Mar 5, 2015

QUILTING CONTINUES....

 I thought today I would show the back of my new art quilt so you can see the amount of quilting that has gone into this so far.   I usually do not show the back but do get asked to show it by buyers as well as viewers.   The reason for this is because I firmly believe that an art quilt is fiber art...fitting into the world of quilters as well as mainstream art.   I feel it should be considered from the front fully and totally and the back should only be nice and neat and tidy with stitches that have good tension.  I do not think it necessary to bury threads at the end of a quilting line or to be as precise as what is required of  a bed quilt...which is always seen on both sides .  How many collectors ask to see the back of an oil painting when considering whether to purchase it, or a watercolor or pastel...all of which many times have miscellaneous paint spatters or smudges on the back.  An art quilt will hang on a wall and the back will remain unseen.  Yes the sleeve and the label should be neatly done as should the binding if it is traditionally bound, and perhaps if a traditional pattern either pieced or appliqued it should meet those high standards.  But quilts such as mine with many layers and many thread changes and dense quilting should only be required to be neatly done with all loose threads clip and removed.   It is only my humble opinion but it is how I construct all of my pieces.
 This is the quilting so far.   Added some whiskers too.....loved adding those.  It continues to come to life.
And here is me in my studio.....You can not see most of it...there is a cutting table to the left and that closet is huge and houses all my fabric, completed quilts, supplies, extra machines, boxes for shipping and miscellaneous other things.  So nice to be able to shut the door and not worry about it fading in the sun either.   Of course my buddy Ozzie is always with me....and my camera on the tripod ready for a quick photo of wildlife or just the beautiful woods outside that window.


Mar 1, 2015

QUILTING BEGINS


I have been spending as much time as I can quilting these two horses and their harnesses.  Am starting with the black thread as so much of the harness is black and I like to outline a lot in black.
It is good to have many of those smaller pieces sewn down so they do not begin to come off with all the handling that goes on during the sewing process.   Coming along though....lots to do yet.

Feb 25, 2015

PAIR OF HORSES

Just finished these two horses for my newest piece....happy with the results and will stare quilting them down today.   Horse no.2 looks much improved with the lightening up of his shadowed side of his face.

Feb 23, 2015

PHOTOSHOP MAGIC

I have been bothered by the shadowed area on horse no. 2's face.....but have left it there thinking that maybe it was just that the rest of the harness was not finished....but today after getting more of the harness completed...I can see it is not working....so I took the photo and photoshopped it changing the horseand eliminating the shadow......so much better!  Tomorrow I will change him...almost feel like doing it right now.  Love that photoshop makes seeing whether your instincts are right before going thru the work of doing it. 

Feb 22, 2015

HORSE NO. 2

Work continues on my horses.  Horse No. 2 on the left is going to take a while as he has so much more of his harness showing.  It is a challenge making all the hooks, buckles, straps, etc for these but at the same time sort of fun when it all comes together.  Definitely much have a lot of patience for this though and the quilting will also take time.  I am happy with the progress made and hope it continues to move along as well as it has so far.

Feb 19, 2015

HORSES & HARNESSES

 Horse no. 1 continued to "grow".  I knew the harness would cover a lot of her so did not do a lot of detail on her coat.  Concentrated on her expression instead.

Then I began the harness.....with all of its buckles and hooks and rings it too two days.

 It was well worth it in the end.

And now work begins on Horse No. 2.   He is bigger and his harness is even more detailed.  It will be easier now though since I had a lot of practice and trial and error on the first one.  I am happy with this piece so far.

Feb 15, 2015

HORSES BEGIN

 Began working on the horses today...I know this will be a task to make them pop out of the scene.  The beginnings look rather poor....but must have faith.

By the end of the afternoon.....things are beginning to loo a little more optimistic. 

Valentine Cards

 The best Valentines Cards are those given by children...especially if those children are your Grandsons.
To differentiate us from the other Grandparents when they were too young to remember our last names ...we each were given the name of our dogs...so we are Grandma and Grandpa Ozzie and my daughter in laws parents are Grandma and Grandpa Ginger.  Now those names have stuck...and we remain G and G Ozzie.   The message...purely honesty. 
Clay is only 3...so he opted to skip words and be purely creative.   Love these boys.

Feb 12, 2015

THE TEAM

 Today is the day to let you all know what the main subject matter is for this quilt.  It is this team of horses in their harnesses.   A friend of mine has a friend who owns these two beauties and she took a photo over a year ago of them and gave me permission to use it if I wanted to.  I have saved it until now when I knew what setting I wanted them in.  So I sketched them on tissue and now will attempt to recreate them in fabric.  This will take some time as you can see there it a lot of detail.  I will take photos as I go to show you the good the bad and the ugly depending on how it goes.

Debbie, you asked to see a closeup of my sunflower center and how I am quilting it.  I chose to allow the fabric to do most of the work and just quilt circles throughout the center.

Hope all of you are warm...we are in a cold spell....tonight -21 degrees.  Yikes!

Feb 11, 2015

MORE SUNFLOWERS

Now all the sunflowers are added.    They still need to be quilted but then I will move on to the main subject matter.   You will find out what it is soon....a challenge for sure...but hopefully will be all that I hope for.  Stay tuned.
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