Saturday, 31 December 2011
Wednesday, 28 December 2011
Thursday, 22 December 2011
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Size Is Not Everything, Small Is Sweeter
I have been harvesting the remainder of our carrots. Hence the idea, not a very good one but it fits the theme.
I again used the cut, stich, cut, stitch technique for the background. Unfortunately because I was desperate to get on with the challenge I made the division between sky and soil at the half way mark, not a good idea design wise. Typical of me not thinking things out. I realised this early on but decided just to continue.
I used fabric paints to create the fluffy leaves and give character to the carrots. I then free machined with green variegated thread to give more texture to the leaves.
To my surprise I am reasonably happy with the result considering it was made so quickly and without much planning.
Plus Point -----I will be able to use it in the crafts section of our local Annual Show, where hopefully it will make the entrants to the vegetable sections smile.
I have to report negative progress. I got a shock to see that our challenge piece has to be in by 1st Jan.
I was away in England for over 5 weeks due to a death in the family. It was a shock when we came home to find how close we were to Christmas. I have returned to a sitting room full of furniture to be shared round our family but none of them want to take their pieces at this time.
I am now trying to juggle life, Christmas with all that involves and getting on with my 25th Events of the Year Quilt. It has to be finished by end of January as all 25are going on exhibition in early Feb.
Will see what happens.....
Husband has been away all day so I decided to spend the day sewing the challenge piece and ignore everything else and hurray, I have finished my piece.
I will photograph it and post it on site tomorrow.
Friday, 16 December 2011
As we are getting close to the due date, I want to ask Ann to start thinking about the new theme.
Friday, 25 November 2011
But stretching our imagination is not a bad thing. Okay, I have not found anything yet I can use, but it is possible. Back to googling for inspiration.
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Thursday, 27 October 2011
Has anyone started their piece.
I thoughtI would jump in with some chat to try and get responses on how it is going with you all. I do not have a blog so am using this instead.
Wednesday, 5 October 2011
Saturday, 1 October 2011
This is Hilary's wonderful quilt - full of words using hot. See if you can spot them. I had a lot of fun finding them all when I was lucky enough to see this quilt some days ago.
As Wil mentioned in the last post, Hilary has had problems posting her quilt to the Blog, so I offered to do it for her.
Friday, 30 September 2011
Saturday, 24 September 2011
Friday, 23 September 2011
How about 'Size is not everything'.
Monday, 19 September 2011
Here is the second attempt at this challenge.
We recently had Edwina McKinnon to the Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild and among her pieces she showed one where she had joined pieces by zig zag stitch and then turned and cut, stitched and turned and cut. It struck me this would be a quick way to get lots of hot coloured pieces quickly assembled for the background to my piece.
I then came up with the idea of hot springs. I downloaded a tiny image of springs and spent an evening copying it, I kept getting lost in all the coils. When I had my drawing I stitched the outline of the springs and the letters and then filled them with old silver paint by Hobbytex. It must be about 20 years old. I have never used either gold or silver paint in my work so it was wonderful to finally use it. Of course it has evaporated somewhat but was fine. I liked the way it did not totally cover the area so makes the springs look a bit aged.
Monday, 12 September 2011
Will you be sticking to the 12 x 12 size? It is quite nice to have a number of pieces of equal dimensions if one ever wishes to display them.
I have finished my piece for HOT so will need to check it out for focus and colour etc before I post it.
I much prefer it to going looking at a further file to see images that match text.
Once we have all dipped our toe in the water by posting thoughts and either our finished pieces or work in progress hopefully it will be a more active blog. It took me long enough and help from Wil to get myself sorted.
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
This is my first piece i have worked on to the theme of Hot.
I painted the fabric then did some screen printing and some transfer printing and finally some free machine work. I left the threads loose.
A not very inspiring piece and am now trying something else. I am using this challenge to work out some techniques rather than trying to produce a really resolved piece.
If all else fails this will be my piece for the challenge.
How is everyone else getting on.
Thursday, 25 August 2011
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Monday, 22 August 2011
I like to know what I am doing so have been spending a lot of time trawling round the net to find out what are the differences in them and their capabilities. I have also viewed a lot of youtube videos about them.
Perhaps all this quest for information is really me putting off actually producing something as i am a bit devoid of ideas.