Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Painting the Day Away

to add a little color...

Bouree had his year old check up and shots this morning.  He was such a good boy!  He felt fine when we first got home



But later in the afternoon, he was feeling a little puny...those shots tend to do that to him.



But tomorrow he will be back to his usual mania!  Then in 2 weeks, he gets his baseline cardiac workup with the feline cardiologist from LSU.  After that, I hope I'll finally be able to relax.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Back to Work with a Bang!

With the party that was MQS and the holiday weekend over, I'm back at work in earnest now!  The drawings for the voodoo quilt and the Tarot inspired quilt are both coming along well. The "voodoo"  drawings are actually done, and I prepped the background for the soy wax resist this afternoon.  The drawings for the possible "dream catcher"  quilt are finished and work will be starting on that one soon.  I hope it will fit the theme... I'm anxious to see the written description so I'll know how broad(or narrow) the possibilities are.

Last week I finished the drawings for the next Fiberactions color challenge quilt.  Today I prepared the background for painting; made my freezer paper masks; and got the background base painting finished.  The reveal for that is not until July 15th, so you'll only see snippets as I go along.  And here are your first peeks...

loads of 5/8" freezer paper circles...thank goodness for my "Go" cutter!!



ironed to the background



base painting of background done



freezer paper masks removed



Not bad for a day's work!

And for those who tune in for the kitty fix...I give you my assistant Bouree trying to fall asleep on the job!



That's it for today, have a great evening!

 

 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Home!

Actually, I've been home from MQS since Friday night.  But I needed a little recovery time ... and a little kitty (& hubby) snuggle time.

The show was wonderful! It is always a joy to see old friends and to meet new ones.  The competition was stiff, but my "Queen of the Nereids" managed an honorable mention ribbon.

While I did not teach this year, (and I sort of missed that)  I did have a wonderful time just goofing off with my sister and my friends. I guess we all need that once in a while.

Mary met me there...it's always nice to have time with my sister!  And I was able to convince  another good friend, Candace West, to meet us there as well.  And of course we all met up with my usual hangout partner in crime, Cathy Wiggins.  Together, we had a blast enjoying the show and being together.

I did come away with another ribbon too...for my auction donation quilt "Sadie"...that one really meant a lot.



I have to say thanks, to the staff and volunteers of MQS and IMQA.  You all do a wonderful job making MQS the best show and education venue for Longarm quilters in the country!

I actually only spent a fraction of my usual budget shopping this year.  I did get a few templates and some thread, but my best find this year was the tool to offset my hopping foot for better visibility.   When you get to be my age...the better you can see.....well, it's worth a lot!!

This nifty little thingy came from Andersons Quilting Elements .  I installed it in less than 10 minutes, and then tried it out...FANTASTIC!!!



The difference in visibility is huge!  Love it!!!



I also found a new thread..Wonderfil Invisifil.  100wt poly...very, very fine and strong. and comes in loads of colors.  Recommended by Candace, I tried it today...runs great and is pretty much invisible....perfect for my dense quilting style.

And that's about it...you're caught up now. I'll leave you with a few photos from the show...

Sadie and Henrietta hanging



Sadie and Henrietta with me and my friend Cathy Wiggins and her auction quilt...side by side



Sadie and Henrietta with me ,our ribbon, and her new owners...my sister Mary and my wonderful friend Candace West



Me and the Queen before ribbons were awarded.  A little blurry, but it gives you a good idea of how large it is.



And the last one of  me, Cathy Wiggins and Cathy Franks celebrating our win



A great week with good friends!

Now, it's back to work....already starting on the next show  quilt.  And here's a hint...



So stay tuned!

 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sunset Sail

Today is the reveal for the Fiberactions challenge "split complementary". Since it is a travel day for me and I'm posting from the airport, this will be fairly short.
I chose to work with a 5 color split with turquoise as my main color and red, orange-red, orange, yellow-orange, and orange-yellow as my complements. I also added black and white.
Sunset Sail (15"x16")


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I used my own hand dyed cottons for the water and sky, white organza for the sun, pale turquoise lame for the sails, and solid black cotton for the boat hulls. I used Quilters Dream wool batting and Superior "Lava" threads in the sky and water and metallic silver in the sun.

