Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mini-Winter Landscape Quilt

An artist friend of ours is going through a tough time and so I thought I'd make her a quickly little landscape quilt. She is a watercolor painter now, but use to be a fiber artist, so I know she will appreciate the work.

This week at the inn, Natalie Sewell is teaching her fabric landscape class which always inspires me to make more landscapes!

I'm still itching to do some more work on the paper and fabric journals that I started in Kathyanne White's workshop.

But realized as I was clearing my tables to work on the landscape piece that if I want to make progress on more of these collaged journals, I'll need a more efficient way of storing all the STUFF. Right now I have stuff, such as beads and buttons and ribbons tucked away in a tall plastic set of drawers. Unfortunately the drawers are tucked away in a corner with a table and other stuff blocking the way! This makes it difficult to get any work done when you have to fight your way to the stuff you need! This may be a project for next winter.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

It's in the Bag at Gloversville Sewing Center

Can't believe it has already been 2 weeks since I went to Gloversville Sewing Center to buy some orange fabric for the back of my daughter's wedding quilt!

But I found two fabrics that worked well together and luckily there was enough on the bolts, although I emptied one of them! And since I dropped over $100 dollars on this purchase, my shopping bag was 2 fat quarters sewn together. Clever and appreciated -- nice fabrics, too!

I have put together the back for the quilt in a checkerboard fashion using 15" squares of these two fabrics. (Sorry Adina, I just couldn't restrict myself to the use of just one fabric! But it will look great!)

I'm taking it to the longarm quilter's at the end of the month and she'll quilt it in May. Once I get it back I'm going to try to get a picture of it hanging off the second floor balcony of the Inn.

Now that that is done it is back to art quilts.

I made another "fields of promise" piece last Saturday and will finish putting the sleeve on it this Saturday. Then it will be ready to photograph.

Carol Taylor is teaching a workshop with us this week at the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops and her vast arrange of fancy fibers for sale has put me in the mood to do a little couching of yarns myself - which I did on the Fields of Promise 2.

I was collecting fancy fibers way before I became a knitter. I like using them to cover the edges on raw edge applique. I love the sparkly stuff - great for adding the little bit of umpf to the lines of a piece.

I couched yarn or metallic cord over all of the Moon Series quilts. This is one of them.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Sewing of a Different Nature

I thought I was going to get to start a new art quilt, but then I remembered that I had sewing of a different nature to get done.

One of the loveseat cushions in a guest room was getting frayed in one corner, and having inquired about professional reupholstering costs previously, I decided to give it go myself! (Not putting down the work or the worth of professionals, but we have a lot of furniture and not unlimited funds! LOL)

Luckily it was just the cushion needing help, so I was confident that I could do a reasonable job.

So here are the results.

I should mention that I'm a big fan of MacKenzie Childs and their wildly decorated furniture! Obviously, this it not quite as wild, but I'm starting gently!

I think it turned out rather nicely. I just made a simple zippered box cushion cover without welting. I made matching arm covers, but I'm thinking I now need to make new cover for the pillows in a coordinating moss green fabric for some more contrast and to complete the "patchwork" look.

Today I go shopping for the orange fabric I need to complete my daughters quilt.