Category Archives: Scrap Happy Quilts

Spring Rains

 

Red BudsHello,

The spring rains here in central New York sure have pushed the buds forward and the trees are greening up.Silk Paper  Its so pleasant outdoors I even ate my breakfast out on the patio this morning.       I finished up the drying and pressing of the silk paper from last week.  This one is my new favorites with the captured Japanese Lantern pods from Regina in it.    I did a lot of work in the studio this week and the project report will support that.

Milkweed Pods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress Report:  Milkweed Pods    This stretched work is 18” X 24”.     There is a lot of  free motion machine drawing in this piece.   IMG_7977   The background was built up and then the milkweed pods were added on top.   The steams were created with three yarns that were   zig-zagged   together and then sewn down on the surface.   I did a lot of stitching on the pods to show the woody  textures on them. IMG_7978

ScribbleScribble    This small quilt is 18” X 21”.   It is made from   the cut away fuse backed scrap fabrics that I have  have created in the last few weeks.  The green from the Jacks and the pink from the blossom projects.   I then just do a lot of free motion machine play on top to hold it all down.   This quilt along with two others will go to the  Animal  Shelter here in town to be put in the wire cages.  They  soften the effect of the  metal cages a bit.

 

Flags- Wood Ibis    Wood IbisI just keep working away on the flags that I made in Florida.   The lettering here was done with a Sharpie marker.

 

 

THe FoxFox This too is one of my Florida Flags.   I used fabric markers to add color and do the   big lettering on this one.    The small text is stamped work.

MantisIMG_7939 This work has fabric crayons as the color agent.  The lettering is done with a stencil and  silver stamping ink.

 

 

Pond Water  Pond Water  This project is going slowly as most of the current attachments are being made by hand.  I work for several hours last week  adding these little white units.   This work is a part of my curvy cur series.IMG_7980 The white is deconstructed screen worked fabric that I purchased from Randy.

Four more PodsPods   I continue to create more of these pods.  I am having fun using lots of the beads from my box and some of the fancy buttons I have purchased  of the years.   It is much nicer to do little projects then to build a big beaded work.

 

 

 

Scrap HappyIMG_7982   Ethel’s scrap box was calling to me this week too.  So I got busy and spent time putting together the little  strips she had precut.   I can see this project will be a slow one- but sometimes I need to do “no mind” stuff  and this will go the trick.

 

 

Iced LeavesIce   Two days of cold rainy weather got me going again on this project.  All the white/snow  is free motion quilted  now and most of the leaves are attached as well.

Close up I do enjoy the process when I get going.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scarves    ScarrvrsI have completed the stuffing of two more scarves.  I like the process but it is very slow.  I takes over half an hour to fill all the units for one row of the scarves.    I am ready to add the silk fabric in the centers of these works.  I have learned that the nylon net is to scratchie for the neck, so I add a unit of softer fancy fabric to the center that rests against the neck .  The good part is finding homes for all those little  stray objects that collect in the drawers.   I am including lots of jewelry bits from grandmother’s   button tin  too.

 

Label Block # 118 Label Block #118 I put a lot of hand work into other things this week so I only got one block done.    Only 27 to go now.

Keep Creating

Carol

Could be Spring

 

Snow DropsHello,

It has been so warm the last few days that  the plants are a bit confused.  These Snow Drops are proof of that.   I am enjoying it though.

IMG_6925_thumb.jpgThere is a class at QBL taught by Elizabeth Bush were one is encouraged to rework pieces that are one is not happy with.  I have been looking at  First Fall and feel it is not as successful as it could be.  So I took the plunge and re did the leaf by adding orange to it.   I feel that this rework helps the final piece.   The First Fallcenter of interest is stronger and draws the eye to one of Maureen’s “ Golden Points”. IMG_7538

 

 

Teasel Trouble 24x18Progress Report:Teasel Trouble  This work is 24” X 28” inside the frame.  The frame was a gift from my friend Patti.    These are the original  teasel heads that were too small that got lost on the first background.

close up  When I made this one I made the background simpler and in a rusty color to show off the  heads.  ( the color in this photo is awful! the color in the full shot is a lot closer to reality)

IMG_7532  The smaller heads in the background are made from silk paper.

