Saturday, May 12, 2018
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Forget the dots, Joe wants roses. . . and other flowers! I had a piece of flowered Hawaiian shirt fabric but I needed a bigger piece. Off to JoAnns, lots of fabric on sale, it looked like they were clearing an old warehouse but I did find a nice new black background floral that looks good. It gives a nice contrast with the rose fabric underneath Joe. I'm thinking it will be the binding also.
Now to figure out how to stitch this. New needle for sure since this fabric is "tender".
Bobby is loving the warmer weather. Still hates the camera. He has a new neighbor, Chewy the shitzu pup. He looks like an Ewok but they had a fun wrestling session. They both needed to tussle and wear themselves out. Good times!
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Time will tell what comes about. This is Joe on the patio window. I put tracing paper over him and made a pattern. I am contemplating whether to make pattern pieces to go behind him or to just piece random dot patterns and let it fly but it would be fun to have flowers behind the print also. Time will tell, I don't think this will be boring.
Stitching continues on Kitchen Conversation which is about 3/4 done.
And in the backyard there was a Mexican standoff. The squirrels are in to teasing Bobby. If he figures out how to climb trees they are in serious trouble.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
I took this photo of me and Max from back in the day and changed it into this. See below. In 2015 I went to Quilt Surface Design Symposium (QSDS) for a master class with Rosalie Dace with various graphic fabrics, an old ripped flag, several old pairs of jeans (Goodwill), a large print of the photo on fabric and my sewing machine. A week later American Dream was pieced together. I bought it home and quilted it on my Sweet Sixteen. It toured Ohio in 2016 as part of Ohio Designer Craftsman Best of 2016 show. It has a copy of Skittles AQHA registration and 2 plastic horses in the pockets.
Someone told me they thought I would get in trouble for repurposing the flag. Seems to be a good graphic element to me.
Friday, March 30, 2018
Let's hope spring is finally on it's way. Rain for 2 days, sometimes a really hard rain. It rinsed off the winter crud. Hmm, I should have parked my car out in it. I did drive it in the rain last night coming home from Holy Thursday mass. We have a really beautiful celebration of the last supper with washing of the feet, mass and a candle lit procession out of the church with the host to the "Garden of Gethesamane". Lots of singing and ceremony. Very solemn.
Kitchen Conversation is humming along under the machine. The stitching is being done along the edges, this is where it gets tedious and critical. It's a bit of a job to keep the bulk of the quilt under control so I can stitch the outside of it and not mess up the finish. I want to fold the edges over for the finish so I am constantly checking that I have trimmed it correctly, otherwise I will have to take stitches out so I can trim the backing and batting to fold over smoothly. I know, I know, it's hard to explain unless you see how I work it.
In the meantime I am planning the next piece. I like to have a backup plan for the next one. I sent this image to Spoonflower. It will be printed on chiffon. I want to play with the transparency more. I found this picture of Joe theAppaloosa looking all soft. He was very picky about his riders but when he liked you he was good. Fortunately he grew to like me. It didn't hurt that I brought the carrots!