I’ve been away from my sewing room for a couple of days. After taking care of business this morning, I was able to start working on some fun stuff.
One of my sons lives on the Texas coast and he took this fantastic photo of a Great Blue Heron. This is one of my favorite birds, and I appreciated the photo. I decided to make a thread sketch of the bird. I thread sketched the body of the bird on grey polka-dot fabric that was backed with a fusible batting. Then I cut the bird out. The background scene was made with two blue fabrics and a beige one. I hand stitched these pieces and then I glued the body of the bird. I then thread sketched on the outer edge of the bird and sketched some detail, such as the feather on top of the head, the wing, and the eye. I also thread sketched the legs.
The gypsy wife quilt has been on hold for a bit. Today, I made seventeen of the 23 square in a square block. A few days ago, I had pre-cut the pieces, so it didn’t take long to piece the seventeen blocks.
On my last visit to Las Colchas, my friend, Francine, and I were talking about embroidery and hand-sewing. She showed me this book, The Geometry of Hand-Sewing by Natalie Chanin. I am enjoying learning from this book. Before I bought the book, I had started working on a piece of recycled denim and scraps. I tried out some of the stitches, using the templates that are provided in the book. The uneven hand-sewing on the block, was done before I had the book. It is going to be fun to keep trying things out. Natalie Chanin hand sews designs on clothing, and her work is beautiful.
The gypsy wife quilt is coming along. I completed the Old Maid Puzzle.
Now, I am working on the filler blocks…there are quite a few of these. One of the filler blocks is a Square in a Square block. The pattern calls for making 23, Square in Square blocks. I need to take time to read this part of the pattern. There are a lot of directions for making different sizes that become part of different blocks. I am finding the directions to be a bit confusing, so I really need to reread it.
Pinwheel Filler Blocks
Four Pinwheel blocks without borders; two with border
There is one more 8″ block for me to piece before I start working on the filler blocks. Yesterday and today, I completed three more blocks.
Half-Square Triangle Blocks
I have been studying the pattern to see how these blocks all fit together. It is assembled in 10 sections. I also need to decide what I want for the long strips that hold the blocks together. I have seen quilts using multi-colored fabrics, and some using strips of the similar color tones. Black and white is also an option I am considering. I have to study the completed blocks once I have them on the design wall. Right now, I have another quilt on my design wall. I do not have enough walls!
Today I made three more blocks for the gypsy wife quilt. I love making small things, and some of these blocks finish at 5 inches. Making 1.5″ squares can be crazy tedious, but I like the results. The first block I made was the Hatchet, which finished at 6″.
I used some of the sewing themed fabric scraps and remnants that are in my bins. I have plenty of polk-a-dot fabric in different colors that I will be using throughout the quilt.
The second and third blocks are both Puss in the Corner blocks. One is border less and the other has a border. I am inserting special focus items in the blocks that have defined centers.
Daisy Center Spool of Thread Center
This quilt is definitely a scrap bin buster. The pattern designer, Jen Kingwell, states that the greater the number of fabrics you use, the more fun this quilt will be. I agree. Playing with the different colors is half the fun. I try not to spend too much time deciding on the fabrics. I usually throw some out on the table and choose whatever catches my eye. I do have a type of organization of my scraps in bins. They are sorted by different criteria, such as sewing theme, floral, etc. This helps me choose from which bins I want to choose. It seems that I am constantly resorting my scraps and remnants. Do you have any suggestions as to how to sort scraps? My yardage of fabric is wrapped around cardboard and in bins sorted by color. Storing yardage is easier than storing scraps. Any suggestions on how to organize different sized scraps would be appreciated.
Sewing can be dangerous.
Especially if you are working on many projects at one time.
Today, my seam ripper attacked my leg. There is a welt from the point of the ripper sticking into my leg. Note to self: Don’t wear shorts when sewing.
Then, I had two occasions where the needle broke. I kept forgetting to change from zig-zag to straight stitch. The first time the needle broke, it flew and poked into my shoulder. The second time it happened, the needle point hit the middle of my neck.
Note to self: Finish one project before moving to the next. Check your setting!!!!
The last incident that happened today was a slight nip of the rotary blade as I changed the blade.
Maybe I was not meant to sew today.
Or maybe, I just need to PAY ATTENTION!
Today wasn’t all a disaster. I found this drawing app on my phone, but I realized that I wasted too much time on this device.
It was fun fooling around with images like this on the app, but I rather draw in my art journal instead. So, I deleted the app.
I also managed to complete another block for the gypsy wife quilt. I am enjoying the challenge of this quilt.The Star Block requires piecing 28 triangles. I am finding it easier to piece more accurately.
The black and white rose fabric is one of my favorites. I have had it for awhile, just waiting to be used.
I am also working on some family projects that I will post later. A small quilt is almost finished being appliqued. It is a rather simple quilt.
Another fun project in progress for today is the facial fabric collage. I have sketched one in my notebook, but have yet to cut the fabric.
Safety issues aside, this has been a productive day.
It was a run around morning for me, but I was able to stop off at the Mesquite Bean to buy two yards of Steam-a-Seam that I need for a baby quilt. I also purchased some four different types of black and white fabric…just because. I also purchased an Olfa cutting mat and new rotary blades. JoAnn’s had a great sale, and I had coupons. It ended up costing half the price.
This afternoon, I managed to make the Crazy Anne block for the gypsy wife quilt. It is perfectly named, because those little triangles drove me crazy. Having the new rut-less cutting mat certainly improved the accuracy of my cutting.
This evening, I made another fabric face. I tried something new, in order to get more contour on the face. I drew the head on paper. Then I drew contour lines on the paper face…sort of like a mask. I then traced the head on fabric. Next, I cut the paper contour mask and traced and cut them from fabric. I drew eyes on a small white scrap and laid it between the face and contour mask. A strip of fabric was laid down for the nose.
I have been using a glue stick to hold things down, but I am thinking I need to use some Steam-a-Seam. The only problem with using the fusible is that I am using tiny scraps and pieces. I probably can back some larger fabric pieces and cut from there. But it seems like a waste of fusible, which is expensive. For the lips, I machine stitched with orange thread. I messed up when I made the glasses, so I will just say that Felicity bought an unbecoming pair of glasses. 😉
Volunteers at the botanical garden
Yoga instructor at the senior recreation center
Keeps a poetry journal
Her favorite poet is Emily Dickinson
Takes classes in water color