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Friday, September 12, 2014


New Pictures
 I'm posting pictures today of the progress I have made on the quilt.
In this photo I laid out the pictures I took of the garden. I placed the pictures in sequence and I will use these photos to make my a black and white drawing.

 Here is a photo of the appliques I'm  going to make. I drew them on freezer paper and I will iron the freezer paper to the fabric then draw around the edge and cut it out.  For each vegetable I will be using the raw edge applique method..



                       I have been working on some Christmas projects. I made snow flake  stencils from freezer paper. I  ironed the stencils  to some white fabric and used acyclic fabric paint to cover the surface of the stencils. I let them dry a bit and then lifted the edge of the stencil with a tooth pic and removed the stencil. I found I can use the stencil over and over and once I'm finished I can use the stencils in a paper project. I made allot of snow flakes with the stencils. Seven stencils made a nice design. 
   




    Here is a photo of the stencils I made. These have been painted over several times . Once they are painted over several times they become stiff and can be used to make Christmas cards or a paper wall art .
  

  I have also been making some polymer beads which I will use  to make necklaces. Here are a few of the polymer bead I just finished. I used scrap polymer to make these beads. . I used two pieces of glass to get the polymer to swirl into a pattern.
  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

FIRST STEPS
             I just finished printing out my photos of the garden and pinning them in sequence across the front of the space I'm going to draw my design in. Now that that step is done I will make another  black line drawing of design. The first design I was going to use I felt just had to much roadway in the design and I decided to focus more on the garden.
        I will  pick out all the features I think will be represent to look of the garden best and make drawing of each and then place the drawing of each feature in the center design.
          Once the black and white drawing is finished I can transfer the design to a piece of fabric and start making the appliques and fabric pieces I will need for the center and outside edge of the quilt.
      I like to make garden quilts because I am able to use up allot of scraps and I love gardens and doing a quilt like this is very relaxing. It really helps reduce stress. 
       I could have taken and panoramic view of the garden and made photos but I decided to do it this way . and just take single shots , print them and  put them together. Both work
          

      This is all I'm going to do today because I need to do some work on the resource list  for a book my friend and I are working on.  
     I try to get a little time in each day to work on the quilt,  It is a big project and will take several  weeks to finish.
     I'm also starting a new project in the next day or two. I'm going to make some swirled  polymer beads that will look like pieces of Christmas candy. I wanted to make them to put in the shop for the Christmas season this year. I need to cut some stencils so I can paint snowflakes on fabric to make bags from. Never can start to soon for Christmas. Thought I would keep the projects simple this year and do a couple of simple projects because I  working on two big jobs and I don't want to get overwhelmed.

Friday, August 15, 2014

NEW QUILT
            I  started the new quilt a few days ago .
            I picked eight vegetable and three fruits  to put on the outside edge of the quilt. These are the vegetables and fruits that my neighbor has brought me this year. 
           I will be making appliques of each fruit and vegetable.
   The next thing I'm going to be doing is drawing the design of the garden in the blank center .
         I took allot of pictures of my neighbors garden . I will  resize my photos and print out the ones I'm going to use to make my patterns from for the quilt.
        

        Once I get all the patterns made I will cut  the fabric for each pattern and put them in separate bags.
   I have placed  a piece of clear wrapping paper over the top of my design and  once I get my design drawn on the freezer paper  I will draw a second pattern on the clear wrapping paper and use this black line drawing to help me place all the pattern pieces . 
        
        This quilt will take me three to six months to complete.