 

Sharron's Challenge

Sharron’s Challenge  This top is all assembled.  I find it to be a little quiet  and not to interesting so I decided to add a cherry blossom limb on top of it. Limb I drew a limb on wash away in magic marker and then built a limb on top.   The white paper shapes and the pink/orange shape  represent the flowers.  I plan  to add more.

limb 2  Then I did a second look and decided that the limb  was too light in value so I started a second one yesterday.   It works with the background much better.   It is made from the sleeve of a tweed wool jacket that Tanya had given.   It does not take over the  background either.IMG_7516  I am about half done with the build up of the limb and then I will add pink blossoms.

IMG_7510_thumb.jpgWiggle Cut Being a frugal person, I decided  I would still use the first limb on a different background so I built this one for that purpose.   I will slice this vertically and shuffle the parts and then add the fist limb on top.

 

 

IMG_7522.jpgSummer Meadow I am reading  Layer, Paint, Stitch  by Wendy Dolan.  This is my attempt at the first exercise she suggests.   It is built up with layers of white and off white textured materials.  I need to add some more lace flower forms on this before I go onto the next step.

 

 Samurai Romance Samurai Romance  I am also still working through Stitch, Fiber, Metal and Mixed Media   by Alysn Midgelow-Morden too.  This is the first step of the second assignment in that book.  ( the pods were the first)   I still need to attach more cording to the surface of this section so I can go onto the next one.   I am enjoying thinking about how I can apply these different little ideas to my own work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bird Land 12" X12Bird Land

 

 

 

 This is  12” X 12” and it is my entry for the SAQA auction for 2017.   I only need to add a sleeve and label to the back and it will be ready to ship.  I enjoy the organization and I am glad to add to the fund raiser.

 

 

Xavier Wood Ice   Xavaier Wood IceI continue to do the free motion work on this piece.  The build up is slow as it is so large and I only work  for an hour at a time on this process.  I find that if I try to do more it  becomes very sloppy and I feel like I lose control.

Scarp Happy IMG_7525  All the rows of this quilt are done now.  I started cutting pieces for the back yesterday  so now the end is in sight.

Block # 108Label Block # 108  With the completion of this block I only have twelve more to finish this step.   I will do a recount this week to make sure that my numbers are correct.  I am getting excited.  The bad news is I still have lots of labels left over…….

 

Keep Creating

Carol

Wintery walks

 

pathHello-

I am so very fortunate to live where I can walk three blocks and be in a wild area.  This was the trial( made by deer) I took earlier this week after we had a 10 inch snow fall of lake effect snow.  It really loaded down the branches and out lined them as well.  IMG_7462I so enjoy looking at the way the snow shows off the liner structures of different types of trees.  It is fascinating to me.  It has also set me on a new approach for some new work I want to try.  That idea is not developed enough to share it yet but if and when it does I will inform you.

With all that snow I did two batches of snow dyeing.  And the new IMG_7491snow today will be the beginning of a third.  Only one  is completed and pressed.  These are a great combination of yellow, green and brown.

Teasel IProgress Report: Teasel I  This work is 24” X 18”.    It is stretched and has a wire in the back for hanging.   The pods are made from  a bit of Kimono silk with hat netting placed on top to give the feel of the many sections in the pods.IMG_7496 The spear’s are hand embroidered on top and along the sides.   The handwork step is done last.IMG_7499

 

 

Teasel IITeasel II  This work is now ready for the spear’s to be added to the work.   Again they will be done by hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Xavier Wood Ice Xavier Wood Ice   This work is just getting the start of the machine tack down.  I keep turning it different directions to decide what way is up.  Things will change a lot as I add in more and more texture.

 

 

 

 

PodsPods   I have finished all  of step three for the first pods.  Now I need to add a few beads to the bottoms and decide if I want to make more of them or move  onto the next project in the book.   I have lots of  created fabric leftover.  It could go into other things  too.  I need to consider.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharron’s Challenge  Cherry BlossemsAll the parts of the silk have been connected for this challenge.  I am thinking that I will build up a further surface on top of this work.   It is too mono chromatic at this point.

