Archive for January, 2012

Photographer Comment

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

As requested I sent the finished photo of “Harrier Hunting” to the the photographer, Ashok Kohsia who graciously permitted me to use one of his wonderful photos for reference for this piece. His response was:

Fabulous, fabulous!!!!! A.

FIVE exclamation points! He is a man of few words, but I think he likes it.

“Harrier Hunting” Finished!

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Friday I finished the quilting ( I thought!) and blocked the quilt, prepared the back, binding and sleeve so it would be ready to finish Saturday. Ooops! I forgot to quilt the orange areas. legs, feet, beak plus a little bit of the sky. Finished that and by evening I was hand sewing the binding to the back, Sunday morning I took the pictures for entry, even though the binding is only partly sewn, it looks finished from the front. It finished at 51 x 42″. Looking back, I see that I started the quilting on Jan 19, so it took 10 days¬† to get it done.

Sunday afternoon I met friends for brunch and a matinee performance at Topeka Civic Theater where we saw “The Last Days Of Ballyhoo”. It was good but made me miss entry day for the Topeka Art Guild’s next show. I had planned to get in on Saturday for an early entry but was just too busy. So this will be the first time in all the years I’ve been a member that I will have nothing there for the next two months!

Sunday evening after dinner, I did the online entry for Celebrate Spring, so now it is out of my hands. I had been trying to think up a good name for it, but faced with no more time and an empty line, I typed in “Harrier Hunting”. It will do. It was entry # 48 with a couple of days to go.

Still Quilting, Lancaster News

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Except for lunch and a walk, I quilted all day yesterday, from 8-5. Having the walk in the middle gave me the ability to carry on at the machine, and I made good progress. Today should be a repeat!

I know– I put too much quilting on, but I guess it is just my signature style, I can’t help it!

I got word yesterday that “The Merchant’s House” was juried in to the AQS show at Lancaster, and word today that it is due home from Road to California Thursday. No prize this time but it got very good judges’ comments except that they didn’t like the way the rock fabric didn’t match up. Oh, well. I kinda thought it added to the “old” look.

Blooming Amaryllis

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

This gorgeous Minerva Amaryllis was a Christmas gift. It has been blooming for at least two weeks! This is the second stem and they have both had four blooms. Wow!

This red one is over two feet tall and I have had it for at least three years, maybe four, now. It only has three blooms per stalk, but they are huge, each eight inches across!

It’s lovely to have things blooming when it is so cold and dead outside. Perfect weather to stay inside and quilt. The harrier must be at least half done now, with just some foreground and the sky left to do. I’m finding that I can’t quilt for 6-8 hours like I used to do, 5-6 hours is about all I can take!

Quilting the Harrier

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Monday morning was busy with preparing and shipping “Watermelon Wine” which was invited to go to Florida for the “Faces of Color” exhibit in Daytona Beach, Feb 1-Mar 30.

Then preparing a backing and layering and pin basting the harrier piece for the machine quilting. That was ready to go at lunchtime and here it is after 5 hours of quilting!

Machine quilting is not as fast as you might think! Other demands kept me from the machine Tuesday and parts of Wednesday, but I managed to finish the bird and get a good start on the background. Today I am looking forward to uninterrupted quilting time; we’ll see…

Good news phone call yesterday from the Topeka Art Guild gallery, “Alaska” sold! This piece was begun in a landscape workshop with Patty Hawkins. It is fused applique, not my usual pieced technique, and though it does reflect my typical fabric choices, I was glad to let it go! It was inspired by a photo that I took in Alaska.

Harrier Top Finished

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Yesterday I tried to update my blog, but WordPress would not let me in!

Last week was pretty busy and I only found time to work sporadically. Time is running out though and I was determined to finish the Harrier on Saturday which I did!

I was not happy with the way the tail sort of disappeared and it is hard to tell the tail from the wing (which I hope will be remedied with the quilting) The leading edge of the tail feathers are seen at an angle and so they do not stand out as much. I laid in some snippets of white which some Harriers actually have and I thought that it would be worth working another day to unsew and add in an edge of white to the tail feathers.

I think it was worth it!  Love that sky which is a hand dyed fabric that I  got at the Kaw Valley Quilt Guild fall sale.

Today I will start the quilting.

Business Gets In The Way

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Last summer when I got he books caught up, I had every intention of keeping up. But did I? Of course not! Now here I am having to do 6 months worth in a few days so I can file my sales tax by the 15th. Since the state put me on a yearly basis this past year I didn’t have the deadlines to keep it up, and unfortunately deadlines rule my life these days.

So, there has been precious little sewing time. It took all of Saturday morning just to do his feet! And a few stolen hours here and there to get to this point:

I think changing to a darker color around his face might pop it more:

Happy New Year!

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good
madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who
thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art; write or
draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere
in the next year, you surprise yourself.
– Neil Gaiman

I couldn’t have said it better myself – Happy New Year everyone!