Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Grove continued....

Yesterday I painted the grass field for the grove of pecan trees.  Today I painted in the first tree on the canvas.  There will be two more painted trees and a textile element as part of the sky that will hopefully be completed by the end of this week.

Here is a closeup of the first painted tree. I used the same thermofax tree branches that I used on the textile. It seems to work a bit differently on canvas.  


Central portion of a 12" x 20" DSP piece titled "Eclipse".  Background was created with two pieces from the same print batch and moon eclipse(es) are fused applique from leftover fabric.  Randomly machine quilted, not finished.  Am home on Day #9 recovery from right hip replacement and may not make the six for this year!  

Monday, November 25, 2013

Second in the new series - Pecans

Working on my second piece for the Pecans series.  This one will be titled "The Grove"

Here is the beginning. I have just stitched the textile part onto the canvas.  Now to do some painting!

Here is a closeup of the textile portion so far.

Got to do some painting today also so I completed the painted part of the sky. There will be a textile element to the sky but that will be for tomorrow.

I'm so happy with how these pieces are going. They really are turning out like I see them in my head!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Irene MacWilliam - Nettles Support 40 Species- theme- Weeds

I thought I had this piece finished a few weeks ago but I was not very happy with it. Every day I looked at it and I knew that the nettle looked rather uninteresting and wrong. Here is a detail of it. I had bound the edges and got the sleeve on it.
I realised I needed to add more interest to the nettles so I free machine stitched to try to remove the flat look. I was not worrying about being realistic as if there were a light source. As the stitching was added after the piece was finished it looks strange just having this stitching showing on the back but I do not care, it would not satisfy any quilt judge. 
and here is the complete piece. It is 24 x 12 inches or 60 x 30 cms. I am a lot happier with it. It is unusual for me to be working with pale fabrics. All the fabrics in this piece have been dyed or overdyed and then painted, printed by various means with home made stamps and sun printed except for the leaves of the nettles, they are polycottons in 2 shades. the home produced fabrics were then cut and reassembled and cut and reassembled. The lower part is quilted with buttercup leaf shapes to keep to the theme of Weeds.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Broken Lines

My 6th quilt for this year's theme is completed. It is called Broken Lines and here are the pictures of it:

I stitched the quilted parts onto a painted canvas. All fabrics used are my hand dyed ones. The size of the canvas is 16"x20".
I have been thinking if I want to continue with this theme in 2014 or if I should choose a new one. Have not yet made up my mind. What are you doing? Continue or pick a new theme?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

One Down...seemingly a gazillion to go!

It's DONE!!  The first piece in the Pecan series!!!

And now for the unveiling......

Pecan Series
The Sapling

There are 5 more in the Pecan Series to be completed. I think the first one is the most difficult. All the concepts and supplies for the others are here...just need to put them on canvas.

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Sapling continues

Here is step two of The Sapling. Finished the "ground". Now on to the tree itself.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Sapling as a new beginning

Here is the beginning!!  I wish I had taken a photo of the canvas with just the textile parts stitched on but I just couldn't wait to get painting!!  This is the sky part (obviously I guess).  Hopefully a bit later today I'll get the ground started. Then tomorrow I can start putting on the sapling together.  I'll keep the photos coming!!!