Quilt Testers In Action

Quilt Testers In Action


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I Bet You Are Wondering

if I managed to finish out Art Every Day Month. Well, amazingly, I did. Even with some travelling thrown in. Luckily this project was nice and compact, an easy one to carry along. I was able to sit at The Southern Daughter's table and play while she cooked!

Thank you all for the nice things you said about the last batch of fabric pictures. As a bonus, one of my brothers even left a comment. That really warms a sister's heart. Also, I'm so happy that shell and RG think the one of shell looks like her. I wonder if I will ever get to the point where I'm not surprised that someone recognizes what I've made?

Here is the final batch.

Day 20
More positive feedback. My husband recognized that the fish was supposed to be a tuna.
Day 21
 These guys look like trouble....

Day 22
See Jensen hiding in this one?


 Day 23
I have no idea how this one with a large reptile happened. I'm not really a reptile person.
Day 24
This one was done after spending an afternoon with shell and the Buns. 

 Day 25
My Southern Daughter says this will be her house some day. She loves a porch. And horses.
Day 26
The owl showed himself in some splotches of paint on the fabric. 
 Day 27
Another llama appeared, and I think maybe those women are the faces of Fate. Or maybe the Triple Goddess. Or both.
 Day 28
Took a long trail walk with the family and dog, and saw a bluebird. That's not a bird that I get to see very often.
 Day 29
My goofy dog, aka my Knight in fuzzy armor..
 Day 30
A catbird to finish off the month. Some summers we have had catbirds that would follow us around the yard, scolding us if we picked their berries. 

That's the lot. I have already done a little stitching on these. A "red thread of connection" has been sewn across some part of each one. Now I need to layer them up with batting, and begin the actual quilting. The hand stitching should be a good stress reliever as Christmas approaches. I am definitely not ready for it. Are you?

One last thing. I want to offer apologies to Mr. Mick for only getting his likeness onto one piece. I promise to make amends for that shortcoming in the near future. Maybe I should send him some rum, too. Think that will do the trick?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

More Pencils on Fabric

Well, I haven't been good about posting for AED Month, but I have been doing the artwork! Here's a round-up of what's showed up.

Day 8
Shell on her recycling bin goat. 

Day 9
Silly bird. 
Day 10
Going nuts. 
Day 11
Space mouse. 
Day 12
Owl.  The sheer fabric did not cooperate with the camera here.
This looks better in real life. 
Day 13
Spooky cat. 
Day 14
Day 15
I had a squiggle on the fabric, and someone asked if I was drawing a stick figure.
 So I did. Sort of. 
Day 16
I was thinking about a hawk I had seen that day.
May need to revise this if it triggers Jade's inner 10-year old. 
Day 17
A fine day.
Day 18
Started with paint blobs, found a polar bear.
He was golfing. 
Day 19 (Today)
Made some squiggles with the pencils, sprayed them with water,
 and let them spread. This is what I saw in the result. 

This drawing project has turned out to be lots of fun. It's hard to believe that so much of the month has already passed! Since I prepared my fabric pieces ahead of time, I've managed to keep up with the drawing. I like several of these more than the others, but that may change once they are stitched and quilted. Do you have a favorite?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Playing with Pencils

So November has rolled around again. I imagine a number of you out there are busy scribbling away on your novels for NaNoWriMo. I don't know how you do that, especially with the holidays approaching! Maybe someday I'll be brave and try a novel, but once again this year I have decided that Art Every Day Month sounds much more doable. The use of Derwent Inktense pencils on fabric has interested me for a while, but I have never made the time to actually try them. So for November, I'm playing with pencils.

We have already reached Day 7, so here are seven small 6"x9" pieces that I have worked on. Besides the pencils, I am also using collage and paint on each piece. After November is up, I plan to go back into each of these with hand and machine stitching. So now, here we go!

Day 1
Of course, I had to start with a bunny.
Day 2
That weird little creature in the middle? Don't tell anyone, but it started life as a badly drawn chair. You can see on the flowers where the pencil color spread. You can activate the pencils with aloe gel or water. You have much more control of how the color spreads with the aloe.
Day 3
In a weird coincidence, the random number generator that I used to choose a number to paint chose the same number as the day! 

Day 4

Day 5
My Wonderland bunny looks like Ginny.

Day 6
The lioness is showing how I feel about political phone calls.

Day 7

I've seen some wonderfully subtle quilts drawn with these pencils.  As usual, there is nothing subtle about mine! But, I think I'm starting to getting the feel for using the Inktense pencils on fabric, and that's what I hoped for. To see more AEDM work, check the Day 7  links at the Creative Every Day blog. Have a great weekend everybunny.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Rabbit Approved. Barely.

