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Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Works in Progress Wednesday

What am I working on?  Lots.  But I did get some things finished.  These two quilts are finished and off to hang at McNally Robinson's bookstore from March 2 - mid May, 2011.


The top one is "Pink Parliament" with the twelve little embroidered baby owls with button eyes.  I think I may make a pattern for this and offer to teach homeschool kids in the fall.  hmmm.  The bottom red quilt you see is this one.  Both are for sale.


Whew - just looking at it makes me tired.  That gorgeous quilt was so much work.  Anyone who tells you straight line quilting is easier is nuts!  I could have free motion quilted this one in less than half the time, but I'm glad I didn't because this quilt was meant to have the squares all echoed.

So that's done.  Here's what's in the works.  At last night's guild meeting, I brought home two charity quilts to bind.  That's from the Serendipity committee of the Saskatoon Quilter's Guild.  By the time you read this, they will most likely be finished.   : )  The binding is already made and stitched on the fronts as of this morning.  The labels are ready and will be sewn in under the binding.


I'm nearing the finish of this thread painting.  A Saskatchewan man came across my etsy site before Christmas and asked if I could do his mother's farmstead.  I knew I couldn't finish it by the holidays so I offered to have it done for Mother's Day.  He's very excited and encouraged me to blog the progress.  The farm now belongs to someone else, so this is another one of those important keepsakes like "Grandma's Cabin" was.  If you recognize this, please keep it top secret.  We wouldn't want to spoil the surprise!


It's painfully tiny, which is why I'm using thread instead of fabric.  So far so great.  I'm really enjoying this!


It's an aerial view of a large farmyard full of buildings with the harvested crop taking up more than half of the bottom of the photo.  It is 8x10 and looks fabulous in an oval.


I need to head out today to find some more thread.  HA!  Sounds funny after Saturday's post doesn't it?  But I just don't have the right greens for the yard. 

It's now six weeks until the Gardenscapes show & sale.  I'm thinking I might just exhibit some of my photos.  I had planned to hang some fibre art.  What do you think?  The pressure is off since I decided not to get juried with the craft council.  I'm just not ready.  I'm still experimenting with a lot of things plus I'm feeling un-inspired to do landscapes.  I think I need the season shifts out of winter first.

However, to my defense, I have decided to put in quilts at the HUGE show in the fall.  The theme is making waves... and I just got my special ordered fabric in the mail!!!  I am giddy over this one!


tee hee hee!!!   : )  I've been busy with the old EQ5 trying things out.  No rush.  That will get started after I am done Mandy's wallhanging and the quilt for Jesica from her grandma's scraps.  First things first: Mandy's.

The sun is shining.
I'm outta here!
You can see more WIP Wednesdays at Lee's blog!

~Monika

21 comments:

Judy Wood said...

Great colour and composition in quilt number two!! Nice and strong. The threadscape is coming along well. What's the size on that one??

Laura said...

Wow amazing quilts! And I agree with the straight line quilting.. I though I would try it with my last quilt because I heard it was "faster" NO WAY! I have never seen thread painting before, that is unreal!

Kathy said...

I'm watching you do the happy dance for the finished quilts Monica! I have done some thread painting and am jealous of your ability-great job! Some shrubs are starting to bloom out here and so hoping we have seen the last of our winter(rain)! Have a super Wednesday.

My Sweet Prairie said...

Thread painting is basically done like free-motion. This one is 8x10". The barn is about 2 cm high.
thanks! got the right greens now. off to work some more.

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

For my 2 cents worth....I think you should hang some fibre art at Gardenscape. They are amazing, and so different from anything else there.

There....was that worth 2 cents??

Anonymous said...

You are AMAZING!!
Joyce

Annie Crow said...

Oh, that mermaid print will be fun to work with.

And the thread painting is totally cool, I hope you post the whole thing once you're done.

Mary Ann said...

You said: "At last night's guilt meeting, I brought home two charity quilts to bind."

Ummmm...was it really a "guilt" meeting or a "quilt" meeting...LOL. Sorry for pointing that out but it made me smile.

I love both quilts but I love the colour palette of number 2.

random thoughts do or di said...

You are talented beyond anything I can imagine myself doing. I am constantly amazed at what people create and I am so glad I am a blogger to get to see it all.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

The thread painting is amazing! I gather you must paint the base fabric? What type of paints and brushes do you use?
I love both the quilts too.

My Sweet Prairie said...

Haha - Mary Ann that is funny. I had put QUILT meeting when I meant to put GUILD meeting. I edited it and it ended up as GUILT meeting. lol All fixed now. hehe.

I LOVE my hulahooping mermaids!!

And these thread paintings are on canvas-like fabric fed through the printer & sprayed with a fixative. I have only done this four times, but I'm getting better at it.

elle said...

Lovely work. The thread painting is very true to life. I luv the cultivated field. I'm over in MB so I need to check out that fall show.

KatieQ said...

Your thread painting is wonderful. I can't wait to see the finished product.

Allison said...

Your work is quite lovely. I'm curious & would really like to se a picture of your 12 baby owls with their button eyes - I bet they are adorable.

My Sweet Prairie said...

Thanks Allison,
Owls are here:
http://mysweetprairie.blogspot.com/2011/02/what-800-triangles-look-like-and-other.html
: )
Not sure you'll find this comment, but I have no email for you.
~M.

Bernie said...

Monika,
Wow - you are so incredibly productive and talented. Totally love that thread painting - free motion quilting scares me and you take it up a whole level above that. I'm looking forward to a trip to my favorite book store to see that straight line quilting - love the colors.
Ok - off to stain a door for a headboard and then maybe do some handstitching on a crazy quilt wall hanging .
Bernie

Becky said...

Wow! That thread painting is gorgeous! So are the quilts! How on earth do you get all of that done? I don't even have time to blog lately! Know what you mean abotu thread. Now that I'm FMQ-ing more and more, I'm going through thread like crazy! Just had to stop in fact, because I'm out of purple and have to wait until tomorrow to get more :-).

Jenniffier said...

The bold white in your square quilt makes it really pop. I really like it. Wonderful quilting to. I agree straight line is not easier.

CityHouseStudio said...

Beautiful, beautiful projects. Wow!
Michelle

Lee said...

Your thread paintings are A.MAZE.ING. They look like photographs! It's incredible, Monika, you are so talented!

The bookstore quilts are beautiful too. Nice job on all that straight line quilting. : )

Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday, have a great week!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

This is more than amazing!!!! Really.....I have been quilting for years...and selling....Your work is something else...I love the quilts; but your fibre art is what got me!!! Never seen anything as good....congrats!!!

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