Wednesday, October 19, 2011

WIP on Wed Oct 19

Last night was my last of 4 batik classes.  It was a Parent / Child class through the local Community Education program and taught by local artist Cindy Peterson.  If you go to her online gallery, you can see that she uses batik as an art medium instead of just a fabric design element.

The first assignment was to paint the dye on and blend 2 complimentary colors.  The second week, the dragonfly was waxed off and dipped in yellow.  Week 3 was a teal dip to get the green.
This fabric is cherry red in real life and was the result of my playing with some of her stamping tools while I was waiting for my daughter to finish her project.

We have 2 collaborative pieces that Skater Girl and I did together - a lion in tan & red, and a toucan.  They both spent the night in the black dye and I have to go back to pick them up tonight.

My TV time for the past couple weeks has been spent trying to finish up this Crazy Quilt from the UFO bin.  The blue fabric is leftovers from the Hawaiian Quilt Samplers that I made for the girls in 2003.   It has probably been in the UFO basket that long.  I had decided to do all hand embroidery on every seam in a variety of stitches (click on photo to enlarge).  Like traditional Crazies, it will not include a batting.  There is fuseable interfacing on the back of the piecing for more stability.  I have to finish the outer frame stitching (pink & blue) on 7 more blocks.  Then it will be tacked at intervals to a blue Minkee back and bound in hot pink.

Last, but not least, ever distracted by bright shiny objects....  When I read Leah Day's Pea Gravel Path post, I immediately ran to the machine to try it. Yes, I read and immediately ignored the "Advanced" level warning.  And I did really try it on paper first.  Aside from my swirls looking "Seussian" rather than "Smoothly Swirly" I'm quite pleased.




9 comments:

Rosa said...

Beautiful projects,love your crazy quilt color palette.

A Girl said...

Your Pea Gravel Path came out great. Now I want to try it too.

Pat said...

Love your Pea Gravel! I know I fell in love with it when Leah posted it!

Bunny said...

What fun they must have had.

Deborah O'Hare said...

I love the red piece. Fabulous!

Katie said...

Love the dragonfly, it looks fab and so much work to get it to that stage! Also the machine quilting - really cool for a first time I think you're too harsh lol :) wish I could do it!

LynCC said...

I love your Seussish pea gravel! It's awesome

Lynne said...

I love your FMQ - I can only aspire to Seussian Swirls!

Margaret said...

The gravel path quilting is great!
margaret
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