Friday, June 24, 2016

Contemplating Names For My Newest Finish

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Each and every finish of a piece for my show makes me feel good. It means I am that much closer to the finish line.
I have finished 19 so far in 2016. I have about a dozen more that have to be finished and after that I will regroup and decide what else.
The rest of the show will be pieces I’ve finished earlier. I will have to say I am thoroughly enjoying working on this series.
My overall lifetime finish now stands at 455 pieces. That spans a long time period. There were years where I wasn’t quilting and there were a few years with NO finishes as I was burned out from the previous year.
I feel lucky to be an artist who’s work is mostly in fibers. I can trace this back to before I even started grade school when I got excited by yarn and fabric.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Where Does One Begin And Another End?

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When I put this piece on the loveseat when I finished it I couldn’t believe how they are so similar.
Each time I do one of these Ice Dyed pieces I am surprised when I open them. This was no exception. But it was even a bigger surprise when I put it on the loveseat and saw how they were made for each other.
Yet even though they are so similar I would probably never use them together as I feel ART needs to accent it’s surroundings and create a dialogue with the place it is displayed.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Deck Is Ready For Summer Fun

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The deck was cleaned off and it looks gorgeous.
The furniture was brought out of storage and also cleaned.
All that is left is to put out the cushions and a few decorative accessories.
Next the gazebo will get the same treatment.
The grass has been cut and trimmed.
The lush greenery sets off the view and makes it seem slightly cooler than it really is.
Now it’s time to take a dip in the pool to cool off.
Oh, I don’t have a pool!!!!!!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

What Am I Going To Call This?

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Again I have a finished piece I love, but……….

I am at a loss as to a name for it.

It is one of my ice dyes and I love the design.

What do YOU see?

Friday, June 17, 2016

Another Finish: Wurlitzer

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Wurlitzer was the perfect name for this piece.
It is great to be finishing quite a few of these Ice Dyed Tapestries.
You can’t look at this without smiling when you see the colors.
If you remember the Wurlitzer juke boxes you may just start singing or dancing!
What songs do you remember hearing on the juke box after you put in your coins?

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Happy Palindrome Birthday Nicholas! 6/16/16

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My grandson Nick is celebrating his 21st birthday today.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Why Did 2 Come Before 1? And Here Is The Completed Quilt

Yesterday I posted the second part or marking this quilt. I had responses wanting to see the whole quilt so I am sharing this post. Please scroll down to the last picture to see the entire quilt.
When I showed the quilt I am finishing for Jessica’s room I had questions about how I was going to mark the sections I had yet to do. They were very legitimate questions as the background fabric is one of those that is hard to see marks on. Add to that the fact that there is already a layer of wool batting behind the fabric because most of the quilt has already been quilted. quiltforjessicasroommarkingandquiltingchalkonerandchalk1 These are my 2 favorite things for marking quilting lines. The Chalkoner has a wheel at the bottom and it dispenses a very fine line of chalk. I only use the white powder as the colors were difficult to impossible to remove. I have had mine “forever” and had to do a Google search to find a source if you are interested in this. http://webstore.quiltropolis.net/stores_app/Browse_Item_Details.asp?Item_ID=1164&Store_id=516&page_id=23 It can be refilled. I have never used up the chalk in my original one. I also use the Clover tailor’s chalk that you can get here. http://www.jinnybeyer.com/ax_commerce/detail.cfm?productID=4DE6731FFD019FB1D65C773F3A2DFAA9 You may have other favorite marking devices but these work better than anything else I have tried and I probably have tried them all! quiltforjessicasroommarkingandquiltingmarkinghorizontalcurves I made a pattern for my quilting lines from a piece of heavy template plastic. I laid this on one section of the quilt and marked all the horizontal quilting curved lines. I used the Chalkoner. By the time I finished quilting you could no longer see any of the marking. I sometimes have to remark some areas. quiltforjessicasroommarkingandquiltingmarkingverticalcurves I then did the same thing for the vertical curves. It is not easy to see the quilting on the pictures of this quilt. To me that is not a big deal. The quilting design enhances the design of the quilt. To me that is what quilting should do, not shout so loud it overpowers what you have created with your piecing. Stay tuned and tomorrow I will share with you the way I quilted the triangle sections on the edges of this quilt. In case you haven’t seen the entire quilt I’m adding a photo of it. magentahanddyewithbatik1