Friday, September 22, 2017

Bosna #7 Done-a-roo

Bosna #7, quilted! 
Moving right along, I am finishing up the unquilted Bosna tops and ready to start a new one.



Well....ready to put binding on the last three first. I admit that binding is my least favorite part, but alas, it does make the quilt really finished. So I cheat a bit by posting it at this stage.

What has helped me finish up quilting is this new sewing chair which is the correct height and fits my body perfectly. Sigh, at last!

 
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I must tell you that I have recently discovered a new artist (to me) to further inspire the Bosna series.
Richard Paul Lohse, aren't these so delicious?
http://www.artatswissre.com/flash/index.cfm?ID=2E6B2DDB-C767-66DA-913278F334FA1BE7=125
richard paul lohse - Pesquisa do Googlerichard paul lohse - Pesquisa do Google Richard Paul Lohse  Centre of four squares as result of four crossing rectangles 1952/1971  Oil/canvas, 120 × 120 cm    Richard Paul Lohse Foundation, Z├╝rich    http://www.lohse.ch/popup_zentrum_e.html

Monday, September 18, 2017

Bosna #3 Done-a-roo

Bosna #3, cotton, machine pieced and machine quilted. 63" square. I am slowly getting the series quilted, and have one top left to quilt, before I continue adding to the series. In my head I am thinking 15 pieces would make a great exhibit. I have 8 so far.
 I particularly like this one, because it accomplishes the subtle color shifts associated with Harold Krisel's work, which I hope to emulate. Secretly, it also gives me a reason to collect blues, teals  and oranges of various shades to incorporate in these works. 
As for my imagined exhibit, I have no venue or invitation, so this is all a fantasy, but these days I am believing in 'if you build it, they will come'.
The sewing room at church has been met with tremendous enthusiasm and I am so thrilled at the response. Hurray!!!





Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Community Sewing Room


 This idea came into my head...why not make a sewing room in the vacant room at church that used to house our knitting group's yarn storage? Tables and chairs were readily available and the room was well lit and air conditioned, and I had extra supplies of everything needed for sewing and quilting. This morning I mounted the big design wall, and tomorrow I will get a batt big enough to cover it (60% off Joann's coupon). In the meantime, I have pinned up a top and some blocks over a piece of white cotton, to simulate the effect. There is a large cutting table and another for pressing, covered slapdash at the moment with a canvas covered blanket, and held fast with bulldog clips. Hey, it works and I will make it look better in coming days. On the small table is cone thread and my entire scrap collection. 
 My good old Panasonic iron, with auto-shut off will get used and behind the pressing table is a wire shelf unit which just needs assembling...it has been waiting for about 5 years. Maybe now it will happen.

Two of my machines are set up here, and I still have another at home. And on the right wall, a smaller 48" design wall. My sister found this Elna (made in Switzerland!) on the side of the road, I kid you not, and it works just great, so it came along to join the fun.

How have I managed to collect so many rotary cutters, scissors, pins and needles? Also on the table are two mats and oodles of rulers and templates. We already have a good supply of fabric and more is waiting to be hauled upstairs.
This room is on the third floor, no elevator! So it's a good thing we have enough sewing machines to get us started.
Who is the us of which I speak? So far I know of two others in the church who showed a great deal of interest, and I am thinking that once we announce this facility, folks will come out of the woodwork. If you build it, they will come. I hope.




Friday, September 8, 2017

Bosna #8

Bosna #8
Hand dyed and commercial cottons, 57x53" machine pieced and machine quilted.
Lime green, teal, red-orange, yellow and lavender...how can I make a quilt without these colors? But now I added black, gray and white. O. K. I feel the whoosh of the combo.



Lots of quilting, taking up my days. I am not complaining. It was fun. 



Thursday, August 31, 2017

Back to the Bosna Series

Bosna #7
60x40", machine pieced unquilted top.
It turns out that this simpler design is much more challenging than a zillion 4 patches!


It's a little bit fussier than my previous Bosna designs, but I will regain my minimalism shortly, I hope. The thing I love about the Bosna quilts is their simplicity and strength of design, so wimpy little bits are distractions rather than additions. O well. As I look at these detail photos I see some pleasing shapes and good spacing. 


