Wednesday, October 11, 2017

"Visions Past"......remembering Frank Lloyd Wright

"Visions Past" 19 in by 26 in
I am posting a day early.....we are heading out of town and I won't have time tomorrow morning before we leave to post.

I fell in love with the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright when I saw Falling Water  https://www.fallingwater.org/ back in the 1970's.

When I thought about the theme of this challenge being nature the idea that popped into my head was to do one of his stained glass windows that looks out onto a nature scene.  I happened to have the tree fabric that I had printed at Spoonflower this past spring and thought it would be perfect.









I drew out the placement lines for the leading and the dark blue sheer fabric right on the tree fabric. The leading and the blue sheer fabric were fused to the tree fabric and then it was heavily quilted. My husband came up with the title.


"Visions Past" detail




Original tree fabric used














Here is the fabric.....I wish the piece of fabric which was only a half yard was bigger. Making a bigger window would mean I could piece it rather than fuse it. Keeping the fused leading which was between 1/8 in and 1/4 in wide was hard to keep straight. You can see that I was not completely successful. Of course piecing would not have been perfect either. I need to move away from geometric quilts so I don't have this level of required accuracy to deal with! Pieced and with less quilting would be how I would redo this idea.

I love the simplicity of the design of Frank Lloyd Wright's windows. They are elegant rather than gaudy as some stained glass can be. I love that you can see the surrounding scenery through the windows.








Here is an article on Frank. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Lloyd_Wright




The window I chose to use as my inspiration comes from the Willits House built in 1901 in Highland Park, Illinois. You can see it in this photo. My fabric was a blue gray so I went with dark blue for the colored glass pieces instead of brown.










I did this as a challenge for Art with Fabric blog hop hosted by Alida.   http://tweloquilting.blogspot.com/



This is the 4th time I have participated in the challenge. Thanks to Alida for doing this again. Here are the others...

May 2016, October 2016, and May 2017.








Also thanks for reading my blog today. I know it has been a long time since I posted anything. I took a vacation from sewing for a while! I am still figuring out my new sewing machine and at times miss my old one. I guess no machine is perfect. They need to consult me when they design a machine. I am sure we all feel this way. There were things I liked better on my old machine and things I like better on my new one. I guess no surprise there.

These are all the other artists for today and tomorrow so make sure you check them out. Also if you go to Alida's blog you can see the list of artists for the entire week.

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Trying out embroidery

As I mentioned in my last blog I am not much of an embroidery person. Before I turned into a quilter I was a cross stitcher. Once I found quilting the cross stitch fell by the wayside. I am pretty happy on how the circles are going so far. I need to get some milliners needles for some of the stitches I want to do. The only needles I have that will accommodate pearl cottons have a wide eye area. I need some straight needles for wrap stitches such as bullion knots. The wide eye will not go through the wrapped stitches. See what I learned this week? So far I have done fly stitches, knotted fly stitches, crested chain, French knots, and Pekingese stitches. Love how these edge stitches round out my not so perfect circles!



We finally hung some quilts this week. We hung 2 of my pixel quilts. The red one is called "Broken" and was made last November. The blue green one is called "Sunlight in the Forest." I don't think I ever posted many images of "Broken."






Well now these 2 quilts are off of the floor in my sewing room. I caught my cat sleeping on them more than once.  Linking to Nina-Marie at http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/.

Thanks for reading.
Chris

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Circles sewn down

I have finished handstitching the circles on the hand dyed wool for the kit that my daughter gave me for Christmas. I am not much of a hand appliqué person so they are not perfect. I was surprised how some of the fabrics shrink up more than others making some of the circles smaller. The embroidery stitches that I will do around them will certainly compensate for that. I have picked out some threads for the embroidery as you can see in the second photo. Maybe that's too many? Should I leave out the blues? 

Did I mention that I am not much of an embroidery person either? I guess I will be learning some new skills!

Linking to Nina-Marie at http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/