 

Scrap Happy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scrap Happy   All thirty  17.5”  blocks are built for this project at this point.  The photo shows two blocks.   All the fabric is from Ethel’s scrap box.    I need to build more sashing and assemble it now.  It will be colorful.

Label Block # 107 

Label Block #107 The two big labels made this block go together quickly this week.

Enjoy the season and

Keep Creating

Carol

PS       One last snow covered tree.Tree

Winter

 

IMG_7387Hello,

We are deep in the cold of winter here and that makes me stay in the studio and get a lot done.  But I do have the meetings that come at the first of each month.  QuEG’s meant.    Liz is busy doing hand work on her project that she dyed last fall at the  play/work retreat at the Schweinfurth.  That is her work at the top.

Sue Ellen'sSue Ellen is busy too and she made this colorful quilt for the Linus Project.  I always get  a lot more out of the group meetings.

Circle Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This time I showed them all the Circle Challenge pieces all together.  IMG_7436.jpg That lead to a whole lot of playing with how they could or should be presented.   I continued the whole idea when I got home.

IMG_7433.jpgThere are just so many ways to go with them.

 

circle placementThe Diva’s had a good time playing with them too.   There was a lot going on at that meeting as well.

 

 

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Alice has finished her Bed Quilt and she made prints of the finished work to give to all the folks in the family who owned the bed so they have the history.   I think that is a good idea.

 

LiesaLiesa  is building a wonderful book on stamps.   She printed the stamps on fabric for this work and laments that she still has all the original  stamps left.

 

Donna's work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donna just returned from a 10 day retreat where she did a lot of Gelli printing and pastel work. IMG_7409Maureen is doing lots of work with indigo so she can do more teaching of the techniques.   She shares her knowledge so very kindly.

 

Regina's work Regina went off to the  conference called “ Rocky Road to California” and took a class with the Tentmakers of Cairo.    She keeps exploring new techniques.

 

 

Ruth's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruth is busy with her wonderful clam shells too.    It was a good meeting and I came home with new ideas of things to do with my own work.

 

 

Three JacksProgress report: Three Jacks This work is 28” X 40”.  Because I had to take it apart  to fix the nail at the bottom I took photos of the work without the glass.  No  problems with reflections that way.   I also did a major cleaning of the glass- something that I had not thought of before either.  IMG_7446The work is dramatic and I like it a lot.

cl up- three Jacks  The velvet jacks really convey the rich contrast of the two parts of the flower.

Snow Dying

IMG_7420It snowed this week and so I did a bit more snow dyeing.  It is snowing today too so I will do an orange batch next.

TeasilTease I   I did the hand stitching on this work this week.  It is almost ready to stretch.

 

 

Teasel II IMG_7386  I pulled this fabric for the background  of the green teasel heads I made the week before on Monday.  Then I worked hard on getting that section done.   I got all excited  and even moved on to pinning the heads in place.  They are not stitched down.  Teaseil II   No problem with contrast this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ScarfLeaf Scarf   I did a lot of free motion work on this piece and determined yesterday that it was complete.   It is based on a work I saw on Pintrest by  Amanda McCarvour.  close up os scarf I only work from what I remember not from any reading or recheck.  So when I did look a second time yesterday, I was surprised by how different they were.  I like the vanes of leaves mixed with the wool roving .IMG_7425  The places where I  tried to work in air collapsed so I think when I try it again I will put a layer of nylon net in the middle of the sandwich so there is a some stability to the whole thing.    That and more stitching lines will do the trick I think.  It will also help avoid the arching that happened with some of the gold leaves.

Xavier Wood IceXavier Wood Ice  I have been taking a lot of photos on my walks of ice and now I am ready to begin a new ice work.  This is the fabric lay out at about the middle of the process.

Pods IMG_7429 I have assembled two of the pods from the felted pieces that I made.  They are nor quite finished as I think I want to add some additional beads on the bottoms  of them.   But I am making progress.  It is like the circle challenge in the way that I can think  of more  variations for each side as I go along.   I will play until I tire of the process.IMG_7431

Scrap Happy  IMG_7432.jpgI have been assembling the strips and cut pieces from Ethel’s scrap box for a few weeks.  I cut them into five inch squares yesterday and made a block.  It is 17” on a side.  That is a little bigger then I usually use so I may need to make adjustments as I move forward.

