Monday, April 10, 2006

A couple more from Seymour... blogger finally was willing to take my uploads!

Always loved this pattern.

A jacket after my own heart...jungle cats and friends.

I have been trying to get more pics up, and have a very hard time trying in the daytime. Seems to work after at least nine pm. Does anyone else find this to be true with blogger picture uploads???

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Recent postcard art...

...that I tried uploading a few days ago. Today blogger seems to be cooperating again so I'm grabbing the chance to catch up.This lacy goody is for a friend who loves victorian.
And one for a fellow tea-drinker who now lives way up in Stowe, Vt.
This was a fun project for our real estate agent who has worked extra hard on trying to sell our complicated piece of property and houses. She had a bad time with a bacteria infection and I hope this will brighten her day a bit.

Now back to the drawing board. I have an idea cooking for a wall quilt. My son that is into fishy stuff hasn't received a recent quilt from me. I got some gorgeous material in a 'sweet treats' packet at that show in Seymour. It is a jumping off point for getting going. I want to incorperate the stained-glass method, and the cut-it-any-way without measuring method I have found on other blogs. The colors are really bright and 'out-of-the-box' for me. It also will include using the fancy bobbin threads and sewing upside-down for the first time. Should be fun.

Time out from Seymour for my own work...

...that I have been trying to upload for three days. Used this photo from a Vermont trip to guide the wall quilt below.
Used beads and stones to embellish and some fusible very gently touched on one edge to make the 'foam' on the water.
Longer bugle beads enhance the fall leaves
Hope you can see the crystal beads on the foam, here. And, of course there is lots of free motion quilting going on.

The difference with this quilt is that I used stiff Timtex as the base. Figured if it worked so well on postcards that a piece would make it easier to do the machine work. And the fabric pieces are just glued in place(Avery purple glue, acid-free) for the machine work, and it held the fabric just fine. I liked working on the firm surface, but found I should have included the edging in my measurements for cutting the Timtex. I put in triangle corners and used dowels on the top and bottom to hold it straight, but when you hold it in your hands the edging kinda flops and the picture is firm. Live and Learn...

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

A large Japanese garden quilt...

...that blogger finally let me upload. What is their problem? Can't I post more than one time a day? Can't I upload more than 3 pics?

This was really detailed, and made by a group of women. The pink blossoming tree was individual branches with tiny blossoms coming out of the quilt in 3-D
Hope you can see the detail here, but it doesn't compare with the real thing.

Now I just took a chance and got two more pics uploaded. Gotta hang in there while it's working!!!!

This was a fascinating wall hanging. Certainly fabric art, not a quilt.

A little bit of everything was in this.

Seymour show had a 'Window' quilt challenge.

The challenge was to depict something seen out a window. Any type of window, and any size. There were many more but I kinda liked these...

This was a flannel material so it had a very rich warm color scheme. The pic didn't pick up the warmth of the colors. I have always like this block that looks so three dimensional.
Another kitty one. It was a simple quilt, but favored my cats theme.
The lace in the window was three-dimensional and made to look like it was blowing in a breeze.

Here we have a Tuscany feel to the scene. Can imagine warm sunshine and soft breezes and a nice glass of wine in the afternoon.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Lotsa Pics!

But I was only able to upload three so far. Blogger seems to be struggling again.
These are from the quilt show in Seymour, Ct.

This was just amazing, in that it is loads of little bits and pieces all sewn down to make the beautiful garden. Of course, there is a kitty, and the lady certainly has earned her peaceful resting spot.

As I favor cats, they are often in the quilts I favor. This is no exception. He looks so comfy here.

And I do love the ocean- therefore this one is especially appealing. Love the simplicity of line and fresh open feeling. Just like being there.

I will try to upload more tomorrow, as I took 37 shots. I won't try to get them all posted, but certainly as many as I can. I love all the different methods used and am so glad to have the pics to remind me and inspire me.