A View of My Quilt Life

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Firebird - Phoenix Rising FINISH!

The Phoenix Rising challenge quilt is finished!

It's hanging in the studio, needing a final tape roller cleaning before going off to the show but it's done and I'm happy!

On to the next challenge.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Van Gogh Cow - Finish!

It's a FINISH!
My Cherrywood Fabrics Van Gogh Challenge quilt is done!

This is not the official entry photo but I was eager to post it and announce the finish, once I got the eyes painted.  By the time this post goes live, I will have done any last minute details & cleaning, and uploaded it to the online entry link, where it will go through the jurying process. Fingers crossed!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Painted Quilt Details

I busted out my acrylic paints this week to add some shading to the center medallion of the Phoenix Rising quilt. By mixing in some textile medium, the paint flows better over the fabric.

In the first picture, the middle red feathers have had the edges painted.  It evens out the edges, filling in between the zigzag stitches and adding a slighter darker shade of middle red to the feathers.

In the next picture, the painting has been done on the orange feathers - particularly noticeable on the tail feathers.

The last picture of the night, the painted shading is done on everything except the darker red feathers.  I needed to pick up some cooler dark pink paint to mix into the reds I have in order to match the Kona Cotton Rich Red fabric.

Can't wait to get the last of the red feathers painted.  You can see the thread I use was variegated red and a it's a bit too light.  The paint will take care of darkening it, so it blends a little better. 
And the pink paints were an epic fail. ARGH!
But then I remembered the DH had bought me these awhile back (on clearance at Hobby Lobby!).

LOVELY!  I pulled them out & found a red shade actually match with NO mixing. Even better! The red fabric rectangle does not photograph true but the blob of paint to it's lower right is the match.

The red feathers were quickly painted. A few last minute touch ups with a black laundry marker and done.

Which means this quilt is a FINISH!   I'll get some full pictures once the final cleaning is complete and it's ready to go off to show. I am very happy with how it turned out and having it done before this weekend, as other adventures await.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Slow Stitching Sunday

Last Sunday dawned bright and sunny, and hot and humid.

So I went riding. On days like this, you want to get your ride in early but even at 9:00 am, we were hot & sweaty just getting ready to ride. It's important to make sure all the horses & riders get plenty of water and take it easy.

After that, you can imagine it was time to take it easy, right?  Yeah, no.  It was time for some tree trimming.  Lumberjacking in the noon day sun - what fun!  There were a few dangerously low hanging branches endangering two corrals with electric fencing. 

By noon, I was pretty much done in and headed home.  The DH was taking it easy cause his back was bothering him which meant a low key afternoon.  By 3:00 pm, there was a distinct shift in the weather.

A storm front moved in with clouds, wind & a huge downpour.

What a welcome change!!  It was awesome! I was safely, happily ensconced in my studio, doing some slow stitching. 

By 8:30 pm, I had all four sides of the binding on the Phoenix Rising quilt turned and stitched down.

No, it didn't take 5 and a half hours just for the binding, there was laundry, cleaning, dinner and a trip to the bookstore in between stitches.  The corners still need to be finished but I am one step closer to being done.  Considering I dropped off the quilt show entry forms for this quilt & the Solstice Sampler on Saturday, almost being done is a good thing. That show is right around the corner on August 5th.

Monday, July 24, 2017

More Machine Quilting on the Phoenix

The Rising Phoenix quilting goes on.

Doing some straight lines (rays) on all of the applique sun rays. So, rays on rays, I guess.

And some outline quilting on the inside of the piano keys.

It is slow but steady, plugging away at it. No idea how I'm going to quilt the sun appliques yet. I'll cross that bridge when I get there or maybe some inspiration will come to me when I'm in the shower or at 3 in the morning. Kind of have to just roll with it.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Machine Quilting on Phoenix Rising

So, like a minute ago it was June.

Now, a little more than half of July is gone & I have projects that absolutely need to get finished.  I've been doing the machine quilting on the Phoenix Rising quilt in stages. After hopefully fixing the issues I created by not overstitching the edges of the phoenix before layering, I was able to get on with the quilting.

I did some rays going in towards the bird from the corners of the setting triangles.

And some simple subdividing angles on the flying geese. The stepped piano key border created the perfect opportunity to go old school and quilt what looks like string art.

I took the picture before I stitched it out so the pattern is visible. I'm using black thread on black fabric, of course. I also did outline stitching around the sun appliques.  The plan is to add some stitching on top of the applique parts, too.  Then I need to figure out how to quilt the piano keys and do it quick!
After all the quilting & binding gets done, I'm planning on some accent painting on the phoenix, to add a little more dimensional detail.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Amazon Prime Day = New Studio & Stash Additions

Amazon Prime Day is basically Black Friday in July.  Since DH & I are Prime members this year, I decided to check out some things, you know, just take a look see. What could it hurt?  Besides the checkbook, of course. 

There were a lot of items. A lot of items! And, since I didn't have all day to sit on the computer buying things we don't need, the checkbook was safe. I did score some new things for the studio & the stash. First up - Art Bin Double Deep Super Satchels.

These will provide some great project storage. Like for the new colors of Marcus Fabric Aged Muslins I got.

There are a few more colors of this collection I want to get my hands on. A few of them are:

Not sure what they are going to be yet, but I do like the muted colors and hand on these. They are a little older so finding them will be a challenge.