Monday, February 17, 2020

A Bit of Handwork (and the horrors of Technology)

Since I will be sitting around during rehearsals for a while, I decided to start a handwork project.  I have made a couple of these in the past.  My favorite is titled String Theory - but I sold it in a gallery.

So it is time to make another one for me. Or at least to keep my hands busy while I wait my time to act.   I learned this technique from a class by Carol Ann Waugh.    So I have done all of the prep work that requires things I can't take to rehearsal. And of course I had to do some hand stitching to have it started.  Once it is going, it is easy to say "Oh, I can do this -here...." and keep going.

For now, here is how it looks:
The lovely hand dyed fabric is from a selection of Ricky Tims fabrics that I got in a giveaway a while back.  Those nice splotches of color give me inspiration for both color and form. 

In case you are wondering about the piece I mentioned earlier, you can find it here

Now about those "horrors of Technology" - For quite a while, my practice has been to take photos with my phone (android device) and when I get to my computer I can download them from Google Photos. 
Up until today, it has worked flawlessly. It is super easy, no need to connect anything or remove a data card, etc.   Today, I took the above photo and went to Google Photos on my computer to download it.  It isn't there.  I tried a few 'tricks' to get it to show up.  I deleted some photos that I didn't need anymore.  Still nothing.  I finally emailed it to myself from my phone.
And that is why you can see it now. 

I still haven't gotten it to show up on Google Photos.  Oh the horrors of technology gone awry!

At least I had a "creative" solution.


Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Saturday, February 15, 2020

More Seminole Piecing - Batiks

The Seminole patchwork is still keeping me intrigued.   This time I pulled out some batiks from my Island Batik stash bin and played a bit.
To make this type of patchwork, you sew strips of varying widths and then sub-cut them and sew them back together.   The smaller strips in this were cut at 3/4"  - sewing them is a challenge to your quarter inch seam allowance -- as every bobble shows. I realized that my quarter inch is not nearly as good as I would like it to be.  But I am still happy with the patchwork.   Once it is quilted, the quilting will disguise the less than perfect seam allowance.

I really love the play of colors in this.  There was quite a bit of the leftover strip set after sewing the center band.  That became the border strips, top and bottom.  I think this piece will be great as part of the cover of a notebook or perhaps a binder. 

Seminole piecing is often used to make bands to decorate clothing or kitchen towels.  I have seen it on kitchen towels in the distant past, but I didn't realize what I was seeing as I wasn't a quilter then. If you are interested, here is a photo of the book I purchased to learn this technique.
I am sure that there are other books on the subject. Some may be better than this one. However, this one is a great starting point for me.

Have you ever done Seminole piecing? If so where/how did you learn the technique? 

A while back I told you that I had gone to a couple of auditions.  While I am still waiting to hear from one of them,  I was cast as "The Cop" in the local community theatre stage production of Clue!
This will  be a fun production.  We did our first read through this past Thursday night.  The cast is great and I think we will make a good ensemble/team.  But as I said before, I may be posting less on the blog as rehearsals will be taking up more of my time.



Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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