Block #106Label Block # 106   I was in Jo Ann’s this week and I was tempted to purchase some additional embroidery  thread- but I resisted.  Then when I got home I did a little search and found a new bag full, so I am very happy I did not give into temptation.  Only fourteen more blocks to build.

Keep  Creating

Carol

Working time

 

Four 6X6Hello,

I feel good about the confines of winter as I seem to get a lot done.  I am still feeling the energy of my show too.  I will take it down tomorrow however.  I have four works in the Cabin Fever Quilt show at Bette Branch Library here in town though.   These four little works  pictured here are my 6” X 6” pieces for the Rochester Art center.  I  mailed them off on Tuesday.   They are all part of the felted work I was doing last week.   I still have big chunks of the felting to use in the project when I get the final additional parts.

IMG_7349FAB meant this week and everyone had work to show and talk about.   This is Patti’s new weaving project.  The can at the bottom is full of her woof  threads.   IMG_7350 Judy put aside her red sweater for the summer and has not pulled it out again.  She is getting to the arm wholes near the top now.

 

Nancy'sNancy got busy and finished off six new placemats for her home.    They are spring like I think.

IMG_7381  We had another snow storm last night so I am doing more snow dyeing.  This is a shot of the top of the bucket shortly after I put the dye on top of the snow that is setting on top of the prepared fabric.   Now to await the melting/dyeing.

FlingProgress Report:  Fling This work is 50” X 34”.   It is based on a collage and  has Ethel’s Marbleized fabric( the orange) and my hand dyed yellow and the light green and blue stuff.  IMG_7366   The quilting is done in two styles.  For the orange and the white fabrics I followed the edges of the color changes.  For the purples I did a pebble style. IMG_7372

 

Circle Challenge VICircle Challenge VI   This work is 14” X 19” .   It has a lot of movement in it.  The quilting is reflective of the circles and done in quilting thread.  IMG_7377  I liked adding the beading at the end and I will do that again in number VII.

Circle Challenge VIICircle Challenge VII   I finished the  quilting last eve.   It is trimmed and ready for beads and facings so I will finish it quickly this week .   

 

IMG_7382 Three Jacks   I put this work under glass this week- and that makes  for awful reflections.   Then before I sealed the back with brown paper I checked it and noticed that I had some how gotten a nail on the outside  between the matt and the glass.   So I will need to take it all apart and do it again before it is complete. IMG_7383

 

Scrap Happy     IMG_7379.jpgI continue to work through Ethel’s scrap box.  I need to complete a scrap happy quilt for the Prevention Network so I have been putting in an hour a day putting the scarps together.   They are cheerful I think.

Scarf IMG_7353   I have always  enjoyed  looking at a project and trying to figure out how it was done.  So this week when I saw a wonderful image on Pinterest I thought- I will try to do something similar.   First I pulled out a lot of green roving.    After adding some leaves I cut from gold ribbon, I placed them  on some wash away and drizzle some yarn on top of the whole thing. IMG_7374   After placing a second bit of wash away on top to create a sandwich I started stitching everything together.   This will take me a while to complete, but I am looking forward to this little challenge.

TizelNew Work   I am all done with the assembly of the background for  this project.  But when I added the Tezel on top I did not quite  work as I though it would.    Then I looked at it in gray scale on my camera and realized the Tezel heads are too small and too close in value to the background.  The opposite of what I did with the Jack in a Pulpit project.    So I took the heads off and created new ones that are bigger and have a bit of orange in their color  to create a contrast with the background.  Brown TizelThey work a lot better.  Now I will need to create a new background for  the first heads.  I am going to test myself by creating it in the same  size as  the first and see if I can make it work with just a value changes.

Sharron’s ChallengeIMG_7380   Sharron  and I purchased the same kimono( the stuff in the center) last year and have a challenge to created something with it.  I pulled some fabrics that I think work well with this fabric and will start a project soon.

