Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
So I'll look at that list again and ask, "Is anybody else a quick finish?" Well, the Nine Batik Stars should be done in a few hours. I'm just sewing down the binding--I've done three corners already--and will have to make a label. The label always has my name, the city, the year, and the name of the quilt. It's art; it needs a name.
And I've finally found the name for this one. I was thinking desert (because of the sand color), jewels (because of the tones of the blocks), and night (because of the stars). This took me to the middle east, then to Arabia, then 1001 Arabian Nights. I thought about the stories of Sinbad, djinn, mysterious caves, harems, surprise twists and then I thought about the woman who told all these stories: Sheherezade. And that was it. That's the name. Sheherezade. Cool, huh? I'll change it in the sidebar.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Miss Running Water, my Dream Dancer, has made some progress. I believe that everything except her skirt and feet and some little background do-hickeys (that's a technical term) has been cross-stitched. Backstitching is still needed for almost the whole picture.
*Quilting with pasta is not recommended for quilts that you expect to ever wash as it is biodegradable and will disintegrate. Cooking with pasta, on the other hand, can go over quite well.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
- the white parts of the shield
- the shield points
- the blue line at the bottom of the cape
- the portion of the skirt in the column
I was having a devil of a time trying to stitch that skirt. The usual way I stitch is to thread my needle with one color and do all of that within reason, mapping it out ahead of myself, until I run out of thread (or get bored). But that wasn't working here. However, I have learned various ways of managing my stitchery. You might notice the faint green threads running through the stitching: those show where the bold lines are in the pattern, every ten stitches. It makes a complicated pattern much easier to follow: it's like marking the major intersections on a map. Then all I have to do is fill in the blocks. Even so, the bold lines on this pattern are easy to lose. So, I went further. If I'm going to fill in the block, I don't want to have to search it out every time I look up. I made a little frame, ten squares across and ten squares down. I place it around one of those blocks frames on my fabric in green. I keep it in place with a cut-up post-it. (This is where I waggle my eyebrows to insinuate how clever I am.)
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Autumn Incarnate Bottle And then we have this little guy. When it jumped out of the project box yesterday, it only had a few rows of beads around the neck. Yet somehow, when I went to take its picture this morning, it had grown a net of Japanese 15/0 beads across it's belly and bottom, Austrian crystal margaritas (those flower things), and Czech glass leaves. All it wants is a necklace to finish it up. The pattern is Itty Bitty Beaded Bottle, and I wrote it. (Yes, I can make it available.)
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Now, what'll I finish next? Hmm, maybe the laundry.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
But this caused a small conundrum. I was going to knitting group this morning. Well, they're an adventurous, non-judgmental group. I don't have to knit. I could bring my stitchery. Yeah! Oh, white fabric and coffee and lots of arms moving in all directions. Maybe not. So I opened the bead cabinet and look what fell out! Last time I worked on this sweetheart, there were only two bears on it. Today moved it into the total of five! Yay. It's not got far to go, so maybe it'll get finished. Some day.