Sunday, July 31, 2011

Squaredance with some Ultrasuede

Wow! The Ultrasuede really changes the appearance of the piece. My stitching is not the best, but I love the affect. I am trying to finish it before my local EGA meeting August 9.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Pretty Purse Finished

With all the rain we had yesterday, I had time to put the zipper in my Pretty Purse. I sewed up the edges and added the dorsett button I had made as decoration. My dd likes it.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

More Dyeing

This is no ghost, but me holding the back of my daughter's quilt. She wanted it to be tie-dyed.
Here it is in the dye bath.

My son is also working on a quilt. He is dyeing flannel for the back of his quilt. It was so big I needed a bucket to do it in . He thinks it will need more color-lime green. That may be a challenge....

This is why I have not been working on Serpentine. Hopefully I will have a picture of my completed Squaredance soon. Putting the little ultrasuede squares on is a pain.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Starting Serpentine

I framed up my brown canvas for Serpentine yesterday. Then I took out my instructions and started reading and looking at the photo that Ro Pace sent. The brown canvas would not work with my thread choices. I then remembered that Ro suggested I use eggshell, not white, as my canvas color. No eggshell in the stash, but I have a nice light blue. It shows as white in my picture, but it looks much better with my color choices.

It looks like the piece has canvas showing in one area-a lot of canvas. If my blues "clash" at that point, I will do something to make the canvas work.

Now on to basting...I hate basting!

Monday, July 18, 2011

September Promise is Done

It is so hot here that I could not go weed. My veggies will have to fend for themselves.... But I did manage to get some stitching in.

Maybe by tomorrow I will have my Pretty Purse sewn up. I need a little help from my friends as the instructions for finishing don't make sense to me.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Promise of A Mystery-Continued

I have been stitching, but there isn't much to show. This is the September stitches and I find it very tedious. Goblin and tent stitch. I will put a yellow Kreinik in the center, but I'm not sure what I will couch it with yet. I really want to work on Serpentine by Ro Pace, but I must get this done.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Serpentine Threads

I wasn't sure which of these photos woulds come out the clearest, so I posted them all. I won't be using all these threads and the overdye may be too dark, but I think I can frame up and start on my piece. I will hit my LNS on Thursday to see if I can find a better overdye.

Here are the colors: Finca Perle Cotton (in 16, 12 and 8)-2606, 2615, 2627, 3810, & 3822

Soie deParis-114, 3335, 3333
Kreinik Braid-001

Old Needle necessity(?)-183

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Workshop Progress

I really learned a lot at Deb Forney's Paisley Passion workshop. If you get a chance, I would recommend taking a class from her. I just got started on adding my appliqued Ultrasuede which is more difficult than it looks. I will miss class tomorrow, but I think I know how to finish this piece. But it must wait its turn as I have a few pieces that need to get done ahead of it!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Pretty Purse

The local library is doing Melanie Testa's Pretty Purse. Instead of using a single piece of fabric, they decided to make crazy quilts. For some reason my photo did not show colors very well. I am mainly using
fabric I have dyed myself. It is not close to done although it shouldn't take long as the project is small.
It needs some beads. Lots of beads.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pre-Work Done!

I was able to complete all my pre-work for Paisley Passion. My dd loves the color-it is called Mango. Thank goodness my mom is computer illiterate as she would be wanting the finished product which I think may be a purse. Maybe.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Getting Ready for Workshop

I am getting some work done on Paisley Passion before the class begins. I love the colors. The piece has a lot of sparkle because it calls for lots of Kreinik braid. I love sparkle!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Stash Enhancement

I should be working on Ro Pace's Cyberpointers GCC Serpentine. I ordered the kit but did not like the colors. (They are beautiful-just not me.) My LNS tried to help me pick new colors, but they could not order Finca perle cotton, so I ordered it myself. Then she emailed me and said the thread I need in silk would not work. Sigh. So several days ago I picked a silk color I liked and then ordered more Finca perle cotton. The LNS is ordering more Kreinik Braid and silk. Hopefully something I have ordered will work! If not, I have done a ton of stash enhancement! Thank goodness I can use the Finca on another project!

I've Been Published!

I was published in Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine which is a mixed media publication!!! I did their fabric swap and they picked one of my fabrics to publish. It isn't much, but I am excited. Their webpage is although I don't think you can read the magazine there. I don't have a picture of the fabric, but if you can find a July/August issue of the magazine, I am on page 82.