"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

Saturday, December 6, 2008

What I'm Doing with What I've Got

I've got several projects in the works - nothing new for me given that it is two.something weeks before Christmas. I am working on a few last minute gifts and an ATC for a trade (which I don't have a photo of yet). I have also discovered that I am nearing my 200th post, so I will have to start thinking of a little giveaway to celebrate.

I am planning to post the paper bag tutorial that I promised ages ago, in the next few days, so stay tuned for that. Meanwhile, here are some things I am working on:

I have turned the above, uninspiring brown calico into what you see below ... using molding paste, dynaflow paints and lumiere paints. Messy but fun. No word yet on what this will become, but it's turning into something!

I participated in a project several years ago (need to pull out my journal to find out just how many) with my local quilting group and the quilt top pictured below was the result. Now that I have a nice machine, and have located black batting, and purchased ungodly expensive variegated thread, and pieced a backing from the leftover solid fabrics ... I am finally qulting this piece. My local group meets in one week and my hope is to take it with me and sew the binding on while I'm there. I have another top from the same group that I'd like to quilt as well, just not sure it will be happening this week!

And finally a closeup of my third piece of ice-dyed fabric. This one done in raspberry, orange and yellow. I ordered a few new dye colors and will make more once they arrive. I'm hoping to make some drawstring totes for my nieces for Christmas, so we'll see how that goes.
Well, I am up early for a Saturday. Someone (not me) accidentally set his alarm to go off at 6 am and someone (not him) could not get back to sleep. Ahhh well, I am enjoying the quiet (and a rare second cup of coffee) and Rosi is happy to be out of her crate. Have a wonderful day!!!


Joanna van said...

Good for you on trying to finish projects. I bet it will be such a nice feeling to have that quilt top done. I must tell you, if you are in the buying mood haha, you should pick up Phillipa Naylors new book. I can't get over how perfect her free motion stitching is. I just love this book. I need to write more about it on my blog.

Anonymous said...

I know about that alarm clock thing. Sometimes life just isn't fair, but two cups of coffee is and peace and quiet are OK.


morningDove said...

love the raspberry snowcone. hahaha. great colors. Your quilt is very shapely and full of lots of color too. Looks like a great quilt, who for?

Clevelandgirlie said...

You have been a very busy girl. I absolutely love the ice dyeing. What awesome effects that creates. I am also intrigued by your moulding paste project. How you turned that yucky brown fabric into that really cool textured bursts of color gets a bravo!
Leave it to you to find some new toys to play with.

TracyB said...

you know I'm TOTALLY digging the molding paste piece!!!

julie m said...

The transformation of the brown calico is fantastic. Will you be adding more detail on the process?