Friday, October 30, 2015
Monday, October 19, 2015
Millie Marotta for including this design in your Animal Kingdom book.
After quilting, this was 41x53 and after washing 39x 49.5. The difference between the machine and hand quilting resulted in some challenging quilting. I needed to pull in 3" on the outer edges, which meant that I was doing a lot of "gathering" rather than standard quilting.
So, for the record, machine vs hand quilting? I always prefer hand. But sometimes machine is the right tool for the job.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
My assistant keeps slowing me down. She's not a "lap cat" unless I'm trying to quilt.
Monday, October 12, 2015
I skipped 2 motorcycle rides this weekend in order to make this bird. Totally worth it. I finished the FMQ late Sunday afternoon. The fabric is actually a creamy-beige batik. There is a fire to our East so my world is an odd shade of orange today.
I would be done except I decided that it would really benefit from the texture of a hand-quilted background. This will really stand out after it's washed as it is a cotton batting which will crinkle beautifully as it shrinks.
And from the back. (Medium grey fabric.)
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Friday, October 9, 2015
Last weekend I bought 1.5 yards of a pale, beige batik while on a motorcycle ride to Halfway, OR. Tonight I started sketching out one of my favorites from the Millie Marotta "Animal Kingdom, Color Me, Draw Me" book. The body outline of my bird is about 31" x 46". What I love about her drawings is how easily they adapt to FMQ. While her plan for the head/neck feathers are pointed and scale-like, I think that the photo confirms that it'll work with oval pebbling. While she uses dashed lines for variation, I think I'll primarily use distance between stitching. Once again, the proof is in the photo that this will work: The lower beak looks darker, but is the same pen as the upper beak. (I plan to fix the random directionality in the final beak).
I am SO excited about this, that I am turning down a ride with some of my absolutely favorite people in the world, on what is predicted to be a most gorgeous fall day in Idaho to get this party started.