Judge Certification work, travel, and a super busy summer took over.
Long story, short(ish), Emily @ Toothpaste & Orange Cat won the draw, and has been waiting patiently for her prize to materialize!
Happily, this sweet little quilt will be on its way in the very near future!
Based on our emails, I chose a dance theme for Emily's quilt. After a couple of half-hearted attempts at something more realistic (blah), I decided to allow a fun doodle to come forth. I love it, and hope Emily will, too!
I'm a girl who likes to keep her word - so finishing this is such a relief. Now I can move forward with a clear conscience and a happy heart.
Speaking of hearts - another doodle recently came to life.
I'm currently experimenting with black lines and colour, attempting to achieve a painterly effect in my work.
First I do a quick sketch of an idea in a spiral bound notebook. It can be messy because the book's not precious.
|A messy sketch in my notebook|
If I like something I've drawn, I quickly trace it onto tracing paper, keeping lines loose and not worrying about being too exact.
|Traced and laid on top of the block for consideration|
I lay the tracing paper over the fabric to see how things look. I can flip the paper over to see how things look in reverse, too. Always worth considering.
|Flipped to consider the reverse image|
At this point drawings can be moved around or revised to better fill the space. When I'm ready, I pin the tracing paper in position and free-motion stitch right through it. It is easy to pull away when I'm done.
|Drawing is stitched and tracing paper removed|
Once the basic drawing is stitched, it's time to add some colour.
|Crayon and ink look darker when they are wet|
Caran D'Ache Neocolor II artist's crayons are permanent on fabric once they are heat set. After "painting" with wet crayons, I decided to spritz the whole thing with an ink meant for use on paper. I figured ink would stain, wouldn't it?
I let it dry overnight, and pressed it with a hot iron to heat set the colour. The heart still needed help, so I kept stitching and colouring until I was happy.
|Stitch and colour until it feels done - can always add more!|
The ink worried me, so I decided to rinse the whole thing and see what would happen. To my surprise, the ink completely washed out, even after heat setting. Hmm. Guess that didn't work (but, that's okay!).
|Finished heart, rinsed and pressed - no more ink!|
Honestly, there were times when I took the next step and then dearly wished I hadn't - despairing that I'd ruined things - but it all worked out in the end. Without a map to follow, a person has to embrace the idea of serendipity and follow new paths as they appear. Knowing when to STOP can be the trickiest part!
If you decide to try a doodle, stabilize your stitching before you begin. Either work on a quilt sandwich (like the giraffe), or use a fusible interfacing on the back of your fabric (like the heart).
Such fun!!! There will be more of these in my future, for sure.
Progress Update: Brynne's Quilt
Brynne and I sewed like crazy on Thanksgiving weekend to get her quilt top pieced. We finished all except the borders!
|Brynne and my son, Derrick, in the family room/temporary quilting workshop!|
We took it out to the studio so Brynne could select thread and choose a pantograph before she left for the city again. Since Brynne doesn't know how, and we are out of sewing time for now, I will finish things up for her.
|Brynne's scrappy quilt top, minus borders|
My Mom and Latifat joined us on Saturday, working on their own projects. It was a happy and productive time!
|My Mom, discussing a project with Latifat|
All three of our kids were home for Thanksgiving . . . AND their partners were all present, as well! That's practically a miracle for this globetrotting group!
On "turkey day", we decided a family picture would be a good idea.
Ha! Getting us organized (and behaving) is darn near impossible!
Eventually we got formed up - only to have my husband get up to his usual mischief of hiding behind me and poking me in the ribs! What a guy!
|Our family says "Happy Thanksgiving!"|
Didja get all that? There's gonna be a quiz later, so I hope you paid attention! (ha!)
Here's hoping you had a wonderful weekend, too!
Linking up with:
Needle and Thread Thursday, at My Quilt Infatuation
Free Motion Mavericks, at Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing
Whoop Whoop Fridays, at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Fabric Frenzy Friday, at Fort Worth Fabric Studio
Finish it up Friday, at Crazy Mom Quilts
Creative Goodness Linky Party, at Quilt Shop Gal
Try, Learn, & Grow!
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