IMG_7344.jpg Creative Assistants  I finished off a new batch of these little fellows this week.  I need to really get going on them as I do not have much of a tribe yet this year.  I want to be able to give them away  at QBL this summer and not leave anyone out so I need to get going.

Label Block # 105 Block #105   I think that I only need to do fifteen more and I will be done with this step of this project.

Keep Creating

Carol

Holiday Season

 

Judy's treeHello-

I am in the holiday spirit and enjoying the fun.     I like the lights, the trees, the great smells,  the bright packages and the candles.  Folks seem to be happier too.    This tree is Judy’s and it is always lovely.  Mother Nature is doing her part as well. Tree with snow All the trees were outlined in white this morning when I got up.  I sure like that look too. We had a FAB meeting this week.  It was good to see folks as we seem to only meet once a month now days.  Nancy had  been working away on her mother’s Blue Bird quilt and it looks great.IMG_7108She Circle Challene1has appliqued down all the  big  sunflowers now.  They look so happy.

Progress Report: Circle Challenge 1   This project is getting hand attention now.   I have completed adding the big beads and I am now quilting  big circles.IMG_7126  This is slow progress.

Circle Challenge 2 IMG_7123Because I am impatient I laid out and did the top for the second one in this challenge.   I have only stitched the shapes to the background.     I have several ideas about how to embellish this one.   There will be some color changes in the next one as I am out of some of the fabrics already.

Wool 1Wool 1 I have not touched this work in a few weeks so I really came back to it with clear eyes this week.  The colors need to flow together a bit more for me to be really happy with this one.  There is lots of distortion at this point too.  More free motion work will help that part.

 

 

 

 

IMG_7119.jpgPinks    This little work has not been touched in an even longer time than wool 1.  It dose make me feel like spring or cotton candy.    The spring thing is not a good sign as winter only started yesterday.

 

 

 

Wendy layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name Game- Wendy and Mark   I am in the early stages of this new project.  These two sections are Wendy’s name on the top and the negative space on the bottom.   Mark layoutThe Mark sections are laid out the same. They are only pinned to the surface and not stitched down yet.  After that is completed I will stack the four parts and slice them into units and mix the pieces and put them back together.

 

 

 

Aunt Shirley's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aunt Shirley’s quilt    This is a scrap happy quilt for my Aunt.   It is a small twin as the first one I gave her was too  big.   I hope this dose the trick.  It is a bit quieter than most scrap happy’s because   she asked for  lots of greens for her quilt.   I need to add quilting and do the binding then it will be done.    I gave away  a scrap happy today because my daughter needed one for her one of her clients.   Now I need to make a new one for the closet so I am prepared for  the next request.

 

 

IMG_7117.jpg Label Block # 99   This block went fast as the labels were so very big.  Only 21 more to complete.

I hope the joys of the season bless everyone’s, days.

Hugs

Carol

First Week in October

 

AngelaHello-

It is the first full week of October and I went to my group meetings on Tuesday.  At QuEG’s, Angela started us out with  a baby quilt top she has finished for her yet to be born grand daughter.  She is excited about it. IMG_6530  She also showed us some of her work  from an on line class  she took.     I really like the idea of making your sketch life sized  before beginning work.   A simple idea that had never occurred to me.   I have always done a thumb nail sketch- but I can see value in doing it life sized.  Angela with bookShe also had her books from her class at QBL to share.  It looks like she learned a lot and had a good time.

Linda shared her   workings with her new felter.IMG_6531   This is a great start and  I think she will do more on it and do several other projects.

Lionda's FpreatLinda also created this wonderful forest quilt.  It has so much depth.

Sue Ellen is busy getting ready for Christmas at the shop so she was trying out new ideas and this tree was one of them.IMG_6534 There were only five of us at the meeting, but we still managed to fill the two hours with sharing and talk.

Then it was off to the Diva meeting.LLiesa's Map     Lliesa started us out with a new map quilt.  Unlike her one from last year that was based on a real location, this one is all imagined.   I like how it is growing.

 

Ruth's Dianasour tracks  Ruth  is doing a series of works based  on Dinosaur tracks.  I like the way she is working .   The irregular shapes really look like chunks of rock to me.

