Finally, I finished “Tea and Silk”! I’ve been working on it for maybe a month and it really should not have taken that long. I wrote about it previously here:
This one was an emerging project – I didn’t have a plan in mind when I started it. When I first put the tea bags on that gorgeous silk, I swooned:
My photography does not capture the sheen of that fine silk, it is luscious. I made the tea bags in one of the most fun classes ever – Libby Williamson‘s Tea Bag Art class at Craft Napa last year.
I did have fun embellishing the tea bags with the simplest of hand embroidery. It was a little tough getting the needle through all those layers, but totally worth it.
Initially I put the tea bags right atop the silk, but they lost their importance that way. Layering them up on the hand dyed wool created prominence. Misty Fuse secured them to the little wool quilt-lette. The wool helped them sit up higher and it also framed the tea bag with a darker value. That was definitely a good choice.
I wanted a colorful sashing and found the well-aged batik in my stash.
The back was fun. I almost always use a high value contrast thread on my backs because I like the back to have a statement too. Oh how sweet – thank you for not mentioning that the binding is a hot mess. I appreciate your restraint:-) I’ll probably fix it because it bugs me and I know how to do a perfect binding.
I had fun designing that motif for the corner. I’m pleased. I will say I am NOT a fan of that Mettler poly and I wrote about that whole process in my previous post. It frayed and snapped and was thick then thin, highly annoying. I like the final design and execution. I’m not sure if I will be showing it. It is “pet quality”, a term I also wrote about in my previous post. Dang, now I wish I’d taken more care in the quilting because I’m otherwise pleased with my quilt.
In other news…it is summer, and it is California, so there are fires:
That is not a beautiful sunset across the street from me. That is mid-afternoon and there is an eerie glow from the fires beyond. It feels other-worldy, like the apocalypse is coming. And it’s humid and 105 and windy. Ick.
And that white stuff is ash. But we are fortunate to not be in the line of fire. Prayers are needed to cover those affected by the fires and there are many, including lots of animals too.
And I’m working another project. We love to sit on our back patio and the view is lovely:
But the arms on our patio furniture get wicked hot. I hatched a plan to fix that:
That is my first prototype of my arm cover. It will make it much more comfortable to sit out there – it is nicely padded and will cover the scorching hot metal arms. Here’s a peek into my materials:
Now I just need to make 19 more!
Aaaaand all the workshops and details of Craft Napa – Uncorked at Home are up. There is an even better selection of workshops this year! Because you are working from home, you’ll be able to “attend” no matter where you live.
Save the dates: Jan 13 – 17, 2021. There are many Craft Napa surprises to be revealed over time. Registration will open on Sept 15, 2020 at 9AM PST.
I’ll be teaching Doodle Quilting which is such a fun and encouraging class. If you’re newer to free motion quilting or even a brave beginner, this is the class to up your free motion quilting skills. Save Friday, January 15 to join in. You can start with your own design or use one of mine if you’d like. No matter what, we will have fun, you’ll learn some new designs and, how to skillfully combine designs. I can’t wait!
I’m linking up with Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday.