Monday, June 30, 2008
My landscape quilt digest is having a challenge where we all work from the same pattern and create a landscape quilt. The challenge just started today and we have until September 1st to complete our quilt. I'm anxious to get started.
In the meantime, I'm trying to learn new techniques in embellishment as well as gaining perspective in landscape quilts. I'm reading everything I can find on the web, looking for instructional and inspirational videos on youtube. Viewing work of other landscape artists is also helpful. I have a long list of websites in my "favorites" folder on the computer to look at anytime day or night. Most of my landscapes are not realistic looking. I chose fabrics for color and texture and I don't have a lot of detail in my quilts. That is what I want to learn to do - add the details.
I have a couple more of Joe's quilts to finish before I can dedicate much time to this challenge. Then there is the redecorating I've got planned for our house. I haven't done much to this house since we bought it and feel now is the time to do something. I have painted 2 of the bathrooms now and hung up a couple of quilts for wall art. Today I bought a gallon paint to paint the kitchen. It's a golden yellow color. I'm hoping to rid this house of some of the brown paint. It's everywhere in this house! With the kitchen having hardwood floors, oak cabinets, brown countertops and brown walls, it really needs some color! I think the yellow will work - I hope it will work anyway.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Trip Around the World
Bird One Patch
I still have 4 more of Joe's quilts to complete :)
I really need to photograph Joe's quilts so I can post them here!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Rocky Mountains II
Rocky Mountains III
These are small landscape quilts from 8"x10" to 30"x35". All are machine quilted. Serenity Beach is machine appliqued, and the other quilts are all hand appliqued. I used Hobb's 80/20 batting.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Photo to come.
Monday, June 23, 2008
I also finished a full-sized quilt of Joe's. It's a bird theme quilt made with squares of different types of bird fabric. I quilted a feather vine alternating with a ribbon all the way down the quilt.
Today I tackled the wallpaper border in my master bathroom. It took 2 hours to get it off the wall, but it's done! Our master bath is a bright yellow that makes you get in and out of that bathroom just as quickly as you can. That may have been the plan for the previous owners, but I wanted something a bit more restful in there. So, I bought a gallon of "fresh aspargus" green paint that matches the green stripes in my bath mats. I'll get that painted in a day or 2. I washed the walls down today, so I should let them dry for 24 hours before painting.
I also bought a set of new drawer pulls for the main bathroom and a matching towel rack with a brushed nickle finish. I still need to find a new light fixture, but that can wait. Before I install the knobs, I have to paint the vanity. It's original to the 18 year-old house and has lots of wear on it. I don't like the dark oak either, so I'm going to paint it a cream color. Once that painting is done and the knobs installed, I'll tackle the new floor. I chose a peel and stick vinyl by Crystel called "Sandstone". I was debating between vinyl and ceramic tile. So far I haven't found any ceramic I like, so I think I'll do the vinyl for now and keep searching for the ceramic. The vinyl is inexpensive and a good do-it-yourself project that I can handle on my own - without hubby's help :) He'll appreciate that-ha! I've installed ceramic tile before at our last house, but I had someone else do the tile cutting. This time I'd have to do it on my own and I'm not certain I want to tackle that job just yet.
We went to a BBQ on Saturday for my nephew's high school graduation celebration. My brother and SIL had just returned from a vacation in the west and had lots of photos to share. I asked my SIL for a copy of her CD so I could make some landscape quilts from the photos. Now I have lots more inspiration for future quilts :D
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I was quilting on the Serenity Beach quilt (the one in the header of my blog) and quilting away through the palm fronds, loving the way it was turning out when all of a sudden:
PING! CLUNK! RATTLE - RATTLE - RATTLE!!!!!
I was quilting through the center section where all the leaves come together and the needle refused to penetrate all those layers of fusible web and fabric! HOW RUDE!!!!!!!
The needle didn't break - it bent into a fish hook shape-ugh! Of course that knocked the timing on the machine completely out of whack. That took an hour to fix, but the machine still wouldn't work right. I had 1/8" loops of thread on the underside of the quilt with every stitch!
So I took everything apart.
I cleaned every moving part, retimed, retimed, retimed! Still no luck.
Changed the bobbin, the thread, the backlash spring - no luck.
Now it's 5 1/2 hours later and my family thinks I need to cook dinner!
Machine waits until morning to be looked at again.
I send a message to my longarm list asking for HELP!!!!
This morning I get suggestions - some of which I've already tried, but finally found one I hadn't. Check the rocker arm!
So I take the machine apart again - the bobbin section that is. I had retimed the sewing hook, but not the rocker arm. Of course if you don't know anything about how a sewing machine or quilting machine works this makes absolutely no sense to you, but believe me this has nothing to do with music!
But, retiming the rocker arm is a pain in the neck, so I try a few other things just in case, hoping that the machine will work with these few fixes.
I change out the check spring on the rotary tension - it's old so it could use a rest anyway. I change out the thread guides above the cone of thread. Actually I just switch them from one side of the machine to the other. One gets used more than the other so it's tired too ;)
Of course, these changes don't help :(
There is nothing left to do but retime the rocker arm. I test it out and of course it is out of sinc :(
I take a deep breath and dig in.
It only takes 30 minutes!!!! Yippee!!!
Now why didn't I try that first?
I let the machine rest the remainder of the day. I'm exhausted, I can only imagine the machine is too.
Tomorrow I'm tackling that palm tree again. Only this time, I staying away from the center of the palm fronds :D And I'm never using that many layers of fusible web again!!!!
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, I managed to attach labels to 3 of my quilts, but I still have 6 to go. Perhaps I'll get those done today while I'm sitting on the couch watching reruns of Matlock and Perry Mason.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I did bind the Sunset Beach quilt on Saturday and it is now hanging up in my living room. I have yet to make the label for it.
Valerie Hearder, a major landscape quilt artist just had 2 suitcases filled with her quilted landscapes stolen this week. All the quilts are published and will not be able to be sold easily because if it, but it is still a tragedy. Hopefully she'll be able to recover her quilts. This is a good reminder to me to document and label all my quilts. I'm not the best at doing the labeling unfortunately. I do document with photos as I'm making my quilts, but I often forget to attach a label.
So guess what my project for the week is?