Thank you for visiting, and here's your doorway back to what everyone else is getting up to at Kootoyou. I'm loving the little previews! :- )
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As you can see, I've had to lay aside the feathered star that I'm quilting (and my other little WIPs!) to make a new project.

It is:
~ hand pieced
~ my first foray into solids--do colourshott fabrics *count* as solids?
~ a special gift
~ against the clock. I have to make, quilt and ship it as soon as may be. Wish me luck!
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I have dose of'the mehs' towards my projects at the moment. I have a 31" feathered star wallhanging under the needle for ditch quilting that I intended to have completed in february. Then I could stay I had started and finished it in a month--go me! Other 'Stuff' got in the way. This morning, I decided to buckle down and get it done.



Three minutes of stitching in, I broke the needle and a piece hit me just under my left eye! Faen.

Ever wonder if the universe is trying to tell you something?

Maybe I should try some simple piecing instead...
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...is not always what you get. Hand piecing my first topper was such fun, I decided on another. Deep in the stash, I had some Free Spirit fat eighths, hoarded these many years. I picked my two favourites, added some white-on-white, and last night got this far.



Better light this morning confirms what I began to feel last night--it doesn't work, and I don't like it. The hex fabric is my favourite, and the yellow print dominates, draws the eye. Not what I saw in my head. Not to worry--I had an Idea but it means I have to draw a couple templates. Also, the star is now feathered and waits a mitred border. So, two more firsts for me today. Fun, no?

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