I have to run, as my plane is boarding...but you should head over to Fiberactions and check the fabulous pieces from the other artists.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Loose Ends

This has been a week of finishing up loose ends. Getting things ready to pack for the trip to MQS and finishing up my Fiberactions challenge piece. I'm happy to say mission accomplished!

And here is a tiny sneak peak of my challenge quilt....the full reveal will be on Tuesday....I'll be posting mine from the airport :)



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Hope all the Mother's out there have a wonderful day!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

"Sadie"

The second of my Fanta-Sea series .  There are 5 other fish in the series…2 other “girls” and 3 “boys” .  The others will being making their debut in the near future.

“Sadie” is a painted wholecloth quilt. She measures 25 1/2″ x21 1/2″ and was painted with textile paints, inks and pigments on PFD fabric prior to quilting.  She was quilted with Superior threads…Bottom Line and Lava to be exact, and has 2 layers of batting…Quilters Dream Puff and Quilters Dream Wool.  She was finished with a curved, hand painted bias binding and embellished with Swarovski  crystals.



“Sadie”, along with her sister “Henrietta”  is being donated to the IMQA  Audacious Auction for Education being held at MQS on Thursday, May 17,2012 at 7:30pm

"Henrietta"

The first of my Fanta-Sea series .  There are 5 other fish in the series...2 other "girls" and 3 "boys" .  The others will being making their debut in the near future.

"Henrietta" is a painted wholecloth quilt. She measures 23 1/2" x20 1/2" and was painted with textile paints, inks and pigments on PFD fabric prior to quilting.  She was quilted with Superior threads...Bottom Line and Lava to be exact, and has 2 layers of batting...Quilters Dream Puff and Quilters Dream Wool.  She was finished with a curved, hand painted bias binding and embellished with Swarovski  crystals.



 

"Henrietta", along with her sister "Sadie"  is being donated to the IMQA  Audacious Auction for Education being held at MQS on Thursday, May 17,2012 at 7:30pm

Friday, May 4, 2012

Progress

Well, I finished the applique on my Fiberactions quilt today, so it's ready to quilt!  Probably won't happen until Monday...we have a pretty full weekend.

My 2 quilts for the MQS auction are completely done; that means bound,sleeves on, labels on and suitably blinged!  Yeah, I know I made that word up :)

But a good feeling to be done. Photos of them tomorrow.

So.......what should my next show quilt be?

For tonight, I think I'll knit!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Moving On

With the Queen of the Nereids gone on her way to Kansas, it's time to start some new projects as well as getting back to some in progress.  First on the list is a new one. Today I began work on my newest Fiberactions piece.  As you may remember, all our work this round relates to color study, the theme for May is Split-Complementary.  Now  the split-complementary color scheme can be done with either 3 or 5 analogous colors  along with your complement.  I am using 5, and My chosen colors will likely come as no surprise to you.

Turquoise is my chosen complement, so my 5 analogous colors are:

Red, Red-Orange, Orange,Yellow -Orange, and Orange-Yellow.  And I added a touch of black and white.

Yeah, I know...really stepping out of my color box....not!  maybe next time :)
At any rate, I made good progress today.  Got all the pieces cut for my background; did the necessary piecing and applique and finished the background. The applique motifs are drawn, cut and fused ready to be stitched to the background tomorrow.

The reveal is not until the 15th, but here is a look at the fabrics I used.







Any guesses as to what the outcome will be?

 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Shipping Day!

Today  "Queen of the Nereids"  left with the UPS guy on her way to Kansas for MQS.



I'll be following her to MQS on May 15th and hope to see lots of my friends there!

 

Also today I shipped  the "Queen's" entry package off to Houston for the IQA jury process, so keep your fingers crossed!

 

Now it's back to work...got to bind and bling my 2 small auction quilts for MQS  and make my Fiberactions challenge piece that's also due on the 15th.  Guess I better go get busy!!