IMG_6544Lorrie made this little quilt for  the sale at the quilt show next week end.   It is  a happy little thing.

IMG_6546 Donna is doing rust dyeing now and has achieved some great effects.      I always go home for the meetings with a real high on things to think about and try Like the rust dyeing…….   It is great to meet with folks of a like mind.

Water Run 24" X 20" wProgress Report:     Water Run   This work is 24” X 20” wide.   I sure enjoyed working away on this work.  When I stretched it I really  got going on the next ones too.IMG_6562  I like doing the free motion work as the fibers sometimes move as I work.

 

Water Run close upThat movement makes it feel more organic to me.

 

Land Fall in progress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land Fall   This work was designed  on a vertical layout, but is has turned to become a landscape type of work.  I try to pay attention when the work directs me and go with that flow.   It has about four hours of work in it so far.  Slow but enjoyable for me.

 

 

 

Felting  IMG_6551   I am still adding roving and fabric to the surface of this work.  I found some wonderful organza in one of my boxes when I was looking for something else.  I know it will blend well in this work.  No stitching yet.   It is starting to look a bit like a flame to me.

 

Back of Ethel's Nine PatchEthel’s Nine Patch    This is the back of Ethel’s Nine patch.  Again I am    using her fabric and I though I would add some solids in primary colors to it- but I like the effect so I have just built it this way.    There are lots of scraps left in the box, so I know there will be more work like this in my furture.

Queen Anne’s Lace  

close up of Queen Annn's Lace    I am  working on the hand stitching on this work.   There are only two more flower heads to do and that step will be complete.   My fried Tanya gave me some Eamu  feathers a few weeks ago and I think I may use them in this work.   The gray feather pinned  to the center area is one of the feathers.

 

Bird Land  IMG_6548 This work is on the bottom of the stack so it does not get much attention.  I did finish all the cutting of the birds this week though.   Now to stitch things down.

Label Block # 83Label Block # 83

I keep working away on these blocks and they keep getting completed.   No rush and no pressure really is a nice thing.

Keep Creating

Carol

Travel With Marty- To Lincoln Nebraska

IMG_6334Hello-

I am home from a wonderful and stimulating trip from Spokane Washington to Lincoln Nebraska.     We loaded a black rented jeep with 20 boxes of Marty’s books and our suit cases and we were off.  AspinFirst we went south along the   mountains  between Idaho and Montanta and enjoyed the landscape.  Our fist goal was to see a falt in southern Idaho

Shiftwhere the land shifted fifteen feet in the 70s.  The exposed slip is the white area in this photo.    The drive to this location resulted in a flat tire.   Thank goodness for  the help of a Fireman from Texas who helped us put on the spare.  But that meant taking the boxes of books out of the car so we could get to the spare and reloading them afterward.   We drove  to the next town and although it was Labor Day week end we found a tire dealership that was open.  They agreed to patch the tire.  So I unloaded the boxes again to get to the tire.  After he patched it the tire bulged so we did not put it on the car.  Loaded the books yet again and drove to IMG_6340.jpgIdaho Falls airport  where the car rental company traded our Jeep for a bigger car.  This picture is of Marty waiting outside the airport.       The new one was white and had so much fancy stuff on it that we never  figure them all out.IMG_6341  There was so much space in  this one that we did not even need to stack the boxes on top of one another.  We could have slept flat on top of them if we had to- but that did not happen.  Then on to Yellowstone.   Lots of stops there with  geysers and  hot springs,Hot springsmuseums and animals.   We checked put the petrified tree  and  enjoyed the day until  about two in the IMG_6372afternoon when it started to hail on us.  We pulled off and waited for it to stop as the hail balls were the size of marbles.  The storm lasted about half and hour and left the road covered with hail that made for slow slick driving.IMG_6374.jpg   This picture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

is a  view out the windshield early on in the storm.     We left the park and were told that the road we needed to use to get to our lodging was closed due to snow.   So we stop and found another cabin to stay in.   It stormed during  the night IMG_6381but we got up to sunny skies and snow covered canyon walls on both sides of our resting place.IMG_6384 We altered our plans   again and opted to drive  south and cross the Continental   Divide at Dead Indian Pass  as it was lower and less likely to be closed.    It was  a beautiful drive and we made lots of stops for pictures.    We continued south in Wyoming .