 I keep looking at the work of Harold Krisel (saved on my Pinterest board) as I try to pare down my elements into just the essentials. One of the intriguing facets of his work is the addition of a few low contrast colors, such as this pink stripe. It shows up in this photo but in real life is hardly there!
McCormick Gallery | Artists | Harold Krisel (1920 - 1995) 
Here's a great example of the low contrast in the elements of Krisel's painting.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

30's Revisited

 I made myself finish this top yesterday, as predicted. It needs more width, which I will add when mindless sewing is required. 53x77" at the moment and is now on the pile of 14 tops awaiting the quilting urge. I'm glad I got it out of my system, and can move onto more challenging designs. I do love the fabrics in it, and can see using them again...in a while. 



 But for now, I must consider a wonkier design and mucho scrappy as my scrap collection is now overflowing. This little tryout was more fun for me, and has potential, maybe. 
Already today I have had a bit of  excitement, as my sister needed to be taken to the emergency room with a kidney stone. I was happy to be her driver. She's much better now, all drugged up and sleeping. So now I will clear the tables and look at fabric possibilities. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Dawdlin'

This is my long desired 30's quilt top which I have been sloooooowly sewing for the past ten days or so. It's quite an easy pattern and I am having no trouble putting it together, except for the UTTER BOREDOM it provides. You've heard of nap quilts, well working on this one makes me want a nap after only a few sections are added. There is no challenge and I know what comes next and after that and then more of the same. But today I am MAKING myself finish it and then putting it away until I can enjoy the process of quilting it. I do love the look of the 30's fabrics, and I invested in a set of 20 half yards to make this piece. I'll have lots of fabric left from doing this. 
 I began with a load of four patches and considered doing 16 patches, but went for the overall look above. The top will measure 52x80" and then I will maybe add a border. We'll see. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Moons and Stars

What a week! After making 25 stars, I felt this wasn't enough, so I started making nine-patches. Then I decided that connecting them with little triangles would bow-tie everything together. But my thread cutter kept jamming up on my sewing machine, and the thread repeatedly came out of the needle every other seam so I got out my back-up machine and kept at it. But the loudness of the second machine was annoying awful. Both machines went into the repair shop and a couple of days later I NOW have two great working machines. But my car won't start! Arrgghh. I won't even mention the news of the week which accompanies my sewing. Double Arrgghh!

 The blocks are 8" finished, resulting in a top that is only 53"ish. Not big enough for my self-imposed rule of making tops at least 60" on a side. something will be added to increase the finished dimensions.
I am loving the scrappy look which is faked by cutting three inches off half yards and fat quarters which recently joined my stash. Lots of leftovers on my worktable. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Teaching Myself Stuff

 I've been busy trying out blocks that I always wanted to make. Wonky stars are one such block. Great idea to use up scraps, and since I rarely use white, I had plenty to cut up into 3" squares. You may not guess that I love 30's style quilts, ever since I was a guest at a house that had a bunch and the guest room where I stayed was decorated in that theme. So girly! 
Ditsy prints have suddenly appeared in my stash, but so far I haven't cut into them. Today may be the day!

And I saw this double Dresden and just had to try it out. This sample has some minor issues (low contrast for one) and I am considering making one in the 30's fabrics next...or soon...someday.

 While cleaning up my studio I decided to remove some fabrics (to the hall closet) that I never use and make room for a more organized color themed selection. And whaddya know, there is room for MORE, heehee.
But in the meantime, I am using up my scraps, since everything I make gives me more.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cherry Pie


Cherry Pie, machine pieced top, 50x68". I'm really surprising myself with these new tops, trying out shapes that always scared me in the past. It is exhilarating to make them work! 
For this piece I got to use my collected cherry prints all in one design. And my black and white paw print fabrics too, with all the dotty prints that I love.

  There was a bit of a struggle to make things line up, since there was only serendipity instead of planning involved, but that was the thrill, when I trimmed and squished things to line up. At last I am over the panic of 'will it work'?

 I got to use my wedge ruler for Dresden plate designs and it made those neat curves and then used in opposing directions it made neat tumbler shapes. I was happy to include some pinwheels and flying geese too. 
My husband asked me what got me so energized to create this current work. Hmmm, I guess it has something to do with conquering old fears of not being as good as the 'perfect piecers' I have witnessed over the years. There are tons of imperfections in this top, but imho the impact of the design distracts from those peccadilloes.