Monday, July 29, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
I have been working on my beach scene again, I have to get it done. Choosing ocean fabric was not easy as I have quiet an assortment of blue water fabric. I pulled out the appropriate fabrics, and arranged them by value and color, from gray blue, to clear blue and a bit of blue green. Trying to work out a value placement, the lighter grayer blues in the distance, changing to blue green at the left, and then the brighter blues closer to the shore. These values seam to be working out, but I want to put it back on my design wall to really look at it.
Monday, July 15, 2013
I have finished 10 more Dear Jane blocks, some of the ones I had skipped because they were difficult, or had too many small parts. I was right! Some of them were very difficult, odd angles, and weird sewing steps, and small pieces, but I kept at it. I did find enough fabric, probably not the best choices for some of the blocks, contrast has been a problem. Most of my fabric is mid range colors, and my solids are pastel or medium values, so I had to vary colors to improve contrast. Only one more to go, the star with a small "Ohio Star" in the center.
Friday, July 5, 2013
After all the work on the "River" piece, I needed a break from the intense quilting, so I worked on my "Dear Jane" blocks. Just straight sewing on the sewing machine, with bits of hand applique. The blocks are all made from vintage fabric that I have collected from garage sales, and antique shops. I managed to do at least two a day for a week, and only have 8 more to do. Of course they are the most difficult ones, that I skipped before, and now have to make myself do them. I am having trouble finding enough large pieces of fabric, most of what I have is small scraps, and I have used a lot of it already. I am trying not to duplicate the fabrics, but I did on several of the blocks. There are a total of 169 blocks, so I've done about 160, 5" blocks. The next question is, do I want to make the 52 pieced and applique triangles for the border? After looking at the patterns, most of them can be done in paper piecing techniques, as they are odd shapes to fit in a long triangle. The paper piecing would make them quicker and easier, but still a lot of work.
Saturday members of the Fyber Cafe group went to Elkton for an art & music event to raise money for the school music program. We set up a display booth of our art work, and also helped kids paint and draw on "Festival Flags" For more details see the Fyber Cafe blog, link on the right hand panel.