Saturday, October 25, 2014

Great Beginnings

I am feeling really good about the start of this quilt. Each day I get a little bit done and then I put it back on the design wall.  I have so many things to think about on it. Like the background, I haven't even thought about the background.  I would like it to be a print that doesn't distract from the portrait but I am not sure yet what that will be.
I also can't wait to start sewing all those pieces down. And I plan to do some thread painting in the hair, especially in the gray area. I just need to finish that little spot near the eye.

A couple of days passed and I was able to finish piecing the entire face. The next step will be at the sewing machine.
I will post the next stage as soon as I can find a little bit more time to work,. You'll see

Monday, October 20, 2014

In Focus

I find that as the days tick by, the face gets more and more in focus. Just filling in the little sections now. Can't hardly wait to move to the next phase. I get a little anxious thinking of what comes next as I get to the end of each phase. Didn't get to the nose yet but I am so happy with the eyes and the mouth.

Maybe the next time I post I will have all the little spots filled in. It has been hard for me to find a big block of time to work on it. I am sure that I'll at least get one of the sections finished. Thanks for checking in with my progress.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Moving Along

I am moving along with this project. Each day I put on a few more pieces. The good news is that I don't have to finish until next spring. I love when I can take my time and don't have to rush through it.
I already see something that needs changing. I am glad I see it now and not later like I have on so many other quilts. Every time I do a new one, I learn a lot more. This time I was concerned that I might not be able to capture the smile in her eyes. I was so worried about it because her mouth is not really turned up in a great smile. I could tell from the picture that she was smiling and hoped that I could capture that. It seems that I have.

I still have a long way to go but it feels good so far. I am still waiting to hear what all of you think. Maybe when I do a little more work on it you will tell me what you think.
I do have to say thanks for checking in on my progress.

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Just the other day I met a wonderful lady who told me how much she enjoyed my blog. I was surprised and then I realized that one never knows who is reading the gibberish that they write. She said that she truly enjoyed following my progress on After the Funeral-1943. Upon hearing that, I thought I might take the plunge and step out with another project in progress.

It will not be easy for me and just know that it WILL change as time goes on. At the bottom of my well of fear is that someone may judge the unfinished project as a mess. It's true it is always a mess until it is finished. Maybe I am afraid someone will go away at the half way point and never know how beautiful it turned out. or maybe???????????? Now is a good time to stop my rant.

Today, I throw caution to the wind and post my latest work in progress. I don't have a title yet but hopefully I will be inspired with one soon. Please write something so I will know what you think. I love knowing what other people think.

The lips were the hardest part so far, although I have found that if I don't set the eyes just right You can loose the whole likeness.

Don't forget to write something.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Been Working

I was amazed to find that I had not written anything since July. The months are rolling by so fast, but I have been working. Maybe that is why it seems like they are going by fast, because I had my head buried in my work.
Then I go from the sewing machine to the long arm quilting machine. I am thoroughly enjoying myself. I have said so many times that I feel guilty when people suggest they love my work. When you do what you love it doesn't feel like work. Sometimes it feels like the quilts spring from my fingertips. What I do comes to me easily. Sure time and skill do go into the work but the pleasure I feel is such a great reward.
I am going to split my time a little better and Keep this blog alive. But for now I have to rush off to work. Promise to post new stuff soon. :-)