Friday, April 22, 2016

Finn's Pattern

There is nothing worst than having something, especially a textbook, fall smack on the top of your foot.  To top it off, it had to be my right foot, yeah that foot.  The foot you drive with and most importantly, the foot I "sew" with, ugh!  Luckily, I am not ready to quilt.

I retraced Finn and the highlights.  Had my daughter take a look at the pattern, and she said it looked like her dog.

 Taking a double look at the pattern and the picture, I went back and retraced some of the lines.  Then I numbered the pieces to match the material.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Now He Looks Like Finn

This looks much better.  I tried to capture too many highlights in the last attempt.

He's Not a Zebra

Well, I printed my pattern and Finn looks like a zebra.  In comparing the pattern to the original picture, it is definitely what I do not want.  Back to the drawing board.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Finn Dog Sketched in Blue

It didn't take me as long as I expected to retrace Finn.  It is nice when I can get in the zone and loose the outside world.  I was able to concentrate solely on the task at hand, got the eye-hand coordination going and got it done.  Now, I need to decide on a size and print him out.  

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Finn Dog

Over my spring break, I drove to Oklahoma to visit my Aunt and Uncle.  Every thinks we are crazy to make that 3,000 mile drive.  We kept posting  pictures of the beautiful scenery on our drive along 81 and then 40 west.  We also made a side tour to Cade's Cove in the Smokey Mountains and Red Rock Canyon in Winton, Oklahoma; you can't do that on a plane.  Our slogan with each post was: This is why we drive.

My next project is a portrait of my daughter's dog Finn.

Using Photoshop,  I removed the background.  Then, I decided to outline the  major highlights in white.  I converted the picture to grayscale and printed it.  I used too small of a white line, and when it was printed, it didn't show up clearly; lesson learned.  Now, I am in the process of retracing it on a layer in blue, so I can save it as an outline.  Afterwards, I will trace the outline to make my pattern.  This should take me a couple of days since I will have only the nights to work on it.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Quilting Equals Reduced Size

I am still amazed at the rate infants grow.  It has been two weeks since I last saw my granddaughter and WOW how has she grown.

The pillows started with the same dimensions.  The green one was not quilted and the blue one was quilted.

I am always amazed, even though it does make sense, the blue one reduced in size after being quilted.

I stuffed the pillows, overstuffed the pillows.  I am not sure I like the look.  In addition, I haven't made pillows in a long time and I need to research how not to make what I call the pointed ears.  I do recall there is a trick, but I just can't remember it.

I think I need to take the green pillow apart and stuff it again.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Quilted and Pillow Ready

I just returned from Florida visiting my Uncle.  Family comes first in my life, especially the generation before mine, because I know the clock is ticking away.  I treasure the time and the memories spent with them.

I decided to cut away the white area of the wings and place the reverse side of the border material behind them.  I like the feel and look of cutwork on the butterfly wings. I fee motioned stitched around the edge of each individual,  black design.  Also, I  used a stippling stitch on the border.  Now, I just need to find time to run to the store to buy piping and stuffing.  With the rectangular shape, I will have to stuff it.