Blind Tiles Quilt #2

Finally I can share this!   You’ve seen some pieces here and there of this quilt,  but what I kept secret is that it was being made as a gift for my mom.  Combination birthday and mothers day gift.  Late for both,  of course!

She’s seen different parts of the progress,  since I was working on it during the sewing retreat I went to where we sat next to each other,  but she never knew I was making it for her.

This is using my Blind Tiles pattern that I am working the details out on. 

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I couldn’t decide between the teal binding or black,  but then I thought about it and I know my mom loves loves loves bright colors,  so I had to use the teal. 

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I did the binding in about 5 hours.  70×70 quilt,  so it’s around a lap size I think. 

Pixie,  of course,  had to help me with the binding.

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Yes… I did the binding with her curled up in the quilt haha.

Mom loves it!  Yay! 

Hm. I should have gotten some pictures of the quilting.  Sandy did an excellent job,  and even included a special little surprise in the quilting. A little quilted squirrel!  (I’ll see if I can remember to get a couple pictures one of these days).

Vacation – 10 Year Anniversary

My hubby and I spent last week in Texas for our 10 year anniversary.  Our actual anniversary is tomorrow,  the 21st, but with our work schedules we had to plan our vacation for last week.

We stayed in San Antonio right on the Riverwalk.  Food is expensive down there!  But… best salsa I’ve ever had was found at Cafe Ole. Really good bbq at The County Line (we went there twice,  it was that good).

We went to the Tower of the Americas, Natural Bridges Caverns,  did a trolley tour,  wandered the Riverwalk,  went to the Alamo.

And more.

Let’s see if I can get the pictures to load and post:

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There are more photos but I know my phone will freak out if I try to post more.

Fiber Art Junkies – Gallery 194 Show

Warning: Photo intensive post ahead!

Our gallery show officially ends tomorrow up at Gallery 194. Since I still cannot get the pictures off of my camera, I ran up there today and took a bunch of photos with my phone so that I could finally share them with you.

Some of the photos may be a little fuzzy and I apologize for that in advance. I’m feeling a little shaky today for some reason.

We had eight of our members exhibiting their fiber art in the show, and we filled not only the main gallery but both emerging artist hallways as well! I think Jim, the gallery manager (I think), said we had over 150 different pieces in the exhibit!

“Enough typing, Shell…where’s the photos??”

Okay, okay…here they are!  Once I figure out where WordPress hid the add media button. Oh, there it is!

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Finished! Silver-Blue Rose

I didn’t keep track of my time on this one,  but I know it was faster than the amaryllis.

Starting with a simple drawing :

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Then adding a range of colors:

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Plus some wash-a-way stabilizer:

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And a few minutes ago I finished up my silver-blue rose.
The stabilizer made it a little difficult to see how it would look in the end because it hid the black background.

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But once I washed it away,  dried it,  ironed it onto some peltex,  it now looks like this:

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Doesn’t that just POP? I am so excited!

What would I do different? I would wash away the stabilizer as soon as the outline was done. Since needle painting makes the stitches so dense,  it didn’t wash away from under the design and it made the rose feel a little tacky to the touch.   It’s going to hang in my house though once I get a frame for it, so I’m not worried about how it feels.  Just how it looks. :) And it makes me happy!

Update: I would not use this wash-a-way stuff again for needle painting, even though it says it’s great to use for it. The stuff that was under the stitching could not wash away properly, the rose became tacky, and then once it dried, the threads were ‘glued’ together. If I do use it again, I’ll use it just to get the outline done on dark backgrounds, then wash it away, dry it, then do the needling painting.   I’ll try to get the name of the stuff today. I don’t have a package of it, I was just given a sheet of it from Gwyn (Sew Crazy, LLC) to try out to see if I liked it or not.

Just a Quick Update

Last week on Friday we had our artist reception up at the gallery.  I took lots of pictures, with my regular camera,  intending to share them here.

Hm… i don’t have an SD card slot on my desktop or my new laptop. My old laptop won’t recognize the SD card as being connected. 

I have lost the cord to the camera that would let me connect it via USB.

/sigh.  So,  you’ll have to wait a bit for the pictures from the gallery until I figure this little dilemma out.

I do have an update though for the silver-blue-rose. 

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I’m a little further along now than that picture.  I can’t wait to see how it looks on the black background!

I’ve also been working on a couple more drawings for future needle paintings.

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Can you tell by now that I’m partial to roses? 

Silver-Blue Rose

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I finally figured out what color range to do with my most recent rose.  I’m going with a somewhat subtle range of silver,  blue,  and a bit of purple. 

I have black as the background so I’m using a sheet of some wash-a-way stuff that is supposed to wash completely away with cold water.  I only have one sheet of it and it was given to me so I’ll have to find out the name of it from Gwyn.

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This is the color range in the above photo. 

And here is my current progress:

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The color doesn’t show to its best because of the light gray appearance of the wash-a-way sheet.

So I put a piece of the background against the stitching.

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I think it’s going to really pop once it’s finished.

Ready, Set, Panic

That’s how my weekend was!  The craft group I’m a member of, Fiber Art Junkies  (recently changed from Eye For Fiber),  we are having an art show at the local gallery, Gallery 194, and we have all spent the last week and weekend frantically getting things ready for our deadline.

We had to drop off all our Fiber art by noon yesterday.  I was up until 3am Saturday night/Sunday morning!  But I was able to have 9 embroidery projects and a few wall hangings ready. 

Now I’m sitting here thinking. .. now what? 

Well,  I think I’m going to do another needle painting using my own drawing again.

This is a rose I have been fiddling with:

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I don’t know if I want to stick with one range of color,  like an all yellow shaded rose.

Or. .. i do love the looks of rainbow roses.  So i made a second copy of my rose and grabbed the colored pencils:

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What do you think?  Rainbow rose or pick a color and stick within that range?

I’m also working on a drawing of a tiger lily.  This is the rough draft of it so far:

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