Monthly Archives: July 2009

On my design wall

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Or maybe the title should be On my design wall AGAIN since this is Adam’s quilt that I was working on back in May. I got a 12 x 12 block section assembled before I ran out of room on the wall and this one needs 3 more rows of blocks and then a border.
What’s NOT on my design wall are the Stars and Pinwheel blocks — I finished assembling the last one and set them aside for a bit since I was getting pretty bored with brown and pink.

My tasks for the next few nights will be to finish the binding on the HeartStrings quilt and then hand stitch the binding on the quilt for Adam’s girlfriend — I got it made and machine stitched on this afternoon.

Don’t be shocked…

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I actually dusted off the longarm and quilted something. We’re visiting the boys in Atlanta in a week and I would like to have this quilt finished so I can take it to give to Adam’s girlfriend. It still needs binding and washing but I should be able to manage that.

The pantograph is Wandering Daisies

and while some people wouldn’t dream of doing a pantograph on a quilt with applique, I think as long as the motifs are small and the thread is blendy it can look good. All the photos should enlarge if you click on them.

Selective recoloring

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I’ve used this technique a couple times before (here and here) and it’s a great way to draw attention to something in a photo.
A photo of the boys messing around with me in Vancouver last summer.

Remember me telling you a few months ago the wine store in the neighborhood had closed …guess what? It opened back up under new management a few weeks ago. Oh happy day!

How easily do you get bored?

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With a quilt like this with lots of the same block — I like to get a bunch layed out on the design wall and then take 15 minutes here and there to sew one or two of them at a time. I know it would be quicker to sit down and sew them all at once but I have a low tolerance for boredom in my quilting.

I’m puttering along with my binding too – I can’t believe how slow I’m working these days…. in fact, I can’t quite figure out where the days are going.

More donations

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From Sue and her Oroville/Chico California group, these 9 HeartStrings tops that will be finished by me and other volunteers in the coming months and donated to those in need.

Today’s photo editing lesson combined a number of previous lessons. I chose this photo taken in April on our Ireland trip. It has some of the things I loved best about Ireland – the water, the green grass, stone walls and ruins.

I love the wrinkled old fashioned look the textures give it — appropriate for a photo taken in the country my grandparents emigrated from.

More photo editing lessons

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The edge burning effect is subtle but effective at making the center of this photo – the tree – really pop out from the background.

In this lesson, a texture was applied to the photo using overlay blending mode and text was added.
The challenge is finding the right photo for the technique — or rather, finding the right technique to enhance the photos. Luckily, I’m able to access all the instructions for the techniques even after the class is over so I can refer back to them as needed.

Some days

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Some days getting up and dressed is about as much as I feel up to accomplishing but I’ve found that getting outside for a little bit each day helps. Today, a walk around the neighborhood, lunch out, and a cup of coffee with my book and now I’m ready to head upstairs to sew a bit.
To see my neigborhood up close — click on the collage to enlarge!

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