Fan n Kitties Antics

With Sunday being my last day of ‘freedom’ as it were, I was in a minor frenzy to get stuff done. I wanted to finish the quilting on the big fan mystery and also quilt up the kitty convergence too. I was rather all over the map with trying to settle and start on one or the other. heh .. quilter ADD LOL  Oh and course I didn’t get as much sleep on Sunday as I wanted .. You’ll find out why at the bottom of my post .. bloody cat n bugs!!

HPIM2831.jpgFor the kitty convergence I wanted something rather abstract as this quilt is smaller. The quilting was just to be a compliment not the end all to be all .. I wanted a motif that was looser, but failed rather miserably in that .. but I am happy with the results .. this is a really cool looking motif .. it’s abstract but tulips – which matches the tulip fabric that I used and creates some interesting lines and flow in the quilt. I had one idea for the border, but by the time it was all said and done .. I just didn’t want to do it .. I was rather cross-eyed from HPIM2832.jpgdoing this motif, so I left it for now .. chances are I’ll do what I originally planned, but I just didn’t want to do the math for it to make the borders fit right as I’ll miter the design in instead of doing horizontal / vertical like I normally do. This is going to be interesting getting the tissue off this one .. I might just take Diana’s suggestion of a small toothed comb and a vacuum LOL .. egads what a mess THAT would be LOL

HPIM2834.jpgI finished quilting it on Sunday nite and started to do a bit of shredding of the tissue as well. I didn’t get any pictures until today as you couldn’t see the quilting very well with a flash pic. I do love how the quilting looks on this .. sort of creates waves like on the quilt ..

HPIM2833.jpgI did run out of the variegated blue about 1 row away from being finished but I had a blue that I was originally going to use before I found the blue, so I wasn’t too freaked out .. and this quilt is staying with me .. so it doesn’t have to be perfect – heh .. good thing as there are mistakes in this quilt LOL .. but I know they are there and I learned with this quilt .. so it’s all good. Here’s a nice shot of the quilting in a Continue reading

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March Colour Challenge(s)

March is the first month for a series of Colour Challenges for this year. I’ve picked orange for my first Colour Challenge .. I recently learned to like orange through doing Matthew’s quilt and also seeing various friends use orange in their quilts (which are always so bright and cheerful!) .. it’s given me a new perspective on orange which in my head I has always been as “jailhouse jumpsuit orange” .. tends to give it a rather negative connotation me thinks.

HPIM2650.jpgI did two challenges with orange – the first one was an abstract quiltlet using orange as the focus with 2 of my favourites – purple and green. The orange is from an FQ that I bought just for the purpose of stretching my colour muscles, the green is a batik with leaf shapes on it, and the lavender is hand-dyed by me. I wanted to do take a traditional blockHPIM2658.jpg and put a twist on it so to speak. So I took the shoo fly block, used the orange as the central block, green as the background of the block and the hand-dyed as the background. I cut the pieces with my pinking rotary cutter and just tossed the pieces pell mell on my background. The only thing that I wanted to ‘control’ was that the corners of the orange sections were touching .. I do rather like this – I wanted to do a generalized background quilting, but thought it would be too busy if I had done with all the orange and green floating around on it .. I call this Orange Shoo Fly Spring Explosion.

HPIM2660.jpgI got to thinking, some people might not want to do this challenge as one they would be working in a hated colour and then not know what to do with the bloody thing after the fact. One of the members on OST (Joan – she’s listed under the virtual chaper), runs a block lottery etc for QFK (Quilts for Kids). I suggested that maybe they could get an FQ and make up blocks for QFK as their challenge – well I did both parts of the challenge .. The only thing that Joan wanted was that the fabrics are kid friendly and that they follow the block that was chosen for this quarter .. It was the Tam’s Patch off quilterscache. I used a funky kitty fabric, the hand-dyed lavender and another orange with neat swirly hearts on it .. The orange was less than ½ an FQ and I used scraps for the lavender HPIM2662.jpgand orange pieces. I know that the orange was to be the focus, but with this being a kid friendly block, I rather thought that the kitty fabric would be more in keeping with that theme .. so I used it for the 2nd fabric instead .. and could almost be the focus minus one square .. these blocks too me less than 45 mins to cut out, stitch, press and square ..

So I’ve managed to get an abstract quitlet done, stretch my colour muscles, and make up 2 blocks for charity – I feel pretty good about that .. and this all took less than 5 hrs at the most .. and get 4 quilts to my binding pile .. COOL!

