It is the first full day of summer and now the days begin to get shorter. It is also the beginning of what as kids we called “Maple Whistle Time”. As a kid for about a week we would use the maple seeds as a devise to make a whistle sound and drive my mom crazy. There is also a mulberry tree that is dropping its fruit that I pass under when I walk. That too brings up great childhood memories of climbing the mulberry tree in the front yard and eating those berries. They were so juicy. We even tried to make mulberry one time . Summer was always one day of adventure after another.
Progress Report: Green Dragons This piece is 31” w X 37.5” t. It is quilted with stitch in the ditch work and then machine drawing of five dragons was added on top. I stated out by outlining the dragon that was printed on the fabric panel in the work. I did little research on Google and then some drawings I then did the others in a mimic of fist dragon.I have not done a dragon quilt for many years, but there was a time when I did one as a yearly thing. It is fun to revisit themes .
Wind Blown This quilt is 16’ w X 29” t. I built up the background and then painted that ground. I knew I wanted a tree on the surface so I did some drawing.
After this step I had to decide how I wanted to build the trunk of the tree. I used tear away paper and drew the image again. Then I laid out yarn for that trunk and the limbs and free motion sewed them all together. After pulling away all the paper I free motion stitched the tree down. Next decision was how to make the leaves. I placed a piece of wash away on top of the tree and then sprinkled shredded bits of green fabric on top of the wash away. Last, I placed a bit of green organza on top to create a sandwich and free motion stitched the everything together. After washing out the wash away I flipped the organza to the back and free motion stitched it to the tree area.
Little Jellyfish I am still doing the hand work on this piece. Stitching down all the tentacles is slow.
Ethel Scrap Work I sewing sold blocks to the 5” pattern ones at this point.
Flag- Fly Fast For this banner I set the machine on zig –zag and drew the letters in free motion. I like the strange effect.
Flag-Dream This is the last banner that I made in Florida this spring. The letters are done with a chain stitch.
New Work I am building this in the build a unit technique that I use. The challenge Liz made was to use some of the hand dyed materials we had created.
Label Block # 130 I can see the end of this process now.
PS I will be away again next week . I am off to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright house Falling Water.
The north east has finally warmed up and we are enjoying the weather. I have spent a lot of time pulling weeds and moving plants. I do like playing in the mud almost as much as doing studio work. I did spend and afternoon dyeing with Liz, but I have yet to wash out the dye so there is nothing to show for that yet.
FAB did meet on Tues and there was lots of activity. Judy was tying three baby quilts during the meeting. She always uses such bright colors for them that it is a joy to the eye. Nancy is finally finished with her Blue Bird quilt. It is beautiful. Unfortunately my photos of it are not- so take my word for it.
Progress Report: Spring Jacks This work is 18” X 20”. The background is all felted work and the Jacks are appliqued on top. Sense the big Three Jacks piece has a new home I did this smaller one to remind me of that other project.
Prayer Flag Pins As the picture shows I am having too much fun using little bits of projects and stuff that ends up on my desk making these little guys. The freedom of no size or shape restrictions is wonderful.
Rainbow Tree I keep working away on this project in one hour units. I love the effect so I am not at all unhappy that I am only about one third done with this project. I am sure it will be well worth the time when it is complete.
Little Jellyfish I am working by hand on this piece with a fly stitch. The tentacles are couched. I do not want to use the machine to pull away from the movement they produce.
Green Dragon I am doing machine drawing on this piece. I did outline the print( its from Ethel) and started to continue the body. I took a lot of that stitching out yesterday as it was too big for the body. I will try again this week.
Texture Project I painted this background this week. In doing a second look I think it needs another layer of horizon so I will go back in and add some more paint before I machine draw on top of it.
Label Blocks # 127 #128 #129 Do to the warmth I spent a lot of time out of doors in the evening this week and did a lot more work on this project then usual. I am having fun as I see the pile of black square diminish.
PS I made an error last week I Label this jewelry as being created by Carrine and it is by Linda C.
This beautiful work is by Carrine. Please accept my apologies.