Thursday, September 17, 2009

Don't Faint

Those of you who have believed in me, when I said I would post the quilt once I finished the binding--here it is. Not the best quilt, not the best photo, but hey, it's my first! Let me hasten to say that I did NOT do the piecing, nor choose the colors. As I may have said before, we who volunteer to rescue these unfinished projects had applied a rather impolite pejorative title to it while we were working on it. Many of us now feel that the *duckling has become almost a swan! Quilting makes a BIG difference. I've included a closeup shot of a small section so you can see the lovely meandering pattern I free-handed. I love to pat myself on the back.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009


As I promised last time (my goodness, only a few days ago!) here is the inked version of the watercolor postcard I did in Montgomery Woods. I didn't apply the ink to the original watercolor, but used the printout I did onto watercolor paper cut to fit the printer. I printed the image 2-up, so I actually have another to play with. So here are the details: first I added ink lines with an EF point fountain pen, and Noodler's black ink. Then I got out the watercolor pencils and did some additional defining of shadowy areas. I think it's a lot more interesting than the plain watercolor, and still has a sketchy feel.

I like the idea of doing more of this kind of "mixed media" stuff. On another note, I had the opportunity yesterday to learn how and to operate a longarm quilting machine, working on a charity quilt some friends and I put together. What fun! And so fast compared to doing the quilting on a regular sewing machine! I am very pleased with the result, and with myself. As soon as the binding is on it, I'll take a picture and post it. That will take longer than the actual quilting!
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Continued progress

By which I mean that I am continuing to do creative things some of the time in my life. Last week I visited my sister and we sewed together; she worked on a lovely corduroy jacket for herself, I put together some bags (purses, if you will) from donated unfinished quilt projects for the local Senior Center to sell at a craft boutique. The creative part for me is using up what others didn't finish then discarded, making something totally new.

The weekend before that one of my daughters came to visit, and we went to nearby Montgomery Woods, a redwood grove, for a sort of a hike. She took photos, I painted a little watercolor (postcard size--4x6 inches), here posted. After scanning it, I printed it out onto watercolor paper, and now my plan is to do some ink work on it. I'll post the results of that effort soon.