flippytale Quilter

Art Journey with a Quilty Voice:
I here Voices. The Voices tell me to cut up Fabric. Good Fabric. Into small pieces. Small interesting pieces.
Then the Voices tell me to put them back together again. In interesting ways.
.... I must Obey ....

Monday, March 26, 2007

Some technical notes...

PS, I didn't actually stitch through the tissue paper, I used it to "trace it to memory" a few times before I stitched the real thing. I also had a practice piece that I do a few warm ups on before I got started each time.

Upper Left is an overall sketch, Upper Right is the nub I would practice sewing on, Below are the tissue drawings of how I wanted to quilt.
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Storm at Sea Pictures

Overall it still looks the same, but you can see evidence of beads and a binding. The centers of the Daylilies and Cosmos have Gold beads. The Rose has Clear beads and Crystals on the petals to represent Dew. Everything was free-motion quilted except around the main structure, those were stitch-in-the-ditch.

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Storm at Sea is DONE!

I am adding the last beads and still have to come up with a label (oh, why do I always whimp out on my labels???) I plan to hang it up tonight before I go to bed so I can see if first thing in the morning... with all its sparkly beads! Wow, I embellished something ... what next ... raw edge piecing??? Never say never!

Oh dear, and I got out my bead box, and looked at all the bright shiney beads I've collected over the years.... I feel a beading fest comming on, something I've resisted for a long time. But it will be okay as long as I resist buying new ones.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Final Push

The only parts left on my Quilt are

-Quilt the Corner Blocks
-Quilt the Cosmos Blocks
-Quilt the Daylily Blocks
-Quilt the Center Rose
-Embellish above with some clear and gold beads in the centers
-Sew sleave on
-Print & Sew on Label

some sketches of my quilting ideas:

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Please, Just a Few More Minutes

Like most kids I would beg for a few more minutes of sleep before getting out of bed and going to school. That all changed when I was in college, I gained a nagging sense of responsibility and would wake up at odd hours with the undying obligation to get things done. It hasn't changed.

And it is why I feel like this has been finals week. I feel like I've worked all semester and now am cramming for the big exam. Putting extra hours into my final project before submitting it for the big critique. I went to Art School, so my finals were projects and often all nighters. Not staying up all night anymore to finish a project, but sewing until midnight most every night (no sleeping in, either) sure feels pretty close now that I'm older! Especially when I am trying to stay alert at work....

Deadlines at work, deadlines for my quilt! Busy, busy, busy!

Okay, about my QUILT! Stipple quilted the background areas, only the blocks of flowers left to do. Sewed on the binding and just moments ago put my final stitch in on that. Deadline is Tuesday, March 27th, and all with out calling in "sick" to work either (that's cheating!)

Binding Making Progress:
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Free-motion Quilting in background:
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Only part to quilt are the flowers:
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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Doesn't It Look Better?

I sure think it does, it was worth the time and not a frustrating as if first seemed. I am glad I stuck to it and did it right. Yeah!
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Set Right

I sewed the two side panels on correctly and now have it back up on my design wall, I need to figure out my quilting strategy, make the sandwich and get started. Most likely this weekend when I am rested and focused.

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Argh! Too Much Un-sewing

I was so happy yesterday because I had finally gotten my Storm at Sea top put together. I had spent the morning ripping out stitches from the center so that I could add the center corner blocks. Once it was reassembled I added the two outer sides, checking to make sure that the center was upright. I ironed it and pinned it up on my design wall to step back and admire my work. (I thought, "oh, goodie I can pick out my backing and binding now!") But, NO! What did I see? I had sewn the to outside panels on upside down! Bleah!!!

So instead, I spent the rest of my evening ripping stitches so I could set them right. I know that many viewers would not know they were upside down, but I would! I can't believe I didn't double check them before sewing.

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

In Living Color Quilt is DONE!!!!

Put the last stitches into the binding last night!!!! Yeah! Now I need to focus on my Storm at Sea project...

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Sunday, March 04, 2007

WIP Weekend

Living Color Top - Bought low loft polyester batting Friday, basted the sandwich together on Saturday at a sit-n-sew, freemotion quilted it Sunday, am working on the binding now, once the label is written it should be ready to give away at the next guild meeting

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Based on 48 units of this block, all strip pieced from a pattern I found on line "Living Color"
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Free Beginner Quilt Patterns

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Saturday, March 03, 2007

Yeah! My Daffodils have started to Bloom

Blooming daffodils always make me happy, they are the first to bloom of the year and get me so primed for spring!
These are my first blooms of the year:
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I am off to a sit-n-sew this morning, I am planning to baste a quilt for quilting and continue to work on my Pink Log Cabin UFO


Thursday, March 01, 2007

Stash Busting in March

I can do this, all of March.... just as long as I treat myself to some purchases at the AQS Paducah show in April. I know I can make it. I have a lot of UFO's I need to get back to finishing this month too! I can't wait to get started sewing this weekend.

BTW, My presentation at Guild went great, everyone seemed to enjoy hearing me talk about my itty-bitty piecing.

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