Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
My daughter-in-laws Mother has been ill since last Christmas. In fact, she has been away from home, on Kodiak Island, in Seattle for treatment since then. She has been on my mind alot lately. Although Alexandria is working on a project that I am going to take part in(don't want to give it away if it is a secret), I wanted to do something. I read about The Prayer Flag Project on jane LaFazio's blog. Last night when I came home from work at 10 pm, I grabbed a beer and headed for the studio, if that is what you want to call my closet down in the dungeon(but that is a story for another day). A prayer flag was not my intent but that is where I eventually ended up. Obviously, I did not read any instructions, since my flag is much larger than it should be, but it is what it is. I think that this first flag of mine is about 12" x 18". Smaller will be much less consuming, but this is the size the elements I wanted to use required. My prayer is for Darlene to return home soon. Her family is here. We live on an island in the North Pacific where salmon is a huge part of the culture. Salmon return home to spawn, so i wanted them as an element in my flag. I had some wooden letters that I glued to a piece of mat board and covered it with matte medium before I left for work so when I got home tonight it was dry and ready to print. I am not totally satisfied with the print job-it is a bit splochy, but adequate for this project. I enjoyed the hand embroidery alot. I worked on it on the down times at work today. I mostly sew beads by hand-thread is nice. You don't have to pick up a bead with every stitch.
Anyway, back to my point. I think it would be awesome if, upon awakening after her surgery next month, if there was a string of prayer flags to greet Darlene. Then she can hang them outside her house in Seattle, and all the good will and love in the creation of these flags will bring her peace, love and home to her family.
You can look at Jane Lafazio's blog and see her wonderful flags here: http://janeville.blogspot.com/2011/07/prayer-flags-5-6.html.
Here is a tutorial:
And here is the main page of the Prayer Flag Project:
Like I said, I got a bit out of had with this first flag of mine. The size is 5" x 8", and they are to be completed in an hour. Anyone interested?
Friday, July 15, 2011
It is grouped with the work of some very illustrious artists.
You can read about details of the quilt in an earlier post, here: http://sallysartquilts.blogspot.com/2011/06/saqa-auction-quilt-complete.html
It is time to start quilting. I have 5 pieces ready to quilt. I have been procrastinating. Figuring out how to stitch a piece is always a bit intimidating for me. But, my stitching improves when I quilt several quilts in succession so I choose the one that I care about the least to start with, and by the time I get to the piece that I am the most invested in, my stitches are uniform and sortof beautiful.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I tried to upload these pictures with the previous post but it wasn't happening. I got some precut stencils in the mail last week. Someday I will cut my own but for now, this will do. I added the branch on the chickadee piece above.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
I am trying to accomplish something every single day-before I go to work at 1. This morning I fused Angelina fiber onto misty fuse, cut strips with my shaped rotary cutter(the word escapes me right now), cut out petals and fused them to this 6" x 4" piece that I previously printed a baby sparrow. I don't know where I go from here, but eventually all of these little things become a quilt.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
My 9 year old grand-daughter, Callista, came to visit recently. When she asked for yarn for finger knitting, I gave her a ball, and was totally astounded when she used it all up and wanted more. That is alot of yarn! I knew it was essential to make a reason for all that fingerknitting. I had her do long ropes in three different colors. After she had gone home, I braided the ropes and felted it. This could be a nice strap for a felted bag, or if braided more loosely and not felted as much, I think it will be flat enough to make a belt. A crafter in the makings!
Friday, July 1, 2011
Another completed small quilt. The clouds are angelina and I put a layer of purple organza over the top of this. I have tried a couple of other pieces with angeling clouds. On those I fused the clouds down, over seams, which didn't work out so well. I am happy with this. Todays progress has not gone so well. My machine does not like something in the combination of a piece I was trying to quilt today. The machine was skipping stitches. I rethreaded the top and the bottom and changed the needle, trying a larger size. Can't figure it out. I tried stitching on another piece, no skipped stitches on that but I am just not in the groove today or something. Better quit before I destroy something. I really don't like to take out quilting stitches.