It’s been a packed week with a wide variety of action; I love it when I’m working different types of events!
I volunteered to demo at Blue Line Arts in Roseville in conjunction with the “Forever Changed” exhibit, a SAQA Regional exhibit which focused on the lasting impact of the events of 2020-21. I demo’d free motion quilting and Frances Dack did a collage activity with children. Kinda funny how this all went down; Frances had a packed house of happy kids and their parents:
On the other hand, I had TWO visitors, but had a grand time with fellow artists Mary and Jan:
Mary was kind enough to take photos, so I got a rare chance to have photos of me at an event – thank you Mary!
It was a fun day!
Earlier this week I organized my sheers. I hold them in 2 of those huge 90 quart bins; I have a LOT of sheers:
That may not look like much, but it took me 2 days to organize them. Now that I’m teaching sheer classes I need a more organized stash. It was a huge feeling of accomplishment to get them all organized.
I did some offline testing on the silks I wanted to use. The yellow silk is vintage, from Japan and a gift from my friend Helen. It’s perfect for a Ukrainian piece! The blue silk must be 20 yrs old, sourced from, of all places, JoAnn’s as they bowed out of carrying silk. Both pieces are of excellent quality:
I pinned the drawing to my quilt sandwich and quilted through the paper. Yes, I know about Golden Threads as well as water-soluble and tear away stabilizers. I wanted to get it all on one piece and the paper tore away easily once pierced by the needle. I did NOT want to mark, given my recent marking debacle. The photo shows me in process of removing the paper, with the white parts still holding the paper:
Funny, I kinda liked the white parts and may use that concept in a future piece.
I’m pleased with how it is turning out. I definitely see more work done in this manner, maybe even with this same silk. I will add fills to the background and quilt the border. The final piece will be around 24″ x 30″.
See the texture of the yellow? It’s gorgeous, very dimensional.
For the backing, I used silk sourced by my friend Diane; I believe she got it in Taiwan. It was woven in Germany, a tightly woven, super high quality silk with a gorgeous drape. The back:
I actually love the back – I’m excited to finish this piece!
Summary: Auril Lana wool thread on the front and King Tut in the bobbin. I rarely use fat thread in the bobbin but I needed that heft to get the tension right. And it’s perfect! Silk front and back, wool batting. I used rulers to design but freehanded the quilting.
Aaaand, on another note, Hubby and I looked at this on Wednesday:
Yes, we looked at a 24′ Class C RV. We are that old: got the small dog, now we need an RV, no? It’s just a thought right now. Stay tuned. This may die on the vine or we may try the RV life. This would be a camping RV, not something we would park in Arizona all winter. I am not sure we are RV folks. We will do a test drive at some point. It just seems so biiiiiiiiiig!
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