Saturday, June 1, 2013
This is my last post until the fall. I am taking a hiatus from quilting this summer. I have a trip to Europe planned, a wedding dress to make and a christening gown to sew. I am already having withdrawals at the thought of not quilting, but I have got to get it all done before school begins again in August.
As you can see, I like bright colors. I doubled the batting to make it soft.
The theme of the nursery is elephants. I drew a simple elephant pattern and traced it around the borders. I free-motioned stitched around the elephants.
I chose a purple binding.
Have a safe and fun summer!
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Happy Memorial Day Weekend! We are spending the day with friends and family, just relaxing, eating, and enjoying each others company. It is rather chilly outside, but it is better than a super hot, humid day.
Cathy is a good friend of the family and her upcoming thirtieth birthday deserved special recogonition. Facebook is a great place to find out about a person's life and to download pictures. The kids now know that facebook pictures are fair game.
The planting of a vineyard combines high-tech and good old sweat to get the job done.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
We are still anxiously waiting for baby girl to make her presence in this world. My poor daughter-in-law looks absolutely miserable, so swollen. I think I only have 131/2 days left of school, not that I am counting the days.
For this project, I took the time to plan out the stitching for the background. I wanted the background to be as much a part of the overall piece and not just a second thought.
Again, everything just seemed to fall into place. The stitching seems to be complimenting the flower.
Here is another close up.
Here is the pattern I did on the border.
Here is the finished product. I have titled it, "From Darkness Comes Beauty". It turned out much better than I expected.
Here are some more pictures of our trip to the Rockies.
This is a view of Grand Lake on the west side of the Rockies.
Another view of the Rockies, from the west side.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Happy Mother's Day! We just finished having a fabulous brunch with friends and family. It was a pleasure to prepare and serve the food this morning. I find staying at home is much nicer than the hustle and bustle of going out to eat.
I decided to go with a black border to set off the gold trim.
In order to make the petals a little more pronounced, I took a black fabric marker and outlined them.
I know there are other ways other than basting with thread and needle to hold the three layers together, but I find this the easiest.
I decided to keep the stitching on the petals simple; I outlined them.
Next, I stitched the stem and bulb. Again, I kept the stitching on them to a minimal. On the background, I have decided to treat each square as a separate piece with its own stitch free motion stitch pattern.
A I mentioned last week, I really enjoyed our visit to the Rockies.
Not only was the wildlife, spectacular, so were the flowers.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
My brother was redeployed, again. Everytime, I hear of news from overseas my heart drops. Luckily, he is only there for six months, this go around.
The flower is emerging. This project is coming together a little too easy.
Now the flower looks balanced.
The pistens, the bulb and the bud just make it all come together.
The material for the bulb had gold in it. I orignially wanted a gold metallic ribbon trim. Luckily, I found this open weave gold trim that compliments the flower, yet it is a good contrast to the background.
One of my favorite places was the Rockies at Estes Park in Colorado.
The views were breathtaking.
The wildlife was everywhere to behold.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
I am counting the days down until the end of the school year, 32 days left to go and then I can relax and sew, sew, sew!
I am learning to look at the back of the material as well as the front of the material. I think I will use the back of the material for the main part of the stem and the right side of the material for the shading.
I am trying to decide what to use for the petals.
I am audtioning different shades of red for the petals.
I have finally narrowed it down to three different fabrics.
I think there is good contrast between the stem and the background.
I think I am off to a good start.
This is another reason I love traveling west by car.
We were heading north to Denver on a trip and decided to go through Colorado Springs and stopped by the Garden of the Gods.
The rock formations are awesome!
Sunday, April 21, 2013
The bundle was delivered safe and sound from Chadick and Rosen just as promised. Now the hunt is on for the trim. We did some searching in NYC, but we were not sure what we were looking for. There are plenty of places in Baltimore and Washington to look for it. We will know what we want when we see it.
I have always wanted to grow an amaryllis during the winter, so this year I finally did it. The payoff was this beautiful plant. Not one bloom, but two.
I decided to turn the photo from color to black and white to a pencil sketch. It made it very easy to make the pattern.
I wanted to treat the amaryllis as a "still life". I didn't want a plain simple background, so I decided to use different materials and piece it together. As I pieced it together, I kept placing the pattern of the flower over the background to visualize how the flower would look on the background. The dark color with the flower is velvet to add a different texture.
When we were in North Dakota on one of our trips, we stopped in Mitchell to see the Corn Palace.
The pictures are made with corn husks.
It is really something to see. It reminded me of piecing a quilt.