Thursday, December 20, 2012
Awkward Moments & Distractions
I've been putting in the hours on my yellow silk piece and am happy to report it's very close to being done...finally. Just finished the scribbling on the last of the 16 blocks. Just the scribbling alone in the middle of each one is taking me between 30-45 minutes and lots of thread. I just emptied the first cone of Kimono Silk which is 1,090 yards and have a new cone ready to put in the machine.
I like to tell my students if they have an "awkward moment" in their quilting they should fill it with a "distraction" rather than ripping out. Well I had a major one yesterday and I know at least a few of you will be able to relate. I was sewing along on the border doing itty-bitty pebbling and echos around the feathers and something didn't feel quite right. Has your excess backing fabric ever folded over and you quilted it into your quilt??? I've lost track of how many times this has happened to me...you'd think I'd learn how NOT to let this happen. The quilting was soooo dense it would be impossible to rip out. So I had to cut it out. Guess where the hanging sleeve is going? My awkward moment will be covered with a distraction. sigh.
The French knots on the top are very time intensive and a pain in the neck but I do love how they look...hate how they look on the back. In order to keep the knot on the top very firm and pulled tightly in the sandwich, I had to make a boogie knot on the back to secure them and I hate how it looks. Soooo, I've decided to cover each and every stinkin knot on the back with tiny bead clusters. Another distraction.
Last night while working on beads and knots in the living room, I noticed how pretty this quilt looked in the dark room with only my table light illuminating it so I had to share. I am starting to add my repetitive lines on the outside edges of the feather border. I made them a little longer as I will be trimming them down to square it up when I'm blocking it. The awkward straight line you see going thru the last feather border photo is part of my straight basting lines with the washout Vanish Lite thread. When this piece is washed this will go away.
I am trying to come up with a name for this piece...if you have any ideas could you please comment? I am using this piece for the teacher's exhibit at Road to California next month and it will also be shown at a couple of other shows where I'll be teaching.
I'm busy rewriting handbooks and am happy to report I've made good progress so far. Feathers and Backgrounds is 99% done...all the free supplements have been rewritten and combined into one 40 page handbook...the Open Thread Bar handbooks are on the chopping block now. A new linen wholecloth quilt is nearly done with the designing process and I'll be sharing that with you soon. Oh, and my Christmas shopping and wrapping is DONE. whew.
Wishing each of you a very blessed Christmas. Hugs, Cindy :)