Before I went away for a little trip, the weather had cooled off enough to be able to stand having a quilt on my lap. That meant I had to stop procrastinating, and I finished the binding on this quilt.
That also meant that it was time to have the quilt rabbit-tested. Buttercup and Jensen got together, and consulted on the criteria.
Jensen took the time to explain to Knight about their rating system.
Meanwhile, Buttercup got serious about the testing process.
She even checked out the back of the quilt.
She and Jensen talked over their findings. The discussions went on for a while, and I started to get nervous.
Finally, Buttercup informed me that they had decided to give the quilt their Paw of Approval. She also told me that too much dog smell on the quilt should have disqualified it, but they took pity on me as I had taken so long to get this done.   

I was grateful, and promised to try harder to meet their standards next time.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Bit of Progress

Made some progress on my llama this week, but not as much as I had hoped to. Sometimes the hands just don't want to cooperate with the hand stitching.

Now here is where I was going to show you photos of Jensen, Buttercup, and Knight at Speedy's Pirate Party, but I haven't been able to get the camera back from Knight yet. He was soaking wet and growling about darn rabbits when they came home. Then Jensen said Knight had looked good with eye patches over both eyes. Both rabbits hopped away snickering, and I'm pretty sure that I heard Buttercup mumble something about a long walk on a short plank. Guess there must have been a lot of rum consumed....  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Catching a Universe

This morning I was taking Knight for a walk, when he stopped to check some p-mail. Looking around  while I waited, I saw a universe that I had never noticed before. Luckily, I had my camera with me.
Doesn't it look like a spiraling galaxy? Seven o"clock in the morning, and quantum physics hits me with something as deep as the oneness of every part of the universe. Good thing I had had my coffee!
Anyway, when I got home, I messed around with it in Photoshop. This version might be a crater on Mars. Somehow the redness, and sort of landscapishness (that's a word, right) didn't translate when I loaded this onto the blog. 
This one is closer to the stars that I imagined, but not quite there yet.
OK, maybe it's all in my head. But, it was an interesting exercise in seeing.  If you feel like experimenting, start with this version here. It's a larger file.
And since it's the weekend, Jensen has something to say.
"Eye hope everybun has a nice weekend!"
Of course, Buttercup seconds that, although she disapproves of Jensen's spelling.

Monday, September 8, 2014

So the Restart is Very Slow....

I really did intend to post more regularly. And I have written some amazing blog posts since the last one. You just never got to read them, because they never made it out of my head, down my arm to my fingers and onto the keyboard. Trust me though, you would have been amazed and entertained.

Another activity that has languished over the last year is quilt making.  Not that I haven't been sewing. It's just that my quilting has been more about using traditional patterns, and using up fabric. During this time my creative muscles have been exercised by taking art classes, and learning to use a lot of different art supplies, and techniques. Last week I finally found myself wanting to get back to creative quilting. Here is my first step, drawn with fabric marker. The crow is a stamp.

Next, I added some paint. The red was applied first, and heat set. Then the green and blue were added. I like painting on fabric with a white-on-white design, as the paint really makes the design stand out.

Next came a little bit of fabric collage, and some more drawing with fabric markers. That creature is supposed to be a llama, but I got the head wrong. It came out as more of a horsedog. What can I say? It was my first ever llama. Of course I didn't practice first before diving in with the markers. That would have made too much sense!


This was followed by more stitching, paint and collage, and finally the beginning of some quilting.

I'm enjoying this. I haven't decided yet if this piece is interesting, or just a big mess. But at any rate, it feels good to get back to creative sewing. That's all for now. Hope to see you again, sooner.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wabbit Wednesday

BC here. Today I'm speaking for the Rabbits of this household. (Not Wabbits, Mom. I know how to speak English, primitive language that it is.) We are feeling outraged, and full of disapproval. We are very upset that a Predator has been brought into our house.

And a smelly predator, at that. His fur smells, his breath smells, his food smells, and his toys smell. On top of that, all his toys squeak like a small animal in trouble. What the heck was Mom thinking?
She says she wanted someone to walk with and cuddle. So, I'm being punished because I'm too smart to walk on a leash (apologies Speedy) and don't like Human Bean smell all over me? I mean, us. This is so not fair.
Guess I'm going to have to do something about this. And, I'll probably have to do it all by myself. Jensen is too busy trying to see if that smelly food is edible. (It's not. That's obvious.) Watch out, Predator, I'm coming for you!
Happy Camel Day, Everybun! Now, how do I load this pellet gun....