Apr 18, 2014

The Intruder

I have sold another quilt today.  How very fortunate I feel  to have two sales in one week.
This happens to be a piece I love and I am happy to see someone else feels the same.  It will be going to a private collector in British Columbia.   Seems my Canada friends are liking my work.  Thank you Canada!

Apr 17, 2014

"MUSCOVY"

 "MUSCOVY"
20 1/2" X 31
Interpretation from photograph taken by Natalie Rowe
Pieced
Rawedged fused applique
Machine quilted
SOLD to a Private Collector



I hope all of you enjoyed this journey with me.  It was an unexpected journey  as today when I finished this piece the owner of this farm reported that she took the light colored lab, Sophie into the vets for a check up because she was limping.  Turned out to be cancer and she had to be put to sleep.  Such a beautiful dog gone too soon.

I am so sad, yet happy that I added these two dogs to this piece.  Now Sophie will live on the farm where she was so happy with her buddy Tristan.


Apr 14, 2014

Ducks Ducks Ducks

 Last night and today I worked on the ducks.   Lots of single feathers to add on to each one.


The feathers will be blended together better with the use of thread...I am excited to bring them to life with the quilting now.  Details in the beaks and feet will also be added with the thread.  It is the quilting that transforms them .

Getting ready to begin.....this may take a few days.  Once the ducks are quilting more will be added.

Apr 13, 2014

Grasses & A Couple of Labs

 Productive weekend due to rain rain rain.  2 inches last night...2 more tonight...flood warnings out...but we are high so no worries for us.   Then it changes to SNOW!  It better melt right away because tulips and daffodils are up now and grass is slightly on the green side.

So worked on the grass beyond the barn ...then the cultivated field...adding some lumpy dirt.  Next came the chopped grain stalks left due to flooded field.

In this process I thought this scene called for the two dogs who live here.  They are both Labs, Sophie and Tristan.   Although not in the original plan...you must admit they have added a great feel and a bit of charm to this piece.


Apr 8, 2014

Birch Tree

I have added the birch tree to the background, using individual leaves in a soft yellow.  I like the addition of this color to the scene and the background.  Hopefully I will quilt it this afternoon and then move forward into that grassy area in front of it.

Most of my time has been outside.  Not only has it been in the 50's but it has been sunny and not windy which is a big change from our long winter.  So had to start walking with dogs again which has made them so happy as well as the big job of yard cleanup.  Now all the beds are raked and cleaned up in both the front and back of the house and last night we got some rain so there are signs of tulips and daffodils poppy through the mulch.   I know there might be some bad weather up ahead yet but at least there are the signs of the end of winter out there now.

Apr 4, 2014

Reflection & Sunflower

 I was so fortunate to sell two quilts this week.  The first one titled Reflection will go to a wellness center in New Jersey.  It makes me so happy when one of my pieces goes to a facility where perhaps it will give peace to someone when they gaze upon it.

The second on is going to Minnesota to a private collector who has bought two other pieces from me and said she needed a bit of sunshine to survive this winter!


Apr 3, 2014

Trees & Shrubs

I have been working on the small branches and twigs of the background trees.  Two more to go before adding in the birch tree.  Slow tedious work but worthwhile.

Mar 30, 2014

Barn & Springtime

 I must admit I have spent a lot of time outside yesterday and will again today.  We are having temps in the 50's but it is not going to last.   Have to get outside with dogs and walk and clean up and just breathe in that fresh air.   Did spend a little time in my studio last night though and made this barn and fused it on.

 I will quilt it next...hopefully later today or tonight.

Ozzie (on left) and Barley are loving being on grass again and not having frozen paws.
It was a very hard winter for them this year.

Mar 28, 2014

Beginning The Construction

 I finished quilting the entire background so today I began the beginnings of all the details starting with what is the furthest in the distance which in this case is a line of leafless trees or large shrubs and a line of evergreens.    The evergreens will have a birch tree with yellow leaves on it in front of them so I do not worry about making them perfect as much of them will be hidden.


Here is how it looks in its full view.


Then I sketched  the ducks on tissue.  For those who are new to my blog, I do that so I can lay the sketch on both the quilt background to be sure of proportion and placement and also I use it as a guide when constructing the object on my teflon sheet .


I always make my building some what perfectly in the sketch but when I construct it out of fabric I free cut it so it is just a bit off making it not only look more real but to add some movement and interest to the structure.

Here they both are pinned on the background and I am happy with the size of them as well  as how nicely they fit the space.  The ducks will be moved apart a big but you can still see they will work out well in the foreground, giving the piece the depth it needs.

So the part I enjoy the most is beginning...stay tuned for changes to keep coming each day.  Well hopefully each day....it is the weekend so may get distracted with a few other things.


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