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August 5, 2019

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August 5 update

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 10:29 am

We are into August already!!! How did that happen? One day at a time, I suppose.

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I took another class – it has REALLY been my year for classes, right?   This one was with an artist named Danny Amazonas, from Taiwan.  His work is superfantastic, in my opinion.  He has lots of animals and is particularly good with faces.  I made a detour during my Texas trip to visit his exhibit at the Texas Quilt Museum.

Danny is an amazing artist and a really warm and funny human being.   I enjoyed every minute of his teaching.  I’m still not sure that I really understand what he was talking about, but that is a frequent occurrence when I’m talking about the techniques of art.  I really don’t think my eyes work the same way as other people’s, and that’s OK.     The focus of our class was three dimensional spheres with directional light on them.  We were supposed to make things that looked like planets hanging in space.   Our beautiful kit that came with the class had more than 30 fabrics in it, and I think that I would have been better off with just about 10.

Here is my work:

I’ll be honest, I didn’t like it at all when I did them.   However, the more I look at them, the more I’ve started to like it.  I need to go back in to the large partial planet and darken it (take out the lightest fabrics and leave more open spaces for the black background to show through), but I’ll get to that at some point.  By darkening that, it will look like it is further back in space.

My Jazz sewing machine quit working.  It was very traumatic!!!  And my take to class machine has been developing some quirks (most notably, frequently getting stuck in Reverse).  So, I bundled them up and trekked them across the Denver metro area to the authorized Baby Lock repair place for service.     You know the trouble with sewing machine repair places?  They are also sewing machine selling places.  Yeah, I came home with a new machine.  It was a good price (big sale going on), and had wonderful features that I was really wishing that I had on my current machines…

Go ahead, say it.  I’m a sucker and they saw me coming from a MILE away…

Anyway, I’ve been working on my Houston project (Miss Rosie) to get to know the new machine.   Did I mention that the teacher is coming to Boulder in October?  Did I mention that I signed up for a second class with her in one year?  I’m really hoping that taking two classes with the same instructor qualifies as “hero worship” and not “stalking.”   We are going to have a great time with the class and I will know several people who will also be attending, so I am thrilled.

The new machine sews very well, and very evenly.  I’m really pleased with how it makes my pieces look.

The nice thing is that when I do make a mistake (hey, it happens), the stitches are really easy to pick out because they are so perfectly formed.   I think that this machine purchase will fall into the category of “Impulse buy, but still a good thing.”

Stop laughing.  STOP it.  I mean it.  Don’t make me come over there…

I had another finish.  The 2017 Bonnie Hunter “On Ringo Lake” mystery quilt.  I’m really thrilled with how it came out.  I picked my own colors and they are really bright and fun.  And Patriotic.   Which wasn’t my original intention, but I’m quite happy with as an end result.

Nice, right?    I finished piecing it in March of 2018, took it to the quilter and then it languished at the bottom of a pile in my workroom until early July 2019.  Totally embarrassing that it took so long.     My Sister in Law, Ginger, helped me machine stitch the binding on when  she was visiting, and then I hand-stitched it down over the course of the next couple of weeks.

This is probably, technically, one of the most precise things that I’ve ever made.  It will live on my guest room bed, so if you ever come to visit me, you can sleep under it.    I need new sheets to match it, which will be acquired eventually.

Oh, and I’ve altered the name, slightly.  I call it ‘Fourth of July on Ringo Lake” due to the colors that I selected.

Hey, as I typed about that quilt, I remembered that I have another finish.  Except I don’t have a really good photo of it.  A lifelong friend of mine got diagnosed with cancer, went through fast treatment, and then the next week her dog died.  I figured that if anyone was in the need of a long distance hug or two, it was her.   I found a video with a really nice but fast design, and I made it all in purple, because that is her favorite color.

I didn’t get a picture of the finished quilt because I was in a hurry to get it into the mail, but you get the general effect.  The quilter used a music themed template and kind of a cranberry colored thread and it came out looking very nice.  I used the new machine to put the binding on, and then it took about a week or so to get the binding hand stitching done.   It has been shipped, received and loved.   I’m really pleased.

So, progress is being made.  Things are getting finished.    I think that I’m going to keep focusing on Miss Rosie for the immediate future.  Wouldn’t it be grand if I had a finished item to show to Jaqueline when she teaches in October?  It might be do-able if I apply myself.  And stop getting distracted by new, shiny projects and classes…









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1 Comment »

  1. These are gorgeous! I have a quilter friend and I’m always in awe of her creations. It must be so satisfying. And your color selection is great, too!

    Comment by Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life — August 15, 2019 @ 3:21 pm

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