Wednesday, September 30, 2009

These are some samples of marbleizing.
I tested the paints to be sure they floated. Most of the metallics wouldn't float, even though we added lots of colorless extender to lighten them, but some of the silver shows in the purple one.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

We had a marblizing fabric class tonight. I made a few test pieces, will show you tomorrow. It was fun. You should see the students' pieces.

Monday, September 28, 2009

I have just watched a 3 hour lesson on deconstructed screen printing. There is a whole lot of fun possible, that I have not tried yet. Oh my.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

This is the last sight of our booth at Harvest of the Arts. We were the last ones to leave. Many things have been packed up already, and our neighbors have gone.
Deb, our cashier, on her perch. You can see we had some jewelry too.
Karen ties the netting on. It was filled with colored leaves.
We even hung things outside. That's the beer tent you see in the background.
The back wall under construction.
Deb hung her lovely little embroidery pictures, and draped some tablerunners on a quilt rack.

We had a few near collisions.

Connie arranging mosaics.
Our booth at Harvest of the Arts, almost all set up.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The quilt of the day. Made it yesterday, bound edge today. Night Sunflowers, number 246.
The Art Fair part is open from 9 to 5. Hoping for sunshine.

Come out and have some fun!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I have been organizing for the Harvest of Arts show all day. I sure hope you will be coming. It's from 9 to 5, this Saturday, in Downtown Saline, Michigan. See you there?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

This is Coneflowers and Mums, number 245. It's hot off the sewing machine.
Numbers 240-244, aprons. These are for us to wear at the Harvest of the Arts show Saturday. Look for the coolest booth, and it will be us. By the way, those shapes are cactus pickles.

Monday, September 21, 2009

A new Turtle Purse, just finished, number 240.
Today I put the binding on 4 quilts, and made the hanging sleeves. You have seen these already, it's just finishing details. And I made a new Coneflowers and Mums quilt, which I will show you when it's quilted, tomorrow or Wednesday.

I have news too. I will be a featured speaker and teacher at the Great Lakes Quilt Guild, in April. I'm doing a trunk show, and teaching a Quick as aWink Quilt.
And, I will be vending at the Good Thyme Garden Club regional meeting, Oct. 22. I hope to have many new flower quilts for sale there. It's always feast or famine, so I'm doing all the shows I can while it's available.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

This is my quilt for MQAI, which opened at the Greater Flint Arts Council. I call it Koi Pond. See the blog, Life in Stitches, for a look at Debs' entry.

The quilt of the day, Suflower on Blue. Number 239. This was fun to do, I love the colors. Makes me want to make another one.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

My cousin Alison has made some really beautiful bracelets for the Harvest of the Arts. Be sure to come by my booth to see them next Saturday. They are made of Delicas, and Swarovski crystals. I feel like Zsa Zsa with them on my wrists. Funny how the Hungarian part of me always pops up, when I am around glittering jewels.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Old Black Crow, number 238. I made this today, after making the background last night. It kept me awake, thinking of how to do the crow. I made this for an ugly fabric challenge, for The Quilting Season shop, in Saline.
While I sewed I thought of the poem The Highwayman, which was my moms' favorite. It goes, "The moon was a ghostly galleon, tossed upon cloudy seas...". So, I made the moon ghostly.

Geraniums, number 237.

Happy, sunny, cheerful pots of blooms.
My friend Nan, admiring the gourds. I stayed here a long time.
They look like magic, giant pears.
Can't get enough of these gourds.

Gourd-ology, with luscious mottled colors.
First sight of Gourd-ology, my favorite sight of the day.

Pumpkin buckets, with crazy hairdos.
Seasonal flowers, in rich colors.
Mini pumpkins, in beautiful colors.
Tiny corn bundles.

These gourds were the first thing I saw at the Northville Farmers' market yesterday.
For some reason, I can't upload pictures yesterday or today. I went to the Northville farmers' market, and have some cool things to show you. As soon as I can, I will.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Two Crows. The quilting on this is done today. It was counted already.

I made this a while ago. Today I put on the binding. I am counting it, number 236.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

These are the fabrics I dyed today. I found that the end of the bolt, where it said 100% cotton, was wrong. The warp threads must be a synthetic, because they did not take dye. You can see the weave. So, when I do this for class, I will use a different fabric, that I am certain is all cotton. But these look good anyway, don't they? I'm sure I'll use them. Number 235.
This day started with a class at 212, to make a ceramic cornucopia. It's too bad I didn't take my camera. I'll show you next time. When I got home, I made a set of 30 step gradation dyed fabrics, as samples for a class. Now they are in cups, waiting to be washed out. I'll do that in the morning, and show you the results. This was way fun! I've done it many times before, but I get a rush each time. The bold colors look delicious. I'll bring my samples to CakeEaters this week. (That's a business meeting at 212.)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Today I ordered all the stuff for Marbling on Fabric, and Gradation Dyeing, both classes I will be teaching. And I did a quick sample of using shaving cream as a base for marbling on. It does not work nearly as well as Methyl Cel. This is the best piece I got. The shaving cream dilutes the paint too much. So, we are using the other method. It takes more time to prepare, but you get so much better results. Just wait and see. Number 234.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sunny Mums. This is quilted, still needs binding.
It was counted in August.
This is Hollyhocks. It needs binding, but the quilting is done. I think the red thread helps the funny flowers.

You guys will get tired of this, but once again, I am posting something I've made changes to. I lightened the background, a lot, on this painting. It is dark in my family room, and the colors that looked bold under a bright light, were very dim in the house. I may lighten it even more, but I think this is improved.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Number 233. Today I took a one day workshop to paint an abstract flower. Kathe Suddendorf was the teacher. It was a fun experience, and I like my painting. In fact, I think I'll paint a sunflower! (surprise, surprise!)
I like Kathes' direct approach to painting. It was easy to follow her directions. My flower does not look like the sample, and she was okay with that. I learned a lot about painting, and I know I just touched the subject.
I took a painting class from another Kathy, Kathy Rhadigan a couple years ago. It was a mural class, and I painted a large dream scene. So, since I am a Kathy, I am now triple dosed with Kathy perspective.
I am including a picture of the mural I painted in Kathy Rhadigans' class.

Friday, September 11, 2009

This is not me, but it is something I did today. Gaines came over, and I advised her while she completely finished all the quilting on this quilt. It's a birthday present for her daughter.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I did all the quilting on this yesterday, and bound it today. It was Number 218.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Okay, third time's the charm. I added highlights to the crow, doubled the quilting lines, sewed down parts of the leaves, and I think it's better.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I straightened the edges, added cross stitches, and writing. I think it's done, except for the rod pocket.

Another Crow, this one will be a class sample. Number 232. I will straighten the edges a bit first.

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