Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Going In vs. Coming Out of My Brain

Apparently the information that goes into my brain does not translate into my projects. 

After enjoying the beauty of the lilies and thinking about nothing but lilies, 
I end up with purple shapes. 
No way do these even remotely look like my orange lilies. 

I did start with a muslin foundation cut into a shape. 
After stitching on a multitude of different fabrics, I trimmed the edges adding my seam allowance. 
I used an "Add-a-Quarter" ruler and moved it along the edge 
continually turning it to follow the shape.

The trimmed piece is now ready to piece to another section.

I did get into my orange fabric and combined several pieces on this piece.

Into my brain go lilies, out come pod shapes. 

We'll see where these lead. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sketching Lilies

I can't get those brilliant lilies out of my mind.
I find myself sketching them in various "poses".

Surely, I am captivated by their beauty.

Do I really need to transfer these ideas to fabric

 or am I satisfied with just drawing them?

But, I do have those perfect fabrics all ready to cut and sew.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy **Starry** 4th of July

Happy 4th of July!
May you proudly wave your stars and stripes!

These festive stars are inset into the red and blue background.

Insetting a block is not difficult.
Trace the block unto the wrong side of the background.

Draw a second line 1/2" inside the first line and cut the background. 
Clip the corners of the background to the 1/4" seam allowance line.
 Match the sides of the block with the background. 
Stitch 1/4" seams.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Finding my Way Out

Thanks for looking for me. 

You see, I went into my closet to find more fabrics to coordinate and 
it took me quite a while to find my way out. 
Now I'm not saying that I have a lot of fabric but.... 
I just thought I should pet each piece as I was looking and
 well, it did take a while.

I finally popped back out with fabrics and my pile grew


and grew

and grew.

Then to get a little fresh air after all that closet air, 
I opened the outside door and 
yes, feasted my eyes
 on these lovely, brilliant orange lilies.

Will these be the inspiration for my art?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Oh, What Treasures

I came home from a sale today with these three fabrics. I think they would work together into a wonderful project. It is interesting that they are all from different fabric manufacturers. One is a Kaffe Fasset by Rowan, the second from Free Spirit and the third is a Radiance fabric from Robert Kaufman.

Even though manufacturers are selecting better and better groups of designs in their fabric lines, I like  to create my own cross-the-line combinations. I'm also excited about the working with a large scale print, a stripe and a solid, always a dynamic blend. My mind is churning ideas even as I write this.

Now to my closet to add bits and pieces from my stash.

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