Monday, November 24, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
The needle turn applique is finished except for some circle details on the ends of the sword handles.
I will be adding panels left and right of this center panel. Then it's on to drawing out the quilting ideas I have to scale. I have about 4 variations in mind, none of which seem to work now that the lettering is done. Sigh.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
This project has been made far more difficult by my decision to use a black background, preventing me from using my usual techniques and relying on ones that are annoying and take more time. My goal on this section was to create as much contrast as possible with a grey logo. Up close, I don't like a lot of the color details, but the result is the contrast I was looking for. And the good news is that of all the things that I considered re-doing, I don't mind terribly at this distance, so I'm leaving them for character.
Monday, October 6, 2014
I will be machine quilting this quilt. I was testing some concepts on some practice panels.
The organization is comprised of police, fire fighters and emergency response.
There are still about 3 different variations of background designs I'm sorting through in my head. Once the applique is finished, I think it will be easier to determine which will work best since the issue is largely a matter of scale.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
I am absolutely in love with my newest project.
It is the shield portion of the logo for our motorcycle club. I have been planning this for about 2 years, with the outline taped behind my sewing machine for over a year.
The scale on this is pretty small so the boar was pretty fussy to stitch. And since it blended into the background, I also had to add a row of dark grey embroidery to make it pop. The other tusk, mouth, cheek and ear will be quilted following the pencil lines there.
I have absolutely loved this part of the project.
So now I am moving on to the hate part of the post. Because I am putting this on a black background, I am not going to be able to do my usual back basting technique. I've tried dozens of marking pens and pencils on black and have not found one yet that holds up for the job.
So I am doing freezer paper w/ starch method. Which I find extremely tedious and time consuming.
Oh well. I have time. Since the club requires American Made motorcycles, I thought it was the perfect excuse to try the new American Made Fabric line. Unfortunately, it's not carried by any of my LQS, so it's on order from The Fat Quarter Shop.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
And half of the September Benjamin Biggs block.
Plus this scrap quilt that is nearly half quilted.
On the bright side, my "Nadine" quilt has a new owner. "Papa Stumpy" just had heart bypass surgery and I thought he needed a constant hug. The challenge is convincing him it's a quilt to use, not one just for looks.
This weekend is supposed to be cool and 50% chance of rain.
Looks like quilting season kick-off weekend for me.