Now what to do .. big fan – baste?? kitty quilt – quilt?? hopscotch – baste?? Hmmm decisions – decisions ..

Finally Getting there!

I so swear to God that I was ready to toss this quilt out the of the window yesterday! (altho it wasn’t the quilt’s fault) Just me and my stubbornness and a time where being determined wasn’t maybe such a good thing!

I used my Singer 514 to freemotion quilt the Michigan Left – had a few issues with it, but nothing to major as it was the first time I had used that machine for freemotion quilting .. I was happy enough with it .. so I left it out to do the quilting on this quilt. Jesusmaryjoseph!!! There was tension issues, but adjusted for them with this quilt being thicker than the Michigan Left, and I was breaking needles like crazy the first time thru – Like 4 of them. Figured I was going to fast. Then I ran into needle breakage issues in the last go round for Kyle’s borders. I think I broke another 4 on just the outer border alone .. then it didn’t like one of the needles at all and kept skipping stitches. It got to the point where I was incredibly frustrated and using some very inventive language – at this point, burning was too good for this quilt!!

HPIM2651.jpgI had 1 side and maybe 8″ of another side left to do and I broke 2 more needles and just about snapped. I was beyond flabbergasted and frustrated at that point. I know I wasn’t going to fast, but the quilting didn’t feel right while I was doing it either. Then another needle broke – I could have just cried. These were all good schmetz and dritz quilting needles too! So I grabbed my 15-91 and used that instead .. I should have done this in the first place!! The rest of quilted up easy peasy – no needles broken, no stitches being off.

I can’t tell you why I was so insistent to use this machine – I think it was because I didn’t want to bother swapping them out when I was doing the Michigan Left … I’m just wishing I had done it sooner 😦 My 15 is the best machine for freemotion. I’ve never broken a needle on it .. Geeze I broke more needles on Kyle’s quilt that I’ve done in I don’t know how long! The last time I can remember is when my 248 died last year!!

So the tissue is halfway ripped off and I plan to have the rest of it done today. Then to trim, and do binding .. I would love to get it to that point, but not sure right now – we’ll have to see how I feel about it then.

HPIM2650.jpgMy next quickie project is a colour challenge that I’ve devised for OST .. altho there aren’t many takers (gee I think 2 at this point – including me **sigh) What you do is pick one colour you aren’t crazy about / hate / uncomfortable with using etc and then pick 2 colours that harmonize with it .. Number of blocks, style of block etc is your choice .. I’m going to use the lighter purple (fav colour) for the background (ignore the dark purple – won’t be used), and use the orange (not my favourite colour) and green for the block part .. I’m going to do an abstract twist on a traditional block – a little 8″ quiltlet .. won’t take me long, but I’m not starting it yet 🙂 kyle’s quilt be ‘done’ first 😉 Anyone else want to try this challenge and post it to your blog??

Quilt Hug for a Friend

She got it today so now I can share it with you 🙂

A dear friend of mine was going thru some personal issues that were distressing her very much. I had an almost overpowering urge to send her a prayer of healing. And of course, being a quilter, you send quilt hugs – so I got busy

First of all I had to find just the right scripture. I’m not exactly a scripture hound, I don’t have one very every occassion plus an extra for backup .. so this had to be just right and say what I wanted to say. Something to give her strength, feel love from God, me and her other friends. Well I did find one that I thought fit the bill just perfectly!!

Thank you, Father that as I pay attention Your Word, listening closely to what You say to me, and not letting it out my sight, but keeping it within my heart, it is life and health to my whole body.

(Proverbs 4:22)

Then of course it had to be in her colours .. I went looking in our database and of course .. jewel tones .. good Lord but that is NOT a colour!!! pfft .. Okay BRIGHT and CHEERY .. that’ll work 😉

So I gather up some nice cheery bright colours and then my mind goes wild .. ribbon, framing with other fabric, quilting Christ, heart, hands … the mind just spins

Well I got it all worked out and was pretty proud of myself .. I even did some cute little hangers with ribbon – now I had a really cute idea for the edging .. i would just trim the batting as close as I could to the stitching then using my pinking rotary cutter and pink the edge .. i thought that was be sooo cute .. heh .. the sullivans turn the batting, the top and backing into a super glued week old peanut butter sandwich .. **sigh. Well maybe I could get mum’s machine to work even without a walking foot for just the bit I need to do. ROFLMAPIMP!!!!!! ah no – Needless to say, with my machine that does zig zag out, that really tore this idea to shreds .. so in desperation I try to do the edging with my serger .. HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH (<- insert maniacal laughter) .. ah .. no .. didn’t work .. it wasn’t even givable after that attempt!! This was the day that not only did the serger develop it’s own version of a hairball, but I broke the blasted needle .. oh bloody hell!

