Thursday, June 27, 2013

Back to the Lake

It's summertime, and what better time to head for the lake?

Yes, after leaving Lida behind last week, it was time to get out a lake scene quilt top that had been sitting since last November. This one is larger than any landscape I've made, and the old studio had become so cramped that the quilt top had to be designed in the living room. I'd progressed as far as possible on it and then stashed it in the closet. With the new studio up and running, there's room to work on it now.

This is by no means the entire quilt top; it's only a section of the lower left quadrant. The turtles (pinned on in the first photo and fused on in the second one) were designed with just two fabrics and needed embellishment to look more real. Tsukineko inks are somewhat transparent, so I left those in the drawer and chose some Jacquard textile colors instead. Turns out they're only semi-opaque. Two other bottles of fabric paint caught my eye, some Scribbles 3D left over from painting T-shirts a long time ago. One of them was just about the right color for the sides and stripes on my turtles. I used a tiny paintbrush to spread the paint just enough to keep it from gobbing anywhere while leaving it thick enough to cover well. I'm not entirely thrilled with the results (lots of guesswork due to my shadowy photos), but they could have been worse.


The turtle shells will be free-motion quilted, following the spiral lines in the fabric. In fact everything on this quilt--rocks, water, geese, grass, dogwood branches and blossoms, and water lilies--will be quilted in free motion.

Leaving that on the cutting table to dry, I reluctantly turned to a task I've been putting off for months--altering the hem of this dress to wear to my niece's wedding next week. It's made of no-fuss crinkle cotton and should pack beautifully for the trip to Maine (where I'm also hoping to get some great coastline/island photos for quilt inspiration).
 
After running a single row of straight-stitch 3 inches away from the old hem edge, I pressed the new hem up on that stitch line (all freakin' 5 yards of it) and used an overedge serger-type stitch on the fold, similar to the original hem. (There is no blue area in this. That's just a trick of the light.)



All that remained was to trim, extremely slowly and carefully, the old hem away from the underside--the challenge being of course not to cut into the dress itself. Mission accomplished (with an iced coffee close at hand to keep my mind from going into Zen mode like it usually does during anything monotonous). Whew! And now I have some nice, long, 3-inch wide turquoise strips for my scrap drawer.



By Tuesday the paint was dry on the turtles and the whole quilt top was ready to be sandwiched. Realizing there was nothing in my fabric stash large enough to serve as a back for this quilt, I turned my thoughts to designing a new landscape. I have to say, happiness is having a design wall and space large enough to audition 6 half-yard panels of Vicki Welsh hand-dyes at once. What a mood-booster this was!



The lake quilt top is still on the cutting table. (I'm not quite ready to show a closeup shot of it.) Yesterday I found an interesting green print at JoAnn Fabrics for the quilt back, with enough leftover yardage to use as foliage in a future landscape quilt.
 
Signing off here to go shoe shopping...ugh! The only shopping I like is fabric shopping, so it takes an upcoming event like a wedding to get me into any shoe or clothing store.
 
Hmm...wonder if there's a shoe store near JoAnn Fabrics....
 
Hooking up with FMQ Friday over at Leah Day's site. Her post about finding a balance between intensity and sanity certainly strikes a chord with me. Click on some of her reader hookups to see what they're up to. Also getting my whoop whoop on (for having finished my turtles) by hooking up to Whoop Whoop Fridays. Look what Sarah has managed to piece in just a few days! (And check out the multitude of reader hookups at the bottom of her post!)
 
Everyone have a great week next week. I probably won't be posting then but will look forward to catching up with everybody after we return from Maine.
 
Speaking of posting, if anyone is having trouble posting comments on this blog, you are not alone; I know of at least two people who've commented on my blog in the past but haven't been able to do so for the last two or three weeks. None of my settings had changed, so I contacted Blogger (Google). Hopefully they'll figure out what's going on and fix it. So please keep trying, I love to hear from you. Yesterday I did enable comment moderation (the only setting I've ever changed), after learning that apparently spammers can post vulgar language or ads on your blog and cause your blog to be deleted. Not taking any chances on that! Again, very sorry if you are having difficulty. Please keep trying. Thanks,
 
Linda  


14 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Love love love turtles. :)

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    1. Thanks, Susan! Me too, I'm thrilled whenever I encounter one.

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  2. Thank you for sharing the process on all of this. I've never tried this kind of thing, but I've bought books. It is one of those back of my mind projects I'll get to someday.

    I love the turtles, by the way. Don't know if I'd have had the guts to grab old paint to deal with them, but they came out wonderfully.

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    1. Stella, thank you, I was verrrrrry nervous! I hope you do try it someday, it is truly fun.

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  3. Wonderful work. Your process is very interesting; thanks for sharing it in such detail.

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  4. Isn't it great to have the studio space you need to do your work easily? The turtles look super!

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    1. Angela, thank you, it sure is! What's amazing is how much that freedom of movement also frees your mind and imagination!

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  5. The lake scene is so good! Thanks for letting us follow along.

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    1. Suzanne, thanks so much. Can't wait to finish it when we get back from the wedding!

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  6. Linda, those turtles are amazing! I am always in awe of people who do art quilting - it's totally beyond me! So here's a huge whoop whoop for you!!

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    1. Sarah, I can't tell you how scared I was when I started putting that paint on! Thank you, and thanks for whooping along with me!

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  7. Hello Linda,

    The turtles are wonderful, they look 3D before you have even quilted them! The dress is nice too.

    I think we should swap houses. You can come and live here, and be on an island with 11,000 miles of coastline and nowhere further than 70 miles from the sea, and I can have your studio space. Fair?

    Love,
    Muv

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    1. Muv, sounds like a REAL good deal to me!! I got so excited last week when I realized you are in the British Isles. My favorite reading is British historicals--and the idea of living on an island just thrills me. Thank you regarding the turtles--3D, wow, that is *really* good to hear!

      Love,
      Linda

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