Wednesday, November 05, 2008

I am on call for the hospital tonight. I spent most of the day trying to quilt on a customer quilt on lily, & Lily isn't in the mood apparently, because she keeps skipping stitches. I've put a cry for help out to Megan Best, but told her not to call tonight as I could get called in at any time.
I spent the evening wasting time in front of the TV. I watched a few 3rd Rock From the Sun reruns, & flipped to election results during commercials. It was interesting watching history in the making. Obama & McCain's speeches were both very moving. It was odd seeing them an hour before the voting even ended here in Alaska. Not that it would make any difference, Alaskans vote pretty consistently. Our senator Stevens was just convicted of federal offences of fraud in Washington DC, & Alaskans re-elected him anyway. Go figure. I guess they won't be changing the name of the Ted Stevens International Airport.
Yesterday I did a little thread play on another class sample, & "Time" project, for a show I'll be a part of next July. This blah looking thing is all thread, stitched on a wash-away stabilizer, using Grilon thread in the bobbin. The Grilon is heat sensitive, so after I washed out the stabilizer, & let the piece dry, I then heated it with a heat gun to shrivel up the piece & give it more texture.
I then cut it into bits, & stitched it on to this piece.
Here is a close up of the area as it is after adding some beads too. The dark gray bark looking texture is Xpandaprint, a heat sensitive goo that I'd painted on to the surface a few weeks ago. I may yet add some moss to it.
There is more work to be done, but I had hoped to get going on the customer quilt. I had tried to start it earlier, & had trouble with the thread shredding. I thought it was a rotten spool of thread, but now that's fixed & the stitches are skipping. Sigh!!!
Oh well. I'll have it done before Christmas if I have to use my Bernina!!!!
Thanks for all the kind comments on my postings. I feel very fortunate to have the freedom to spend time being creative. I have the best husband in the world, & I am very spoiled.


Delighted Hands said...

Beautiful the colors! Skipped stitches usually means wrong needle in a sewing machine-I would KNOW this if I was sewing but still too new to frame quilting to help! Hope you work it out.

Deb Geyer said...

What's going on with your machine? Can I help?

Shirley Goodwin said...

This is lovely, Deb.

Michelle said...

That is beautiful!

Gaia Quilter said...

Your "time" piece is beautiful, can't wait to see it finished.