Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christmas Stars Completed

I have finished sewing the stars.

I got tired making gold stars, so a few of the gold stars turned red and a few green.

The winners of my giveaway drawing are Chris and Doreen.

Chris has some nice quilts on her blog. I particularly like her Zinnia quilt.

Doreen looks like she has been having fun with her Embellisher felting machine. That’s something I’ve no experience with, but it’s fun to see what other people are doing with it.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Progress on the Gold Stars

The golden colored stars are about half done. I expected the metallic in the gold paint to show up a bit more. It's very bold in the jar, but looks rather subtle brushed lightly onto the stars.
The day before Thanksgiving seems an odd day to have a drawing. I will pick the names on Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving. So you have until then to leave a comment on either this post or the last post if you would like to have your name in the giveaway drawing. I am enjoying reading your comments and visiting your blogs.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Blogiversary Giveaway

It’s been a year since I started blogging! I wasn’t sure if I would like blogging, or if I would keep at it. But I have enjoyed the process, and I have made a few online friends. I often wonder who my readers are. Leave me a comment if only to say “Hi,” or share what kind of projects you are creating for the holidays. I am making Christmas stars. In one week, two lucky people will be drawn from those who leave comments on this post to receive one of the stars I am making.

I have begun quilting the orange-yellow fabric for the golden stars. I darkened the color a bit on the already quilted stars, and I may go back in with the darker paint after it is dry for a less even look. After the stars are sewn and finished, I intend to add highlights with lighter colored and metallic paint like I did for my “Succulent” quilt.

I used some of the green fabric to try out a few construction techniques, so I could get the look I am after without too much fuss.
Turning it like a pillow was near impossible with the thick quilted fabric. Light stuffing with extra stitching year the inside corners gives a nice dimensional look. I tried paint on the edges to disguise the raw edges, but prefer how couched yarn looks.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Christmas Project

Yesterday I painted some fabrics in a golden yellow color for a Christmas project I have in mind. A bit of bronze metallic paint was added for just a bit of shine. I think I will get a lighter gold metallic paint to add highlights to the finished product after they are quilted.

This experimental bit of fabric has been sitting around for over five years. It is strips of fabric and embroidery floss laid atop a rectangle of green fabric, topped with a piece of green tulle, and free-motion stitched. It’s about time to see what I can do with it.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Clam Cove III Revisited

I have addressed most of the problems I was having with this piece. It still is not my favorite piece, but I think it is improved.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Learning from Less Successful Work

A wise workshop instructor once asked me why I didn’t like a particular exercise I did. The moment she was talking with me, I thought she was implying that the work wasn’t so bad, because I didn’t hear her emphasis on the word “Why.” Later that day, I realized that she was just trying to make me think, so that I could learn from my mistakes instead of just tossing them aside. And I probably learned more from the one bad piece in that workshop than I did from the other better pieces I did the same day.

Okay, so why exactly don’t I like the Clam Cove III piece from my last post. I have thought about it some and now I will think about it a bit more, and try to clarify my thoughts. Thank you, Sylvia, for reminding me how important the thinking part is, and encouraging me not to give up on this piece.

The seaweed clumps are the most dominant part of the composition. They don’t look naturally laid out. They are too evenly spaced, almost like a grid across the piece. The clump near the bottom should be the largest since it is in the foreground, but it seems to be the smallest.

The rocky beach is nearly the same color and shade as the water. It needs more contrast and definition because it is in foreground.

The time is early evening. When I was standing on that beach, I was enchanted by the way the setting sun was making everything glow. I should have used a warmer color in place of the pale cool yellow used to highlight the rocks in the foreground and the piers in the back.

The water looks flat. Maybe I could make it more interesting and natural looking by varying the color more.

Perhaps I shouldn’t have picked a photo with so much detail. The technique I am working with seems to work better with simpler shapes.

I have made a few changes this morning. I will look at it with fresh eyes tomorrow after the paint has dried, and decide if I will make any more changes.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Succulent – The First in a Series

10 x 13½

May I dare to call this a series when the rest exist only in my mind? Anyway, the first is done. And it is as I imagined it to be when I first began the painting and quilting a week and a half ago. I will make more quilts similar to this one.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Getting Ready to Paint Again

I have my latest two pieces quilted, and am ready to add more paint.

I want to finish the Succulent piece, and forget about the Clam Cove piece which I don’t think is as successful. But I guess I better finish the Clam Cove piece first so I can see what I can do with it, and to give me practice for the Succulent piece.

I am a bit hesitant to start adding more paint to either piece, after so much time spent heavily quilting them. I guess I better just do it, and hope it looks like the finished work that is in my mind.