Friday, October 18, 2013

I haven't been idle...I swears!

As I was writing my post about the Jacksonville show, it occurred to me that it's been
a while since I've really written about anything quilty...8/13/13 to be exact. 

I haven't been sitting idle.  I've been keeping busy in fact working on several
things...bouncing around from project to project as usual.

I've made some more City Sampler blocks.  I have on 18 more to do and then I have all 100. 
But to be honest, I'm not sure that I'm going to make the last 18.  I have to have this
project pieced, quilted and bound in 4 weeks to be entered into our guild's
show with my friends under the Group category.

Here are my blocks so far.  I haven't a clue how I want to set them
or even how many of them I actually want to use. 
I've also been spending some time "dying" black and white prints using diluted textile paints.  I had planned to do this I think a couple years ago and then never did.  I had all the stuff but just never got around to it.  Mark Sherman's class gave me just the motivation I needed to do it.
With a ton of paint leftover I decided to experiment a little bit.  And I came up with this.
To make it, I traced a deer silhouette I found online onto freezer paper and then
 ironed it onto a white Kona fat quarter.  Next I diluted some paints and
put them into small spray bottles and this is what I ended up with. 

Not sure what I'm going to do with it yet.  I'd like to add more color...maybe.  And initially
I thought I would Zentangle the heck out of the deer and then changed my mind. 
What I think I'm going to do is quilt the face in so that it gives a ghostly appearance. 
Stay tuned to see what happens.  I should have it done in a couple
On the longarm front I did a little charity quilt.  This is #16...
nothing special quilted on it...just a funky free motion flower thingy.

During the past couple of months I also made this quilt from approximately
110 jelly roll strips.  This is a shot of what it looked like before I quilted it.

And here are a couple of pics of the free motion quilting
I did on it...a big meandering paisley.

And finally...this is what I'm working on as we speak.  It's for a black and white
challenge for a show in West Palm Beach in January I think. 
Like the City Sampler, I have to have it done in about four weeks.

The challenge is to come up with a quilt that is black and white with the option of 
one or two colors added that equal no more than 25%.  The quilt has to be no
more than 160" around.  I think this one will come out around 140". 
Right now I'm stitching down the fused applique and then it's ready to be quilted
...which I have no idea how I'll do yet.

So what have you been up to?


Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Wow! I love the dyed B&W's! What kind of textile paint? And the jelly roll quilt is spectacular~ I can see you haven't been napping. LOL Have a great weekend!

Sherrill said...

OH my gosh you are SO talented!! Love that jelly roll quilt--did you cut the bricks or what? And that butterfly looks like a winner to me!