Saturday, April 30, 2011

Just some pretty blooms

Here are a couple of photos of Hydrangea blooms.  What a spectacular shrub.  Sometimes blue, sometimes pink, this one is white with touches of blue and pink if you look close.  What's even nicer is that if you look really close toward the center of the bloom cluster is that  you see another little "bouquet" with some pretty amazing coloration.
Isn't this a nice surprise in the middle?
After the blooms are done they dry out naturally and you can make some nice dry flower arrangements for indoors.  Just a great plant with great impact.
So my thoughts wandered to white cloth with tints of pink and blue randomly placed, then stitched to create these pretty blossoms.  I feel yet another project coming on, lol, but sometimes this is the process.  Nature is always inspirational for me, in one form or another. 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Kayak Quilt

The Kayak Quilt  This quilt was inspired from a photograph that was displayed on the National Geographic web site.  You will find it in the section of jigsaw puzzles. I often find great photographs that inspire some of my work.  This particular photo/puzzle was had great color and composition.  Here is the site if you are interested: 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

And Another Vision Popping In

  If you read my last post you will see a quote of Mark Twain's regarding the storm of thoughts in one's mind.  Well I had a quick little burst of my next project - that I may start this weekend along with the Hands All Around Quilt.  I think I will call it For the Birds.  Since the thought popped into my head I have been formulating the layout in my mind, playing with different ideas that go in and out.  Next I will be putting pen to paper to get a basic visual and play with color a bit.  I think maybe that I will fuse this one too.
  Tonight I will be putting the finishing touches on the Kayak Quilt and binding it.  If the lighting permits, I will take some pictures of it this weekend and post it so that you all can see my first project using fusing.  So come back over the weekend and take a look.  Leave a comment if you like.  I love hearing from all of you.  In the meantime enjoy these couple of pictures that have nothing to do with any up coming project . . . yet!
Swirly Snail Shell
Swirly Snail Shell Bottom- This was once home!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Kayak Quilt - An Update

“Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thought that is forever flowing through one's head.”   Mark Twain

Mark Twain got it perfectly right when he said this,  I find that as a person who loves to create there is always a storm of ideas from the east, west, north and south of my mind.  At times those ideas flow so freely that it seems impossible to write them all down fast enough- so some do get lost at sea. At other times one idea spurns another, then periods of drought - which for me do not usually last very long.

So try to keep a journal of your ideas, I know many people are doing so these days.  This journal is for yourself to record your thoughts, so that they might be put aside for now to be picked up later and acted upon.  It makes room for more ideas in your mind and gives you some choices to pick from later on during those drys spells that all creative people have at one time or another.

Anyhow on to my Kayak Quilt, today I am ironing on the stabilizer and doing the cut outs so that it will fit together like a puzzle.  This will go pretty quickly as I plan to stitch it all down today on the machine.  The plan is to make it fat quarter size (for those of you who do not know 18" by 22" is a fat quarter).  I picture it in my head all finished and like what I see - now to the machine to make it reality!  Watch for photos later in the week!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Colorway for Kayak art quilt

Here is the colorway for the Kayak art quilt that is in the beginning working stages.  The collection of supplies includes iron on stabilizer, various color threads or maybe a variegated one (I haven't quite decided), and a thin cotton batting (unless I change my mind about that!), as well as an array of colorful cotton fabrics shown in this article.
 The plan is to iron the fabrics onto the stabilizer and cut out the shapes.  Of course I have a drawing to go by that I have enlarged to give me the desired size.  All the shapes will be ironed onto the main fabric then stitched down with a narrow zigzag stitch with my sewing machine.
 We all went kayaking for the first time last year during the air show out on the bay.  Some of us had never been but took to it like old pros!  While some of us ran into another bigger boat that fortunately was not a yacht and grounded the kayak a couple of times (me).  We had great fun, the weather was terrific and we got soaked!  Can't wait to do it again.  I especially enjoyed seeing the land from a view that normally isn't as visible.   The jets from the air show flew right over our heads, it was very exciting.  On the way back I managed to miss the bigger boat, thank goodness. Anyhow here are the colors I will be using in the Kayak art quilt....


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