IMG_6359.jpg       Ate lunch along the Wind River  and continued to enjoy  the landscapes.

IMG_6408  We went to Fossil Butte  National Monument and enjoyed the wonderful museum there.  Life sized  alligator and  turtles with the four foot shells were among the fossils as well as lots of leaves and ferns.    We  had crossed the Continental Divide seven times before we left the mountains. We drove across the southern portion of Wyoming  and  into  Scott’s Bluff  just at sun set.  It is a good thing we got to  see it that evening because when we got up in the morning there was so much  fog one could hardly see across the four lane highway.    It took the better part of two days to cross the Nebraska sand hills.  We saw lots of wind mills, cattle and train cars loaded with coal.

Ashfall Fossil bed We visited the Ashfall  Fossil Beds.  They were a wonder, with  the remains of over one  50 rhinos, turtles, tortoises ,and Sand Hill Cranes.  There were the skeletons of  three types of houses- three toed and single hoofed ones.   And  species of saber toothed rabbit- something I had never heard of before.    We left the fossils for Lincoln  where we meant Rosalie.IMG_6421Friday was the last unloading of the boxes at the International  Quilt  Study Museum.  A man came  with a cart and did the job that time.

chinese quilt  We enjoyed the museum. There was a great display of quilts from southern China.   The silk made them very beautiful when they were mixed with gold  couched embroidery thread.     We took the tour of the Mountain  Mist Collection too.  IMG_6434   We explored Lincoln on the week end and enjoyed the public art that is so much a part of the city.   There are lots of beautiful brick houses too.  We also went to the German Russian Immigrant museum on Sunday.   It was great too.

Marty and Rosalie  On Monday we had a meeting with the director were she took Marty’s QBL quilt and showed us the storage and preservation  parts of the museum.  She spent a couple of hours talking with us and it was g good visit.  We enjoyed out stay at the Rogers House Bed and Breakfast but we were all glad to be on our way home on Tues.  morning.IMG_6463

 

Nine patchProgress  Report:  Ethel’s Nine Patch   I did do a bit of work before I left on Tues for the start of this trip.  I had the strips put together from our weekend at Judy’s camp and I started cutting them into 5” squares and matching them with solids from my Ethel stash.    The blocks are a nine patch and I may add sashing.   That remains to be seen

Along the Shore IMG_6465 I am doing the machine quilting on this one now.

IMG_6464Machine Painting   I started working on the machine drawing on this butterfly yesterday.   The printed butterfly is fused to organza  with a paper backed fishable.  Then it is hooped before I began the machine work.   I would not trim the butterfly before I did the machine work next time.  Even though it is fussed it is still fraying.

Label Blocks # 76,#77, #78, #79, #80Label Blocks I took this project with me on the trip and found lots of little snippets of time to do hand work so I got five blocks done in two weeks.

Keep Creating

Carol

Summer’s Ending

 

Mill SightHello,

As the nights get shorter and a few bits of color are starting to appear in trees one is reminded that summer is fast coming to an end.    I went off to Mill Sight Lake along with  other FAB gals for a weekend of talk and quilt work.   We did swim in the lake too, but due to a much needed rain on Sunday we did not get any boat work in.      We talked and discussed all sorts of things including the projects we where working on.  Patti made Pillow cases and Judy and  Nancy worked on Disappearing Squares- a block with lots of possibilities. IMG_6261 The food was great and we had  a good time.

Progress Report: Deep JelliesDeep Jellies   This work is 37” long and 41.5 “ wide.    I did stay true  to my vow to do hand work on it every day for and hour and it got done this week.   I sure enjoy the mixing of the orange and blue.IMG_6279 The dyed blue green lace and the deep blue ribbons  represent the  parts of the jellyfish that capture the food and pull it into  IMG_6281the center so digestion can begin.    IMG_6282  I still find the idea that these colorful fellows live in total darkness.

