"If you hear a voice within you say, 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." --Vincent van Gogh

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Moving Right Along ...

I still have a lot to do, but things are moving along. I simply cannot believe Christmas is in just two weeks. Where does the time go?

I finished quilting the quilt in a swirly pattern which came out pretty nice. I am very much a novice at machine quilting, but I can tell from looking at the back that I improved even just over the course of this one quilt. I still have to attach the binding. You can see that I have a helper who likes to come supervise, at least when the sun is shining in that window!
I made an ATC which I'm quite pleased with. It is going to ... well I can't tell you because it's a secret. The background is a cotton upholstery sample. I intended to do just neutrals with no color but I couldn't quite manage it. It seems each time I set out to work without color, somehow color sneaks in. Anyway, I do like how it came out.
This is the finished project from the piece I showed a couple of posts ago. Well, I can't show you the whole thing yet, but I bet you can guess what it is.
My Christmas Camellia is really blooming this year. This is the first year that the plant is covered in blooms. I am so happy when I see this beautiful plant bursting with color in Decmeber. I think I must plant a few more! Today is warm with a misty rain and the drops on the flowers were so pretty this morning.
And finally, what else? This ice-dyed fabric happened yesterday and it astounded me. I used three colors - orchid, chartruese, and sky blue (all from Dharma) and it just came out this absolute riot of colors. I'm still not sure how it happened. I have another piece melting away right now with the exact same dyes, so we'll see if I get similar results.

Have a wonderful day!


Karen said...

Wow, what an absolutely stunning piece of fabric. I'm going to have to increase my dye concentration or cut down on the amount of snow I use because that is beautiful. Mine always turn out watered down.

Love your other items as well. I have my new sewing machine sitting in the living room ready for Christmas so I'll be trying out my hand at machine quilting as well. The book I read said the exact same thing you did - that by the end of the quilt there should be a noticable difference.

I've never seen one of those flowers before they are beautiful thanks for sharing.

Sherry said...

OMG! That fabric is to "dye" for. So when did you say you were opening your ETSY shop? HMMMM! Maybe advertise some of your gorgeous fabric???

Joanna van said...

Your quilt is looking great. Love the swirley patterns!Look forward to seeing whatyoudo with your nice piece of dyed fabric.

morningDove said...

love all the pics and your little helper is so cute. watch that needle! the fabric is wonderful and great color. my "c" has all those blooms and they haven't opened. but i'll keep watching.

katelnorth said...

great fabric - and nice ATC, too - I hope it's coming to me :)