Wednesday, October 31, 2007

More Titmouse-in-Progress

I scanned my titmouse quilt into Photoshop to try to improve the upper right area. I came up with this version. Now to try to duplicate it with fabric. Only problem is I covered everything but the bird with light blue tulle. These extra leaves will be brighter than the others unless I can figure out how to cover them as well.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

More Progress on Titmouse Quilt

I've added more blocks of color under the bird and added a background fabric. Jane suggested I make the pink shape above the bird smaller so it doesn't compete with the bird. Also, the titmouse got anxious and hopped off the branch. I'll have to put him back where he belongs before I start to stitch and quilt.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Beginnings of Titmouse Bird Quilt

I've laid out the fabric pieces for my quilt. I need to add some color to the lower left to balance the upper right. About a year ago I bought some upholstery fabric remnants at Britex in S.F. I was into making purses at the time. I thought these fabrics would make terrific tote bags. Never got around to it. I decided to make my bird quilt using the upholstery fabrics. I pulled out the colors I thought would work together, added a piece of periwinkle cotton and a piece of sheer metallic, and found a colorful jaquard batik for the accent color. I fused the pieces of my titmouse, but the rest is not even pinned down, yet. I also thought I'd try doing a quilt with raw edges on the fabric pieces. I like the way the quilt is going right now. Check back soon for further developments.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Titmouse for Next Art Quilt

Our next art quilt in Jane's class is a "Bird" quilt. I chose this saucy little crested titmouse to use for my bird image. I have titmice in my garden. They are such cute little guys! I will face him the other way for design's sake.

My garden also attracts scrub jays, goldfinch, junkos, hummingbirds, robins, and house finch. I've seen red-tailed hawk in the area. One came into my garden once and sat on the back of a garden chair waiting for a bird to fly down to my bird feeder. I've since removed THAT bird feeder! At first I thought it was a sea gull it was so huge. When I realized it was a hawk, I almost freaked out. He hasn't been back since I removed the bird feeder, at least not that I know of.

Friday, October 26, 2007

I've finished Freddie except for the edge binding. I machine stitched around the shapes, hand stitched around Freddie and around the edge of the canvas, and I hand quilted the red fabric using red thread. It doesn't show up in the photo.

I'm very happy with the way it turned out.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Freddie Ready to Stitch/Quilt

My paints were supposed to be transparent, but I had to use opaque to achieve the lighter colors. I do like the way Freddie turned out so now I'll get him ready for the sewing machine.

Freddie "painted" in Photoshop

I "cheated" and painted my canvas in Photoshop to see how to go about painting the actual canvas. I'm not so sure about the large green shape below the scarf. Maybe if I put a green shape somewhere in the lower left section it might be less obvious. Any suggestions?

Saturday, October 20, 2007

More Food

One Station in the Lido Cafe

Friday, October 19, 2007

Alaska Cruise-July 2007

Quilting Arts Magazine sponsored a seven day cruise to Alaska aboard the MS Zuiderdam of Holland America Cruise lines. It was my first ever cruise. I had never desired to take a cruise, but I couldn't pass up the chance to take the workshops put on by Quilting Arts Magazine. Well, I didn't know what I had been missing all these years! I loved the cruise and can't wait to take another one. The photo is the view as we cruised away from Glacier Bay. I have oodles of pictures of the trip that I will post another time.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Pastel Painting of Cypress in Italy

I tried to uplaod this image to the "header" but it wouldn't upload. I was staying at the Villa Vignamaggio, the villa where they shot the movie "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

The Dutch Banded Cow

On my drive to Napa this morning, I saw the herd of Dutch Banded Cows out in the pasture on their farm. I couldn't believe these cows the first time I saw them (except I had seen them on a calendar). Since I moved to Sonoma, I love to drive the back roads to see the different kinds of cows that live here in Sonoma County. Why do cows all face in the same direction when they are grazing? Anyway, one day when I had my camera with me, I stopped and took quite a few pictures of the Dutch Banded Cows. I thought I might use the image in an embroidery. This photo is one of the best views of how the white band encircles the cow's belly.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Funny Story

Want to hear a good one? The other day I found a spot in my sewing room where it looked like Freddie had peed. It had been there a few days because it was starting to mold and the mold was growing. The mold was all these pastel colors. I couldn't figure out when he had done it. I put off cleaning the spot until today, although I looked at it several times. I took everything off the bookcase in order to move it. I wanted to clean under the leg of the bookcase, too. I shook the can of cleaner and bent over to spray the spot. The mold had grown higher, I thought. (Weird, eh?) I decided I'd better wipe up the mold then spray the spot. As I bent closer, I realized it wasn't colored mold. . . . . . it was a piece of pastel colored tulle that had fallen on the floor. I couldn't believe I had been so mistaken about the moldy monster growing on my new carpet, especially when it was these pretty pastel colors. I felt pretty stupid. But, I was glad it wasn't Freddie's pee after all.

Badwater, Death Valley at sunrise.

I just figured out how to upload a photo! I took this photo in Death Valley with a Hassleblad. I've since sold the camera and switched to digital. Look for more photos in the future. I'm just learning all this blog stuff.