Friday, March 10, 2017

Busy Busy - Creating and Preparing

Wow, this has been a busy week and it has flown.  I did some creative things.  I also did a lot of preparing.   I have a gallery show coming up in April and I needed to get some things ready.

I sewed a facing on this Wild Quilting piece so that it can be hung in the show.
The triangles are open on all four corners for a hanging rod at the top
and a weight rod at the bottom. 
There were a number of paintings that needed framing. Many of them are now in frames and only need the dust covers and hanging wires added.
There are several more that need framed and prepped also. Next week will be very busy too.

There was fabric dyeing also:
This should make a great background for an art quilt.
Another good background for an art quilt. 

Those are all roughly half yards.
This piece is probably a fat quarter - it has been overdyed twice!
The first time it was used under a piece and only got a little bit of dye.  The second dyeing left a good bit of white space and too much yellow.  The orange was added when I did the first piece in this photo- again as a piece to soak up extra dye.

But then there is this  small strip that was used to not waste some dye that was mixed with soda ash. Because once you add the soda ash to the dye there is a limited time before the dye expires.
Just the dyed fabric going across the covered board.
It is about 4 inches wide and probably 12-16 inches long
And that covered board?  That is over my ironing board. It gives me a nicer place to iron yardage.
There are two slats on the bottom of the board -one on each side of the ironing board - that keep it from sliding around. I covered it with some cotton home dec weight fabric over a layer of cotton batting.  It makes for a flatter ironed fabric also. You can see my Reliable iron in the background.  My board doesn't cover the entire ironing board as I bought an edge finished board that is 3 feet long and 16 inches wide. I didn't want to have to cut or sand it - just cover and go! The size was a personal choice- it is easily removed if I have to iron clothing and need the "point" on the ironing board.  A bigger board would give me issues in the space I am in.

It is National Craft month and Craftsy has a weekend sale. All classes are under $20 - so it is a great time to buy that class you have been wanting - or just to give yourself a creative boost.
You know that I have taken several Craftsy classes and had lots of fun in them.  I have also used the Craftsy Money-Back Guarantee at least twice when I realized a class just didn't work for me. (Sometimes a teacher just isn't your style or the class isn't what you expected.)
This sale ends Monday March 13 at 11:59 Mountain Time - so don't miss out if you want to get a class at a bargain price.

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Jeanna said...

You have been very busy. I imagine the gallery show is going to be a big success for you. I spy some nice art you are taking.

I have a board for my ironing too. I haven't covered it yet. How did you attached your batting and cover?

The Joyful Quilter said...

Thanks for the tip about Craftsy! Your dyed pieces are BEAUTIFUL and the Wild Quilting piece is SPECTACULAR!! Off to see if I can decide on a class...

Barbara said...

You are amazing! The Wild Quilting piece is unbelievable, and beautiful. And you know I love your face paintings! The dyed pieces are extraordinary, even the small strip. Well done, Gene!

Debbie said...

What a great piece....Wild Quilting is just beautiful. Your dying has come along too.....and lots of luck with the showing!

Vicki W said...

Oh my gosh, that second dyed piece is spectacular!