So I start again .. got better ideas this time, more refined layout, no stupid decorative stitches .. play with the text in illustrator and photoshop and I really like how it came out 🙂 This time instead of quilting Christ onto the quiltlet, I would frame him – quilted him in with green thread, but on white fabric and then framed him in green, used a different heart, no hands, buttons, and a cleaner layout – no ribbon this time, but strips of the fabric that the verse was printed on ..

I like this design so much better – it’s cleaner and just plain nicer and neater ..

I couldn’t post this when i did it as I had to wait for her to say she got it. she doesn’t always read my blog, but with me and my luck .. yeah right .. she would read it 😉

Orion’s Jewelled Eye – Retake

I managed a better pic of this abstract, but it’s VERY dark this time .. altho the good thing is, you can now see the detail in the button that made me think moon and radiating ‘glow’ .. but the red purple is now visible which I so wanted to show you .. will still try for one in daylight / sunlight ..

LOL .. and it is NOT the wrinkly .. the light was infront / above the piece .. sooo it really showed in DIRECT relief everything .. heh .. maybe I shouldn’t post this as it shows all the uglies now LOLOLOL

Orion’s Jewelled Eye

W ho would have thought that thread trash could make such an interesting effect?? I rather like it .. heh .. just means that I will have to buy more fabric and wash it to get more thread trash if this muse keeps hitting me .. you do tend to use a bit of it .. altho – not as much as if you used regular thread to thread paint ..

I call this Orion’s Jewelled Eye ..

I remembered this piece that I double-dyed years ago .. it’s blue and red purple .. for some reason, no matter how many pics I took and from what angles with what flash it washed the red purple out .. which is a shame, because this fabric really reminds me of some of the pics that the Hubble telescope took.

This month’s concept – Moon And Stars

The moon is a button that is transparent and opaque in bands radiating out from the center so that’s a perfect moon. Various bits of thread trash are the stars zooming about; the bottom left are bands from the milky way – and the middle is a spinning star. heh . not exactly your traditional quilt block, but it’s abstract so I can get away with it .. I used bits of fru fru for coloured shiny bits. I quilted in lots of motion with the stars having comet-like tails.

I showed it to reg and he goes .. What is it? Then asked me if I was trading him coasters .. smart alec!! Well if he doesn’t know what it is, then, I guess I did the abstract part right ;). Like I said earlier .. he tells me either way . so I’m going to guess that he doesn’t like it .. maybe not that strong, but it certainly doesn’t appeal to him

I find this one – interesting. If i come up with another idea, I’ll be sure to try it .. Getting your head around a concept isn’t as easy as a body thinks .. specially if it’s supposed to be abstract ..

Abstract
13 dictionary results for: abstract
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ab·stract /adj. æb?strækt, ?æbstrækt; n. ?æbstrækt; v. æb?strækt for 10–13, ?æbstrækt for 14/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[adj. ab-strakt, ab-strakt; n. ab-strakt; v. ab-strakt for 10–13, ab-strakt for 14] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation
–adjective
1. thought of apart from concrete realities, specific objects, or actual instances: an abstract idea.
2. expressing a quality or characteristic apart from any specific object or instance, as justice, poverty, and speed.
3. theoretical; not applied or practical: abstract science.
4. difficult to understand; abstruse: abstract speculations.
5. Fine Arts.
a. of or pertaining to the formal aspect of art, emphasizing lines, colors, generalized or geometrical forms, etc., esp. with reference to their relationship to one another.
b. (often initial capital letter) pertaining to the nonrepresentational art styles of the 20th century.
–noun
6. a summary of a text, scientific article, document, speech, etc.; epitome.
7. something that concentrates in itself the essential qualities of anything more extensive or more general, or of several things; essence.
8. an idea or term considered apart from some material basis or object.
9. an abstract work of art.

