Saturday, May 30, 2020

A splash of color and printing weeds

A pack of 10 inch squares in very bright colors became a very bright donation top this week, I do have the backing so it should get quilted soon.

After pulling some weeds I selected some to print (they have to be good for something).

2020 weekly leaf, Burr oak series, week 22
A eco/botanical print on silk

Daily colleges #13-24

Starting tomorrow I'm going to switch it up some and do a different background and a little more complexity . Anyway that's the plan we will see if I can break out of my minimalist approach.

I've also had company in the studio, a 6 week old kitten that is learning to climb everything including my roll of flannel.

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Still here and still stitching

I've been reminded a few times lately that I have been very remiss with my blogging, it's gone from a regular weekly post to a random occasional post. Starting today I'll try to get back to regular, but I'm not promising anything.

I put together six of my weekly leaves, weeks 13-18, and I love how it looks. I had just enough of the stripe fabric in my stash, I had to use it because it went so well with the prints.

SAQA 100 days is now finished, has a backing on it and is waiting for me to do facings.

This looks so much better than the original 3 yards of fabric. I'm now looking at other printing rejects in my stash to pull out for future cutting up and stitching.

2020 Weekly leaf, Burr Oak Series
week 19, an altered cyanotype

week 20, SolarFast on a commercially printed fabric

week 21, cyanotype

I have saved odd scraps for decades with the thought of doing collage and have finally decided to just do it. My first stumbling block was the amount of stuff I've saved and where to start with it all. It's been narrowed down to a small selection of fabrics that already have fusible web on them and a few assorted other pieces that are in eyesight. I've started with a 5" x 7" size because I have a pad of canvas paper that I have no other use for. I expect these to change as I go along , switching out some of the material for papers, change size, etc. Here are the first 12.

Daily Collage 1 - 12

I did number 13 yesterday and started to add a few stitches and may continue doing that for maybe the next 12. I've really been enjoying doing these, none of them are great art but who cares.

I'll be linking up with "Off The Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching "

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Print day in May

Yesterday was International Print Day, so of course I had to do some prints.All of my prints are of weeds that I had pulled earlier in the day. The first group are gelatin prints on paper.

Next are gelatin prints on various silks.

The last group are three cyanotypes and on top right SolarFast.

I have no idea what I will do with these but it was fun and I'm very pleased with the prints.

My weekly leaves are coming along.
week 17 SolarFast on commercially printed fabric

Week 18 is also SolarFast on commercially printed fabric.

I'm planning on putting the last 6 weeks of leaves together and it will look something like this.

SAQA Next 100 Days, is almost done 8 more days to go. Here are the first 90 all sewn together.

I'll be linking up with "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Friday, April 17, 2020

Staying Home

Not much new here on the home front, we've been staying home and keeping busy. Lots of yard work to do, so we have been getting outside. I've quilted the five donation quilts that I'd pieced a few weeks ago. This one is my favorite.

2020 Weekly Leaf, Burr Oak Series

Week 15, solarFast on commercial printed cotton, the detail pictures show the actual color.

Week 16, solarFast uncommercial printed cotton

SAQA Next 100
 the first 70 days are sewn together
and  a few of the ones that have been done since then.

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Friday, April 3, 2020

Sewing up scraps and odd fabrics

I've spent the last few days in the studio digging through my stuff and sewing odd things together, eventually they will end up as donation quilts for Project Linus. The first one was a large piece of fabric that I had printed many years ago and then didn't know what to do with it. Well, I've cut it up into large tumbling blocks, it's very bright.

The second one started from two pieces of fabric, both printed with a similar deconstructed leaf image. I then added strips of fabric that were close in color to the prints, it's very busy.

The third one is still in process. It started with a shoebox filled with scraps of black and white prints, many of them were ones that I had printed. I just started sewing pieces together and now have these five larger pieces that will get assembled together with some red fabric.

2020 weekly leaf, Burr oak series, week14
Solar Fast on commercially printed cotton

SAQA Next 100 days

six rows (60 days) sewn together

61 -63

My normal goto thread for stitching is Pearl cotton, but for this 100 day project I'm using floss. Back in the 60's and 70's I did a lot of embroidery and saved all the thread in a large jar. For this project I've decided to use some of that thread, several of the skeins have the original little paper wrappers on them that include the price.
Most are 10 or 12 cents and there's 9 yards per skein. Thread skeins are no longer marked with a price and the price is quite a bit higher, and they are smaller, 8.7 yards.

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching".