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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Happiness is... Prairies & Thread.

I'm pretty excited about this one!  I think I say that all the time, don't I?  I can't help it.  It amazes me what you can do with thread.  I find this such an exciting process.  Here is the little piece that I showed you yesterday, after an afternoon of machine stitching.

Work in Progress (currently in the ugly phase). 

I always have to laugh at the messiness of this phase.  It looks ratty and a bit plain without handstitching.  I'm ready for that now!  The trees worked out just how I wanted them too.  I had all the right colors of sewing thread on hand (oh thank you Jane Evans!).  The only reason this piece is so small is because of that sky.  Heather Lair sent me a piece of her fabulous hand dyed sky.  I used it up in another piece last spring.  I had a 4" snippet left, and noticed immediately that it was the perfect mood for that photo I took once the tornado warnings were lifted this summer.  Here.  How about I show you my progress in reverse?   : )


Here is the initial fabric placement:


Here is my initial loose sketch, just to figure out placement and stitch options.


Finally, here's one of the photos that inspired this piece.


So there you go!  I'm linking to The Needle & Thread Network.  Pop on over if you would like to see what other Canucks are up to.  ; )


16 comments:

Jo said...

Wow! That is amazing! :)

Heather Lair said...

Thought I recognized the sky! I will be painting some more this Fall, I will send you some. This piece is growing nicely too!
As I drive through the Prairies and see an interesting view, I always think, "I bet Monika could make a neat quilt with this!" :)
Heather Lair

Mrs.Pickles said...

wow amazing work!

Maureen said...

That's the ugly stage? Looks lovely to me!

Linda A. Miller said...

I would say lovely, too! Love the process, Monika...

Ariane said...

It's beautiful!! Can't wait to see the big finish!!!

HollyM said...

Wow, Monika, it's beautiful! You're right the sky is perfect. It's amazing to see your process from your sketch to the machine quilting. And boy you get a lot done in a day!

Ellie said...

It is amazing what YOU can do with some thread - I think it is looking amazing already. I can't wait to see it finished. :)

Mertie said...

Your work is amazing, beautiful and totally inspirational!!! Thank you for sharing!

applepiepatchwork said...

You're right, it is amazing what thread can do! I never would have guessed that you turned that plain fabric into the amazing piece of art that you have now. Wow.

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Jackie said...

You are so crazy talented!

Kit Lang said...

Loved seeing your process - now I understand why people like it so much when I do it! ;)

Sheila said...

Doesn't look ugly to me , looks fantastic!

PrairiePeasant said...

Amazing what you can do with a needle and thread!

Regina said...

Wonderful piece, wish I could just get to your "ugly" phase......

Dahn said...

This piece is excellent! You do great foliage and grasses.. :-)

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