Saturday, March 12, 2011

WIPs

First a shot of the guy who keeps me away from my quilting the most. Isn't he adorable? Totally worth it. We finally had some sun and warmer weather, so I thought I'd take some pictures of some FMQ pieces I've been working on lately. Unfortunately, we also had some wind so I needed a little help to keep the quilts still enough to shoot.
Introducing Leah, my assistant and beloved daughter.

These black on white urn pieces are for pillow tops. I'm not too crazy about the first one with the flowers nor my attempt at McTavishing for the background filler. But practice leads to improvement. The urns are fused and machine blanket stitched. The black thread is Mettler cotton 40 wt, which I found to be very linty. The white background fill is done with Bottom Line in white. I think I really like Bottom Line. Think I might trade lusting after fabric for lusting after Superior Threads!



Below is a wholecloth that still needs much work; finish the feather border and do the background fill. But I love this one so far. It was a lot of fun! In the shot below it is on the grass.



A closer shot while on the clothesline. I think maybe I ought to go back and put veins(?) in the feathers with the mauvy thread.
The thread is King Tut in a mauvey nearly solid tone-on-tone and a varigated brown/tan. I love the colors on this quilt, but I'm not sure of the Tut. I like a little more sheen and while varigated threads sure look pretty on the spool, I'm not so sure of the bolder color variations.


This has been so fun! I used very little marking,mainly just for the 'frame', the feather spines, and to figure the placement of the flowers which I tried to place in roundish splashes of color. I think from here on out, I may do a lot less piecing just so I can get to the quilting faster.

I love this fabric. Unfortunately I was only able to get another 1.33 yds. when I went back for more. It's just splashes of colors, not really a batik.

Every photo assistant should have Hello Kitty boots.

After I took these shots I realized the side of the old wooden shed in the back yard would be the perfect place to hang project to photograph. After I do some mowing.


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