Friday, December 31, 2010
This one used the most ravely pieces of upholstery weight fabric (the light yellow), and I kept all those tangled pieces on the edge and even ended up referring to them in the six words chosen for the piece. The two crossing pieces on top the blue and yellow are my hand-dyes, the rest commercial cottons.
Trying To Be Sunny
Tangled Instead" Funny how these words kind of sum up the past year in a way...
Thursday, December 30, 2010
This is the 38th in the year long series.
Words say: Decision Time Easy. Black And White. This was from the week that I decided that I would go ahead and have my hip surgery.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Words say: "Seeing Through To What Is Underneath". Stitched words, with bubble wrap quilted onto the top of the quilt sandwich. The bubble wrap was a little hard to stitch, but not too bad if I went slowly. Sure squeaked a lot more than I thought it would!
Monday, December 27, 2010
Finally Finishing Work Worth The Time". And yes, I'll be posting pictures of the pieces I did actually finish which these words refer to, ones that had been hanging around in the finish-ASAP-pile for an embarassingly long time.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
I made only a very few attempts at sewing in October besides the six-word memoir quiltlets. First of all, I made this Halloween House quilt block for my Halloween Houses quilt-in-progress. Yes, it is definitely supposed to wonky. No I didn't measure or use a pattern. I like this fabric combination a whole lot. I've found there are two distinct colorways in my personal Halloween fabric collection. The slightly dusky, muted, yet still bright and then the just plain obnoxious, almost too bright. Turns out they are hard to combine. Going forward on this project I may have to rethink using them all together. Or maybe one side of the quilt can be bright, and the other side can be dusky.
That makes 8 total house made now. This Halloween Houses quilt is really taking a while to come together. I know, I know, I write about it every year. Some year (hopefully soon) I'll make a big effort and actually finish it. (Hey, I have almost a year to get it done, right?!)
I especially still want to make houses with pictures of my boys in the costumes I've made them over the years in the doorways and windows. Until then, it makes a nice, colorful, seasonal decoration in the studio when there isn't much else up on the design wall.
Speaking of costumes I was only asked to make two this year for my son Alex and his friend CJ. Alex found me the pattern online and we made these so he and his buddy could go as Finn the Human and Jake the Dog from their favorite cartoon show Adventure Time. Have you ever seen this show? It is deeply strange, and very funny. I can see why they like it!
I had to do something with my favorite orange t-shirt, the collar was frayed all of a sudden. The rest of it still looked fine. This was one I overdyed a while ago, I think it used to be bright yellow and got very faded, very quickly, but the fabric was still in very good shape .
Saturday, December 04, 2010
This six word memoir quiltlet is the 35th in a year-long series. It was done in the same manner as the last ATC's I made to trade at CQFA in September. Just in a much bigger size than an ATC.
I wrote the words: "Giant ATC memorializing trading with friends" on a piece of rice paper, tore the edges and then glued it into the plastic slide sleeve. I like how the glue made it a bit transparent in some spots.
Friday, December 03, 2010
Starting right back in with the year-long series of six-word quiltlets. Yes I'veactually kept up with them and am excited to get back to sharing them with you now. This one is from the week of 8/29 and is the 34th of the year.
The words say: "I'm always watching, waiting, wishing, hoping." Written on paper, colored with colored pencil, glued on top of rice paper, then glued onto a piece of a leather sample journal cover which I picked up from FabMo, then stitched down with two buttons with orange thread.