Friday, September 28, 2012

As Promised...

The completed hand pieced hexagon moon...all ready to applique to the background. Though looking at the photo, I need to give it a good press first!



I have gotten a little more painting done on the High Priestess...another day or two and she'll be ready to cut out and prep for applique as well.



And in between, I'm working on binding Sampson and Clyde...and even got Cleopatra loaded for quilting!

The weekend is supposed to be pretty rainy, so it'll be easy to stay in the studio and work.

 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hand Piecing a Silk Hexagon Moon

Yep, you heard me right...hand piecing.  My High Priestess has a hand pieced silk hexagon moon.  While time consuming, I found it sort of relaxing. I could see how it could become addictive!  But don't worry, it's not likely that you will see entire  hand pieced quilts from me...just bits and pieces from time to time.

Rather than wait for an order of paper hexie templates, I made my own from card stock.  Not something I would recommend...they are quite inexpensive to purchase and a big time saver.  However, wanting to get it done, I made mine.  First I made a plastic template



I used a thick piece of craft acrylic (the kind used for book binding) as it is much sturdier than template plastic and doesn't flex much ...  Accuracy is important!

I fused a lightweight interfacing to my silk and cut it into squares.  Then I traced and cut out all the card stock hexies and pinned the silk to them.



Then the basting began.  Easy and something to do while watching TV. Before long they were all done.



 

I checked them against my drawn pattern for accuracy...you can see where my assistant Bouree was chewing on my paper pattern...



Then I stitched the basted hexies into rows...another good activity while watching TV





All  rows done!



Next job was to sew the rows together...that took a little longer but I love the result.  Next time I'll show you what the finished moon looks like.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Working on Clyde

Almost done



Just the background fill to finish!



Enjoy this beautiful  autumn evening!

Friday, September 21, 2012

A Quilting Day

This morning was my physical therapy, so that shot my morning.   The High Priestess had to be washed today to remove the excess dye and print paste so I decided to finish quilting Sampson while she was in the wash this afternoon.



The color wasn't quite right in that photo, so I put it on one of the guest beds to take advantage of the great light in that room.  Before I could get the shot look who found the quilt.



I tried to shoo him off, but didn't have much luck.



Do you think he'll bind it for me?

 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The High Priestess

Today I started painting her. For this one, I'm using Procion fiber reactive dyes.  I buy them from Dharma.  I thicken them so I can paint small details with no bleeding. To thicken, I use sodium alginate blended with urea and distilled water.  My fabric is Pimatex PFD.  I add the soda ash (dye fixative) right before I use a color...since it starts exhausting as soon as it mixes with the dye.



the skin... I combined 3 colors of dye to get this tone: misty rose with just a tad of peach and chamois added



the hair and eyebrows...the darker color is truffle brown...the lighter is dark brown



the lips and nails...Chinese red



pupils...black #39



irises...turquoise



bodice and skirt...also turquoise





And done for the day...wrapped in vinyl to keep the dyes wet overnight to "batch".



Not a bad day's work!  I think she will look wonderful on Vicki's Twilight gradient that I used to piece the background of this quilt!

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Next on My Easel

Now that  my fish painting is finished, the next project is up on my easel to be painted. This one is the first of my Tarot/Voodoo series..."The High Priestess".



This quilt will be part painted, part applique and part pieced. Most of the piecing is already done, as is some of the applique. So it's time to get busy painting my High Priestess.  After painting she will be appliqued in place on the pieced background.



I'm going to enjoy this series!  And this first one will be ready in time for the 2013 show schedule.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Cleopatra's Background

I finished the background painting on Cleopatra today.  It was done in two steps...first  layers of color and pattern



And then multiple layers of additional color



The pattern becomes very subtle with the additional layers of color, but you can still see it. It adds lots of depth and some interest too.

Now Cleopatra goes to wait with the others for her turn to be quilted.  And that will complete this fish series!

 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Last of the Fanta-Sea Fishees Series

Meet Cleopatra! The outlining is done and I'm just beginning to add her color.



Lots more to do, so I'm going back to work.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

"Mardi Gras"

Today is the reveal of the Fiberactions "Triad" color challenge.  My piece is called "Mardi Gras"

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12"x19"

For my colors, I chose purple, orange-yellow, aqua-green and I added black to the mix.



The colors said Mardi Gras to me, so I went with that theme and chose a mask as my feature element.  I dyed the background fabric  with fiber reactive dyes  sprayed randomly on the surface. The mask was then appliqued in place. The background quilting is a simple elongated grid to mimic a harlequin pattern.  I placed crystals in a swirl pattern to add the characteristic sparkle of ornate Mardi Gras masks.



I used 2 layers of batting; Quilters Dream Wool over Quilters Dream Puff.  For thread I used Superior's Rainbows "Rainforest" to stitch the grid. I then switched to So Fine to do the close stitching in the diamonds, matching the thread color to the fabric colors.

Such a simple quilt in design and execution...just goes to show  that simple can be fun too!

Be sure to head on over to the Fiberactions blog to see  what my fellow artists did with this challenge.

 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Harvey is Painted!

Done and waiting his turn to be quilted



Only one fish left to paint...Cleopatra is up next!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Back to Harvey

Since my challenge piece is finished, today I went back to work on Harvey.  While Bouree was sleeping, I got a lot done :)

This is what Harvey looked like the last time I showed him.



And after working on him today, Harvey now looks like this.



Pretty good progress!  And I even got a little quilting done on Sampson.

Time to stop now though, Bouree is up and demanding some attention!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

More Progress in Spite of My "Helper"

I have almost finished my Fiberactions challenge piece...just the edge finish and some bling left to do.  It's a wonder though, that I got it done with all the "help" I had from Bouree!

Today's post features some photos from yesterday of that crazy helper and  another peek of the quilt.

Bouree on the quilt



Bouree using the take up roller as monkey bars



and giving me the "what did I do" look!



And the last look at the quilt until the 15th...



Be sure to check back for the reveal!

 

 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Back to Work After Isaac

Finally!  All the cleanup is done around the house and yard. We are still waiting for a couple repairs to be done...but they are things we cannot do ourselves. So while we wait for the repair people I got back to work.

I finished the applique on the "Dream" quilt, so now it's waiting it's turn to be quilted.  "Clyde" also is finished and waiting his turn on the longarm.  I started piecing the background for the big Dream quilt..this one is for show so it will take a while.

I started painting the 5th fish in my series of 6..meet"Harvey"



On this one, I'm changing the order of things...the background will be painted last.

And I got a good start on my Fiberactions challenge piece due Sept. 15th.  The color challenge this time is a Triadic color scheme.

These are my chosen colors



I started by marking my background pattern like this



and this



I then mixed my dyes and sprayed the background colors. After batched and washed I added the applique ...a small peek below



This afternoon, I loaded it on the frame. Hopefully quilting will begin tomorrow.

It  feels good to get back to work...but it really feels good to have the AC back on again. :)