Friday, March 27, 2009

Finished the Still Life's

After being away for 10 days and not getting much hand work done, I came home and fully focused on finishing the 2 Still Life's that I need for a show. Deadline for finishing is this weekend. I made it!! .... well... I still have to put labels on but that doesn't count. I even got to put a few beads on them. They have more hand stitching than I am used to and I still do not find it relaxing. The quilting went a bit more smoothly than usual. I am really finding that I enjoy working with black and white fabrics. They pose challenges that my normal colors do not. And of course I never would have dreamed that I would enjoy doing Still Life, but it is sort of fun in a perverse way. I have now done 4 of these... guess you could say I have finally done something in a series.

Monday, March 9, 2009

No rest for the artsy

I have been plugging away and gotten 2 more small pieces finished. Both of these are also gifts. They are 10" squares. I am now working on finishing the Still Life's that I created in Pamelala's class. I am hoping to get all the machine work done and be able to take them with me to do the hand work when we are away. With any luck they will be ready for binding when I get back and maybe, just maybe I will be able to show them in a local show. Timing is the pits.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Sacred Threads

Woohoo... My quilt Dance! was juried into Sacred Threads and joins many other outstanding pieces. I hope to get to see them all.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

This past weekend was the end of another fantastic online class from Pamela Allen and the month sped by so quickly. We really had a great group with lots of camaraderie and sharing. There was lots to be learned along the way. I hope some of it sunk in. Pamela, as usual shared her knowledge and expertise unstintingly. She is a treasure trove of experience. While this class was a lot of work, it was worth all the blood, sweat and almost tears of frustration. I have tons of finishing work to be done over the next 2 months as I will not have much time to do it for a while. The final assignment was an independent study. Mine was a hair tearing, teeth gnashing, many times frustrating journey. My original vision for this piece just was not working out no matter what I did with it.... so most of it finally got scrapped and I borrowed from myself. I guess I just created my first series. It is only pinned together at this point.

On a more up beat note, I finished a small piece that will be a gift. This one I had lots of fun with and also did a lot of hand stitching. I experimented with some techniques that were all new to me. I made "lace" from a piece of organza and did some funky applique. It's called Lets Party.