Thursday, February 02, 2017

Happy Ground Hog Day

It's so nice having a bathtub again, to do things like hang my Avocado dyed fabric. We've been eating a lot of Avocados lately. I love them, & we have been doing the Whole 30 diet. Avocados make me happy, & satisfied, & the pits & peels yield a soft pink dye. It always amazes me the different colors you can get from things. Someone could probably explain the science behind it, but I just like to think of it as magic.
I took a little walk outside this afternoon, & enjoyed the views.


I feel very lucky to live in this beautiful place.



Thursday, November 03, 2016

Part 4-Crazy Qult

Back home from our trip to Disneyland & Port Townsend. The following are what progress was made while on vacation. These 3 lacey pieces were painted/dyed before the trip I used most of them on the quilt.
I hit the bead shop in PT & got a few new beads, shown below on the tips of the folded ribbon triangles on the left side of the picture.

Did some silk ribbon roses.

This Dragonfly below, was made from a bit of my own shibori silk hand dyed. I also got the little green triangular beads in PT, & put 5 of them together to make a little flower on the piece of dyed net for more texture.

Lots of buttons from my button jars were used.

I also found this beautiful glass dragonfly button in the same building behind the bead shop is a cool little yarn shop. They had these beautiful Czechoslovakian made glass buttons. Amazing how much money can be spent on such small items.

More buttons,& leftover bits & a ruched flower .

The trip was great, we had a much calmer vacation this time, & I was the only one that caught a travel bug, that lasted about 3 weeks. Doing fine now!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Crazy Quilt Dragonflies-Part 3

In preparation for our vacation trip, I decided to do some more machine stitching on the Dragonfly quilt, then will start embellishing with hand stitches tomorrow as we travel. I'm looking forward to doing the slow stitching. I so rarely find the time. I also have an issue with the thumb joint, that with too much hand work, it gets pretty painful, so I normally limit that sort of thing. Here it is as it looks now, & below are details of the seams that I will stitch & bead.







These last 2 photos are a wire ribbon flower I made, after watching a tutorial on a ribbon flower.
The 1st is the under-side.

I used some inks on it, to color it up a bit.  The tutorial used a smaller ribbon, without the wire, & did 25 petals. I pared this down to 17 petals, as it was tight enough with 17.

It will likely be mid October before I can post again, as I've never figured out how to post from my phone. Have a lovely autumn!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

ALCQ Quilt Show 2016 Part 1

I would love to post every picture I snapped at this years show for Anchorage Log Cabin Quilters, but I need to get to bed so I can get up for work in the early morning. I'm just going to share 2 things here.

This first photo is Gail Ramsey. Gail was our featured quilter this year. She is one of my favorites in our guild. She has a great eye for color & design, & a wonderful sense of humor & whimsy in her quilts. I Love everything she does. These are not every quilt she had hanging but about half-2/3? My very favorites are the old cars!
















The second thing I wanted to share tonight is that Carol's Quilt won a viewers Choice ribbon.



I promise this is the last time I'll make you look at it! Carl was tickled pink.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Part 2 Dragonflies Crazy Quilt Process

I attended a conference this weekend, & having ADD, it helps me to stay focused by keeping my hands working on simple tasks, so I brought the Dragonflies, & did some simple trim work, while listening to lectures all day.

The photo below is a single flat plaid ribbon, that I folded into points, & stitched down.

I inked in some of my quilting with just fiber pens.

Today I added another piece to the upper right corner. It just needed it.

I also colored 3 pieces of lacey things from my stash to be later included.

I auditioned them here.

I've gathered & packed floss & beads, & will pack it all along when we travel in a few weeks.  This is it for now, on this piece. Next week is our quilt show, so if yo happen to be in the area, come join us at the Phillips-Conoco Atrium, downtown on 7th & G Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 17 & 18.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Crazy Quilt -New Beginning

This was a maching embroidery piece that was made by my friend Carol Wight Jones, some time before she passed away. I've decided to turn it into a small quilt for the 2017 quilt auction, at the Log Cabin Quilt Guild.
I thought I would start sharing the process here. I've used some Pigma pens to add some background.

& then freemotion quilted on Hobbs wool batting & a layer of backing fabric behind it, leaving room around the edges for a crazy border.

I dug through some of my silky fabrics, & found some I thought would compliment the piece.

This is how it looked after stitching it down.

Next I am machine quilting. I will post the rest as I get it done. I hope to have the quilting done soon, so I can take this with me as my travel project for our next vacation & get all of the hand embellishing done on it!