I've been trying to get this post written for days! The sad part is, for as busy as I have been, I have nothing to show for my time at all! Meanwhile, look what was at the shelter the other day! Poor babies had come in to see the vet. But I got to cuddle them a bit.
I was asked last week to do a demo at the next quilt guild meeting. I had my choice of free motion quilting or the Ann Brauer technique. I decided it would be easier to do the Ann Brauer in 15 minutes, so I've been playing with some fabrics I had already set out to use the next time I got back to this fun technique. These first ones are the gradations I used in my George Sicilano piece. I couldn't decide exactly what to do with them. I think things like this are why digital cameras were invented.
So, what do you think? Simple gradation?
Blended? (I'm not sure I like the striped effect, plus the green gets kind of washed out)
Wrapped around a neutral palette?
This one is my least favorite.
I'm leaning toward the first one. It's not FOR anything- just playing so I have samples for the demo.
I got most of my mandala quilted over the weekend, in spite of not being home two of the three days!
It's hard to see, I know. This is the back since the quilting doesn't show up much on the front. Maybe I should have used the heavier thread in the bobbin, too.
The mandalas will be on display through the middle of November. Hours vary, so call ahead!
My friend "Footie" asked me to make some little mug huggers for a yarn shop her shop is doing at the end of the month. I had an awful time with it at first. ( I personally thought the pattern was poorly written, but the designer assures me no one else had trouble with it) I was going to give the link, but she has removed the pattern. hmmm.
Anyway, I don't get the point of a mug sweater, but it is kind of cute.
The end of the gardening season is fast approaching. So hopefully I'll soon have more to show for my time!
Speaking if the end of gardening season- it's time for my annual reminder that leaves are excellent mulch and the best source of organic material for your soil. So mow over them and leave them on the ground! (no pun intended) Don't bother raking them and putting them in plastic bags to go to the landfill. If you must rake, be sure to use the paper lawn waste bags most municipalities use, so they can be turned into mulch!
I am grateful for:
People who acknowledge that you did something nice for them.