Tall TextTall Text  This quilt is 49” long and  32.5” wide.    started this project in Rosalie Dace’s class at  QBL.      I did reflective quilting in the negative spaces  around the text in this work.   IMG_6269IMG_6273It has been a good week to finish things up as I  prepare for my  travels.    I like to come back with a clean studio as I am sure I will get lots of new ideas on this trip.

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Far Off Forests  Far Off ForestsI am now done with the free motion work on this piece.  I need to get new stretcher bars to finish it as the machine work has so distorted it that it will  not stretch to fit the ones I have.

 

 

 

 

 

Ethel’s Scrap Nine PatchIMG_6290  I inherited this box full of leftovers from Ethel.   I took it on the camping  weekend.  I had one idea about how to use these colorful pieces but the other gals have convinced me to make a nine patch quilt with them.

IMG_6274.jpg   This is a shot of all of the parts I put together  over the weekend that I am now ready to cut into 5” squares and mix with solids for this project.     I know I would not have done it in this fashion without the influence of the other gals.

 

 

 

 

 

Label Block # 75  Label Block #75 I only got one block done this week.  I have several near completion though so I will keep my numbers correct.

I will be traveling with Marty for the next  few weeks so the next post will be Sept 15.

Happy Trails to you as well.

Carol

Butterfly Days

 

Hello,Butterflies

These beautiful paper butterflies represent the happy feelings I feel for this time of year.  Patti cut them with her press cutter on Wed when the FAB group meant.  I have seen some live ones too, but I am not fast enough with my camera to capture any images.  They seem to represent the slow easy time  we seem to be in now.   IMG_5872  We had our last FAB meeting until Aug as we  all  agreed that travel and family will now fill our days for a while.

I have learned that when I am unsure of what I need/want to do next I tend to start a new project.  The result of this is I have lots of new projects going on at the moment  and only have a Scrap Happy quilt finished this week.  That project too represents my feelings of unease, because scrap happy’s are  also fill in projects.    I have made 150 of these scrap quilts and they require no thinking on my part.  But they do keep my hands busy and  allow me to think through what is upsetting/ blocking  me with other work.

IMG_5888Progress Report: Dappled Sunshine   I finished the pebble quilting and the line quilting on this piece this morning.   I am now ready to add the facings and finish this project.    It will be done by next week.

Scarp Happy 150  Scrap Happy #150I have no home in mind for this quilt, but I am sure it will go to a worthy cause.

new Scarp Happy  IMG_5878  When I put together the center blocks for the last scrap happy I also made extra blocks.  Enough to make two more actually.   This one got put into the row form this week.

IMG_5881.jpgGenerational Whispers  The grandmothers and great grandmothers got drawn on to organza this week.  I know this was part of the stress I talked about as I do not feel very sure of myself when it come to do portatures. IMG_5882    My machine drawings  are human but not good likenesses of the folks they represent.  I have decided to let that be that way as only a few people know the subjects any way.  I will add a second layer of machine drawing when I attach them to the quilt surface.

Deep Jellies  IMG_5886.jpgThis work is also causing some stress for me.  I love the colors and the textures of the jellyfish themselves.   I am just unsure about the movement of the tentacles and how I want to quilt on this project.IMG_5884    There are lots of little design decisions in this piece.

IMG_5876.jpgWeeds    I am happily to the detail part of this project.  I like doing the hand work that defines the weed heads.    Three done and a dozen to go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wool work IMG_5877  This is the biggest machine felted work I have ever done and it too is very slow work.  I finally got stretcher bars with out any canvas on them and that is what this work will be used on.   I am not even done with the first layer, so there will be lots of color changes.

 

 

New top    IMG_5880.jpgThis in the newest piece that it based on a collage.   It also has Ethel fabrics and some I have altered, so it fits my personal challenge.  I think the the title will have something to do with angles or irregular cuts.

 

 

New Work IMG_5873   My friend Tanya gave me the wonderful big orange print fabric I am using in this piece.  It is in the real early stage.

IMG_5874.jpgLabel Blocks #64 and #65   I did double duty on the blocks this week.  It is so pleasant to set out doors after dinner and work in the evenings.   I hope  summer is bringing delight into your life too.

Keep Creating

Carol