Getting back into the groove.

Holidays, family gatherings, March Break and just being sick with a cold has really taken a bite out of my schedule.  Usually I try to hit the gym three times a week but the past three weeks, I didn’t even get there once!  So, now I am getting back into the groove and going to the gym.  I feel so much better when I take time for myself and exercise a little.

Here are  several of my finished customers’ quilts.

Here we have Liz’s quilt.  She made it for her grandson and I love the bright,bold Batik colors and fabric that she used for the top.

We decided to do a pantograph called “Happy Times.”  It looks like waves, which is perfect for her grandson because he loves water.

Variegated thread was used for the top and backing.  It blends in perfectly and adds a nice touch to the top of the quilt. I love variegated thread!

Liz's quilt for her grandson

Liz’s quilt for her grandson

 

Here is a quilt that Donna made for a  lady who is giving this quilt to her grandson as well.  Do you think we have a theme here? I stitched in the ditch around all the Churn Dash and  a criss cross design was stitched into the sashing too.

It almost looks like cross hatching to me.

Donna's Quilt

Donna’s Quilt

 

Here is another art quilt in the series that I am showing you.

Once again Susan Brubaker Knapp is the designer.  A seashell and foamy waves are stitched into the blue background.  Can you see it?

Seashell and foamy waves

Seashell and foamy waves

 

The next three art quilts were inspired by a farmer’s field close to my house.  I tried two different techniques to create the quilts.

Each one looks totally different from the previous one.  Which one is your favorite?

Farmer's Field #1

Farmer’s Field #1

This piece was created using Watercolor pencils.  The white background was colored in using the pencils.  When the whole piece was completed, I used water to blend the colors and give it that mottled look.

Heat was applied to set the colors and then stitching was added to create the lines.

Farmer's Field #2

Farmer’s Field #2

Here is the second field. The colors are a bit more appealing to me in this piece.  I love how blue the sky is.

Jaquard paints were used to create the colors. After the paints dried, they were heat set with an iron. Then the stitching was

added in the field and sky. Later,  I decided I didn’t like the stitching in the sky and  picked the stitches out.  That is when  I discovered that the thickness of the  paint is not very forgiving.

You can still see the holes in the fabric.  Lesson learned for next time.

Farmer's Field #3

Farmer’s Field #3

My last field.  This one is my favorite.  I think that the colors of the snow and sky is what attracts me to it.

Again, Jaquard Paints were used to paint in the field and I decided to do minimal stitching.  The lines in the field is what drew me in the first place so thus the reason for not much stitching.

What do you think?

Have a great week. Happy stitching.

 

Ruth

6 thoughts on “Getting back into the groove.

  1. pegsplace says:

    I agree about exercise and it really helps our creative process too! I prefer the snow-covered field too. I have to go back and check out your techniques, so interesting! Lovely quilting too…so much faster than what I am presently doing!

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