Well i have the definition down .. now to wrap my head around it more 😉

Trash N Borders; Contemporary ArtQuilts

C an someone PLEASE tell me why doing borders is so bloody exhausting .. seriously .. by the time I’m done them, I feel like I’ve been pulled and shoved thru the ringer at the same time!! They are the easiest part of the quilt to do for the most part .. straight line sewing (well straight-ish 😉 but seriously! You’d think that putting all the itty bitty pieces that we do together would be ‘harder’ or more work .. pfft I just don’t get it

Oh what brings this on you’re wondering?? I spent yesterday and last nite doing the clues for my mystery .. it’s all ready to go .. I am having the list owner do a quick mock up so if I really ooboo’d on the fabric calculations, only her and I get dinged .. altho I cut my material from what I wrote soooo .. I think it’s going to be okay .. It’ll be getting tested during this week and I’ll be running this with daily clues starting Oct 13 for 5 days with the weekend being used for catch up on the clues 😀 😀 It’s a small wallhanging, so it’ll make up super quick ..

I showed it to Reg this AM when he got up and he goes “I LIKE that .. I REALLY like that” coo!! He generally likes what i do and tells me one way or the other, but you can always tell when they really like it 😉

So with this being done (finally), I can start to concentrate on other things .. There’s my Rhododendron wc wallhanging, Gran’s quilt, my quilt, our 1800 quilt to quilt and September’s abstract piece .. This month’s concept is “moon and stars” .. I’ve had a few ideas skitter across my brain, and will take pencil to paper to sketch them out to see if they still appeal to me . Maybe I can get finished stuff up on my walls instead of blocks and bits n pieces of stuff 🙂

In the June / July issue of quilting arts, there was an article on using your thread trash .. you know, the mangled stuff that you get off fabric when you wash it no matter what you do. Well Connie Fahrion wrote an article how she uses thread trash in her art quilts. She uses thread trash to create texture and add depth – and you would never know what she used if she didn’t tell you .. awesome stuff. Heh .. I’ve saved a bit of thread trash and haven’t thought much about it until now .. So I’ve got an idea percolating in the back of my head about using thread trash for my September piece. We’ll just have to see how it goes .. I got some lighter colours in there so those will work well with the moon and stars ..

While putting together my mystery quilt, I have been working on the borders for my hopscotch quilt .. I cut the pieces out for this at the same time, so this is moving along at least .. I won’t break any land speed records, but as long as it’s being worked on .. I’m content .. and while I’m doing this, I’m thinking about Gran’s borders .. i might do a piano key border for hers or just make up some crumbs and make them into borders 🙂 .. we’ll have to see what way the spirit moves me on this one.

I picked this book up today .. this book is more for collectors of art quilts. There’s no how-to’s, patterns etc .. but it is packed with gorgeous pictures, whole huge sections on some artists. This is a great book for inspiration and will definitely get my creative juices flowing.

From the publisher’s site

A lavish portfolio of exquisite quilts, with a guide for collectors
“The book exudes a conservative and distinguished spirit, offers impeccable print quality, and is crammed with information for quilters and their cultural community;
thus it merits inclusion in any quilt library!” —Textile Forum

“In quiltmaker/author Kate Lenkowsky’s ‘Contemporary Quilt Art,’ she educates readers with remarkable verbal and visual dexterity; she alters our perception of quilts, converting us to the religion of quilts as art. It is a revelatory experience. . . . The accompanying vivid color photographs of the artists’ quilts is enough by itself to make you want to own this publication: Each photograph vibrates with crispness and saturated color. Indiana University Press deserves praise for what it has put together.” —Deseret News

Well I’m off .. my eyes keep roving over to the thread trash

But first .. a prayer for safety for all that are in Ike’s path ..

“Oh my God, by the power of Your Most Holy Spirit, I beg You, cover Your people with the Precious Blood of Jesus, Your Son, thus keeping us safe from the hideous snares of Satan and all his followers. Protect us from all evil in these days of sins darkness.
We seek protection for our families, our children; safety in storms and from Your wrath Dearest Father. Shelter us in the palm of Your hand and save our homes from all storms.
Keep us close to Your Heart. Mark us with Your Sign sealing us to You forever thus assuring Your children of Your Fatherly protection as the tribulation increases and our chastisements quickly approaches.
We love You and consecrate ourselves to You as we wait in faith and trust with hope in our hearts. Thank You, Beloved Father, Son and Holy Spirit, our One Triune God, for Your constant Mercy and unfathomable Love for us, Your unworthy, humble servants.” AMEN