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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Works in Progress Wednesday

Good news!  ALL of my framed thread paintings have now sold.  Right now I'm lying low and taking a few days of rest.  Still, in my head, I'm planning.  The month of April will be specifically to complete commissions.  There is Mandy's tree that needs to be finished (right Mandy?).  Gosh she's been waiting so long! This quilt really stumped me several times along the process.

just a corner of it here...

And Jesica's quilt made from her late grandmother's stash will be done too.  I've been slowly putting blocks together and spent hours pressing them.  I sent her photos and we've been discussing the arrangements before they all get stitched together.  That shouldn't take long once the layout is confirmed.  That stage - from blocks to completed top - is always very fast.


Finally, I'll be reworking this piece into a larger quilted wall hanging for a new B.C. resident who left the prairies.  She found me on Etsy and commissioned it from me for her own house-warming gift.  Sweet!  "Telephone Poles Along Highway 7" came from this photo.  I added a larger third pole on the right of my piece (see yesterday's post).


I just love working from my photos!  I'll make new works for the next showing of my work which will be on Sunday, May 29th with a group exhibit.  I have in mind:  trains, fence posts, more ditches full of wildflowers, and the old grain elevators too.  sigh.  I can't wait to start those!  I've already decided they will be more of the same style:  fabric collaged, thread painted & hand embroidered scenes under glass in frames.  Those were so well received, and so incredibly enjoyable to create. Here are some more photos I'm considering stitching out.

aren't they the cutest!!?

I can imagine layers and layers from this one.
this too!

I set them all in high contrast before I stitch them.  It brings out the depth and the understated details that can really make a picture POP.

p.s.  I'll let you in on a little surprise.  !!!  Actually, it's a BIG surprise.  I will be the featured artist in the spring 2012 issue of A Needle Pulling Thread magazine with my latest works.  I am going to work extra hard to make the most lovely creations I can for that issue.  The work in that magazine is truly stunning and incredibly tasteful.  Because they are all sold so fast, I will have to photograph my work through all the stages in high resolution.

Oh!  And the owl quilt which has been claimed for Baby Bell #4.  Yes... that will get done too!


For more works in progress from other sewists, check out Lee's blog at FRESHLY PIECED.
: )
~Monika

12 comments:

Wendy said...

What an exciting post! Mandy's hanging is coming together - it is working! And I love the owls quilt - so beautiful :) The wonky style is really cute, I might have to try it!

MDH said...

Lucky Anno!!!
I'd like the threaded painting of the train for my dad when it's done please. Also, I can't go any longer without one of your thread paintings for myself! I'll stay tuned for finished new pieces!!!
And, maybe an owl quilt too... Oh, I have to stop visiting your blog!! I love them all!
Maybe my quilt isn't finishing itself because I'm meant to have another baby?!! ;) Don't worry,my husband doesn't agree - hehe.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on being featured artist in ANPT!!! My head is spinning with this creative whirlwind you're living in:) Fantastic! but don't forget to take some time for yourself :)
PS: I was one of "those people" bending over and peering endlessly at your work at Gardenscape. I NEED on of your pieces too.
Joyce

Ladydy5 aka: Diane Yates said...

I can understand why all your artwork has been sold. You do fantastic, wonderful artistic (and many other adjectives to describe your work). Simply amazing what you do. Thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

You go, Monika!!! This is all wonderfully exciting, and well deserved. Allow me to jump up and down with you from way down here on the East Coast!

felicity said...

Congrats, Monika - so happy that your beautiful work is getting the recognition it deserves!

Christie, Describe Happy said...

You have such an exciting month ahead!! I am so tickled for you!! You rock!!

Anonymous said...

I just LOVE the fencepost and barb wire fence!!!
Hope I can have that one :)
Joyce

Jackie said...

Congrats on being a featured artist... you are just doing amazing!!

Dee said...

What an awesome accomplishment...I just love the pictures of the landscapes and the owl is just too cute.

Jeane said...

Congratulations on a successful show and your upcoming magazine feature. Have your feet touched ground yet! I loved your prarie fence posts and wild flowers. You have worked very hard to reach these goals so enjoy!

Lee said...

Woo hoo, congrats on the magazine feature! Awesome! And you sold all your thread paintings! You are rocking it, girlfriend! I'm so happy for you!

I can't wait to see more of Mandy's tree. The little part you showed is just unbelievably gorgeous. Thanks for linking up, have a great week!

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