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You have a challenge carrying out your quilting life in two places, don't you Ami? Do you have to make lists all of the time?
Judy I do make a lot of lists. Many times I find what I need to continue something is in the other place. Most of my stash is in New Mexico which makes it hard when I am not there as I have to carefully plan. I made up a kit for the blue and orange quilt that is now on my longarm a couple of months ago and pieced the blocks in California. I brought them back here from Colorado and pieced them into a top. I was over the moon about them and decided that this quilt needed to be quilted as my next project. I wish I could stay here another week to finish quilting this one but it will have to wait till my next visit. At least the hardest part the stitch in the ditch is complete.
I never did kit up another quilt. I do have some projects that will have handwork to keep me busy till my next visit. Next time I come I will have to work on kitting up a few things.
Continuing with my adventures with clay ...
Perhaps you have heard of the perennial blossom known as a Black-eyed Susan? Also known as coneflower or echinacea.
How about flower called a Red-headed Judy? (Three shades of orange petals with a red center. Must have been affected by that Hot to Trot quilt, eh?)
Some petals broke off during the second baking while I was baking the squiggly thready stuff on. I need to bake it again to repair the broken bits with glue but I twirled this thing around in the dirt so I could take a photo before this afternoon's rain.
That is adorable!
Cris in MT
That is *magnificent*! Well done, Judy!
Here's an in-progress photo of my reverse applique butterflies.
Is there a prize for micro-stitches?
I used to do silk petitpoint work (about 30-35 years ago). I also did fine linen counted cross stitch. I am dazzled by your fine work.
I used to do silk petitpoint work
Do you still have your petitpoint needlework and counted cross-stitch projects? I loved doing counted cross-stitch on a blank foundation. It was mesmerizing seeing the picture emerge as if by magic, stitch by stitch. I especially liked designs where there would 1/4 and 3/4s compensating stitches to complete the designs at the edges.
ah, yes. Also about 35-40 years ago (because this was before my oldest child was born), I did silk gauze needlepoint. You might remember that silk gauze starts around 25 stitches/inch and goes up from there.
My project at the time was a Victorian house, viewed from the street, done on 18 count canvas. The weave in the window areas was turned back (i.e. I cut the weave so that the individual threads could be folded back onto the back) and needlepointed silk gauze would be stitched behind the open window frame. OH! Kinda like reverse applique! LOL! The window scenes were of vignettes of what the room was ... a living room, a bedroom, a baby's room .
I got the VIctorian house done and several of the silk gauze window scenes. And then ..... it occurred to me that, as pretty as these projects were, it wasn't a good use of my time since I now had small children in the houses. When the project was finished, I'd have a pretty picture to hang on the wall (along with all the other projects and pictures).
So, I shelved my needlepoint in favor of sewing children's garments ... a whole other venue for creativity! Since I had 3 girls, I got to sew delightful Daisy Kingdom dresses for special occasions, play clothes, jammies, all sorts of clothing for school (involving smocking, tatting, French handsewing, counted cross-stitch embellishments using waste canvas) ... if it could be done on garments, I surely did it. :-) Gosh, I loved sewing clothing for them!
I still have that Victorian house project ... still unfinished. I still have the chart pamphlets for the window scenes .. someplace. :-) I rediscovered the silk gauze part of the project some time ago and gave a very brief thought of continuing where I left off. Then I really LOOKED at the gauge of the gauze. HOLY MOLEY ... was that stuff tiny! Heh ... I put the project back in the bag and back in the closet. :-)
So, yeah, I can do small stitches. :-)
Judy I love your flower. I really like the spagetti stuff at the top.