Friday, July 19, 2019

Jacket Reparo

(Yes, the title of this post is a Harry Potter spell reference.)

I had my mother's sweatshirt jacket on my to-do pile. The central motif on the back had deteriorated and she had given me a handkerchief she bought in Australia. The colors matched perfectly and the batik patterns match up pretty well too.

Since the remains of the kitchen towel motif she'd chosen originally had come apart it was a little lumpy. To take care of that uneven surface and to stabilize the kind of insubstantial compared to batik fabrics handkerchief I used some steam-a-seam on the back of it. This seemed to help, it didn't make it too stiff, and after applying I stitched it down with a matching thread to blend it in. It looks a bit newer than the batiks, but I think overall it works pretty well.

I gave it back to my mom yesterday for her birthday, and she was very pleased. A bit of a re-gift I guess, but she was very happy with how it turned out.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Media Before and After

In making an ICAD piece every day I'm starting to notice how much of a difference there is before and after applying water to the watercolor pencil marks on the paper. Now since this isn't watercolor paper, it's acting very differently than you'd expect. The pigment stays put a lot more, sometimes more than you want. Because the index card paper can't stand up to a lot of force like watercolor paper can.
 Sometimes I like the way it looks before more than after, but not usually. And I can always go back over it when it's dried a bit. I guess I'm just noticing that it's fun playing around with media I'm already familiar with, but using it on a different surface.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Wandering Wednesday - King's Beach

 Post-Sunset pictures from King's Beach in North Lake Tahoe. We took a little too long eating our fabulous pizzas at Whitecaps. If you go, try the Arugula Bacon Peach that has:
applewood bacon, summer peaches, fresh arugula, gorgonzola, balsamic drizzle, whole milk mozzarella. OMG was it ever good. You've heard of the Should Pineapples Be On Pizza debate, in my opinion there's No Debate with this peach pizzas.
 After such a crowded day at the beach, it was so lovely and quiet walking along the shore.
 The colors got softer and softer.
 The black sand on the beach was beautiful mixed in with all the other colors.
And at the end of the pier, the love locks have made an appearance.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

On The Wall Now

What's on my design wall? A whole lot at the moment. Six out of ten of my finish-a-long Q3 list. In the foreground is another one. It's a lot of color, isn't it? It is a lot better than a blank white space on the wall. I like seeing it all at once, like a visual to-do list. And to me, it looks like it was made by the same person.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Q3 Finish-A-Long

Here's my list of ten (count them, ten!) proposed finishes for the third quarter of 2019 for the Finish-A-Long.

1. When the Weekend Whatever comes back from the quilter it will need the binding sewn down and a label.
 2.Slurpee Squared needs hand-stitching on the added edges, facings, a sleeve and label.
 3. Another 2005 blast-from-the-past, is the Celestial Round Robin. It needs to be basted, quilted, binding and label.
 4. May You Ever Return - This one is the least put together on this list, but I want to have it done in time for the Rosalie Dace class in September.
5. Body Double needs the edges finished in some way that hasn't been determined, and then a sleeve and label.

6. Technology's Spine - needs some hand stitching, binding, sleeve and label.

7. The quilt I'm making for the Sister Artists (that is due in August) that will feature this embroidered piece.
 8. Color Collusion - finish quilting, bind, sleeve, label.
9. Shenzhen Skies -  finish quilting, bind, sleeve, label.

10. A shirt of some kind made out of this fabric.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

ICAD - Fourth Ten

 A lot more collage in this group. Sometimes I just get on a roll with that, or the stuff is still out on my worktable so I just dive in instead of putting it away.






This collage is a little free floating, the pieces aren't all glued down completely so it looks even more dimensional in person.
 I thought the back of this card was interesting too.



Friday, July 12, 2019

Weekend Whatever




Way back in 2005, I did a mystery quilt from the now-defunct website Quiltaholics, it was designed by DebLynnK. That finished quilt top has sat in my to-finish box for 14 years. It's certainly not the best thing I've ever done, and it's terribly scrappy, but it still looks like me because of the fabric choices. It's gotten pulled out of the box and is off to be quilted.

I made the backing and used up a lot of random fabrics for that to continue the scrappy look from the back.

This is going on my FAL for Q3. Because it'll come back from the quilter and all it'll need is the binding sewn down...