Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LANDSCAPE READY TO QUILT

I looked at my tv this afternoon and realized that I haven't turned it on in over a week.   Don't get me wrong, I have watched a few Netflix shows and some CBS shows on my iPhone and The Quilt Show on my computer.   But I really don't watch on my tv which by most standards is very small...19 inch!

I heard a report today about the younger generation and their entertainment and communication decisions.   Most do not have a landline - neither do I.   Most do not have a tv - I do but rarely watch it. Does that mean I'm getting younger????? Can you hear me laughing?   My cats can!

Speaking of Netflix, have you watched the 'Grace and Frankie Show' (on Netflix)?   It stars Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen.   It's a great show and I recommend that you check it out. Not only are there laugh out loud lines, the shows deal with very pertinent topics especially for the older set of folks (like me!).

So, I found some fabric in my stash to back my landscape.  Not sure what I was thinking when I purchased it eons ago, but it works for a back.   I have the batting sandwiched between and pinned the whole thing.   Next up...quilting...
I haven't quilted with this machine yet and I'm looking forward to having fun with it.

I also cut out more flowers for my next fabric picture...
I have some more small blue and white flowers yet to cut out.   Next I'll pick out the background. Remember, I am going with a dark rather than a light background.   Once I have the background, then I will decide on the fabric for the vase.

And, I have been crocheting...
Nothing big, just a small container.   I crocheted seven rows of peach single crochet, one row of green single crochet, next a row of triple crochet followed by another row of single crochet in green and then four rows of single crochet in peach.   The last row is again single crochet but with three chains in between each single crochet.

I like to use single crochet when I am making a container because it makes the piece more solid.   I added the triple crochet so I can string some ribbon through it for a decorative touch.   I'll share a picture when I'm done.

Tomorrow the Bronx for lunch and then I think I will walk in Central Park.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LANDSCAPE BORDERS, A TOOTHBRUSH and FOG

I went for a four mile walk today on the water's edge and the fog bank was really thick and moving up the harbor.   Take a look at the VNBridge...

As I was sitting down on one of the benches, I heard a ship horn...
...but no ship.

Again the horn...
...is that a ship?

And another blast...
...there's an outline!

Now the blasts were coming regularly...
...and finally a ship!!!

Like I said, the fog bank was really dense.

I added the borders to my landscape...

The outer red border will be very thin...about 3/8 inch.   And I am glad that I stayed with the blue inner border because it not only brought out the blue, but it also highlighted the green.   Next, I will add the batting and back and have fun quilting on my machine.

That thing sticking out at the top of the piece is a brand new soft toothbrush.   Why a toothbrush you ask?   Well, the landscape was done with raw edges and I want to brush the edges to make them ravel.   It makes for a softer feeling picture.   And it needs to be done before I quilt it.   So every time I walk by the landscape, I take the toothbrush and spend a few minutes, brushing the fabric raw edges.   Works like a charm.

I also began cutting out flowers.   I really need to look for some different colored flowers in my stash. But, as I was cutting them out, I decided to try them on the peacock feather fabric which really does read darker than the picture below.
I was thinking that a darker background may be better than a lighter one.   Of course, then I would need to find a different fabric for the vase.    But to me the darker background would make the piece more dramatic.   What do you think?

I also worked some more on my latest journal page...

I think this one is done for now.  I'll add it to my journal/picture wall.  

I don't know if you display any of your work, but I do.   When I moved into my studio/apartment, I decided to display my work only in the main room.   It's an affirmation that what I create is worth considering and showing others.   I also display my fabric creations.   Lately, I have been wondering why it took me so long to appreciate my own work.   Hmmm.   Guess age does have it's benefits!!!

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Monday, May 18, 2015

BUSY WEEKEND AND FABRIC LANDSCAPE

How was your weekend?   Busy?   Relaxing?   A mix of both?   Mine was busy, busy, busy!   Saturday I did get up to Beacon to get my summer clothes which were still in Duchess.   The traffic getting out of the city was really, really heavy.   (And yes, I still love living here even with that type of traffic.)

Sunday I went to see several apartments with my son.   I think he will get his wish of finding an apartment on the beach.  Yes, folks, there is a beach in New York City.   He's looking at Far Rock-a-way which is on the ocean with a beautiful, long, very long stretch of beautiful beach.
This photo was taken at Far Rock-a-way!   When I'm out there, I am always looking down - for shells.

I got my grocery shopping done and then I had fun playing with fabric.   Remember the fabric that I choose...

I did add three more pieces to my selection.   And this is what I made...

I used the raw edge technique.   I cut out each strip creating mountains in the background and then small hills and valley's in the foreground including some flowers and a lake.   I sewed the top of each piece with a straight stitch about 1/4th inch from the edge.  

Next, I want to fray each seam edge to give the piece a softer look.   I have auditioned several pieces of fabric for the borders and this is what I have chosen...
The 'red fabric' is more like the deep pink in the middle of the flower in the bottom right edge of the landscape.  I did try some green fabric instead of blue, but the blue won out.   So, next I will be cutting and sewing the borders on and then adding the backing and a low loft batting.   And finally, quilting the landscape.

I already have fabric picked out for my next project...

I am planning to make a vase out of the peacock feather fabric and then fussy cut flowers out of the top pieces of fabric.   Still haven't decided on a background yet.   I am considering a small print light blue or light green fabric.  Which do you think would work best?

Oh, and I am still working on the winder landscape...I'll share that later this week.

I also worked on some journal pages.   This was the background...

And this is what I have done so far...
I used fabric scraps including part of the panels I purchased at The City Quilter.  I didn't realize how much the gold paint marks resemble snakes...hmmmm.   I am not sure if this one is done or not but I think I will put it aside for a while and then come back to it.

The other one is still a work in progress.  
I have just begun working on this one.   It needs a lot more work but I think I finally ran out of steam this weekend.

Told you it was a busy, busy, busy weekend.   But a lot of fun!

There's a new weekly journal prompt posted...
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Talk to you tomorrow...