27 Apr

Odds and Ends

The Fliegenpilz forest section is done, but the completion of the quilt is on hold while I figure out what to do next. I had envisioned a vertical row, five hexagons wide, on one side as more stacked logs, and possibly a swath of free-form hexagon undergrowth and Fliegenpilze below, but now I’m not so sure. I’ll set it aside and make some hexagons before deciding anything final. It may end up being two quilts.

Fliegenpilz in progress

A while ago, my sister asked for a shade for her mud room door. I finally made it although I’m not too sure how happy I am with it. I’ve learned that although I greatly admire other artists’ work with sheer fabrics, I’m not a big a big fan of working with sheers myself! Erin, if you’re looking at this, its on it’s way to you, but you don’t have to use it if you don’t like it–I’ll understand 🙂

Erin's Window Shade

Just for fun, I’m participating in a Trading card swap, but this one is Round Robin style. I’ve finished my backgrounds. They are silk I marbled myself last summer. I fused the silk to Timtex and then added some satin stitch lines in rayon threads. One will stay with me and the others will go to the two other participants. They’ll each send me a background, and then we’ll all add a bit and pass them on again. I think this makes the swap more personal.

ATC Backgrounds

And finally, I had bought a Japanese craft magazine a month or so ago, and then found some fabric I absolutely loved. The two came together a few weeks ago as this bag which I think is absolutely adorable! By the way, is it just me or is anyone else mad about handmade purses and bags these days?

Moulin Rouge Sac

7 thoughts on “Odds and Ends

  1. Wow! Your new strippy, forest work is incredible! It feels very authentic and spontaneous and joyful–you must be having a good time with this work.

    And that marbled fabric–it is perfection. I hope the traders know how lucky they are–and that they don’t do something unworthy with that beautiful stuff. 😉

    I love a morning when I can look at great stuff like this!

  2. Don’t worry, I know lots of people who are mad at handmade bags…
    I hardly ever sew anything useful, and now I have already sewn three bags.
    Must be contagious or something like that.
    By the way, I like your forest quilt.

  3. I love the idea of the round robin trading cards. Hmmm, wonder if I could get a group going? Your forest is so interesting. I just want to see it up close.

  4. I am addicted to the idea of handmade bags…..in fact I made a great one last Fall and have been using it ever since! I’ve recently purchased several patterns for others, and hope to begin using my hand dyes to make the patterns.
    Love your shade…your sister is one lucky girl!!

  5. I love it all. There is so much in this post. Do you ever sleep? I think the sheer is lovely. I’d love to see it hung on the door. I can imagine it was a challenge. Of course, I adore the new forest quilt. The colors are amazing. I can’t wait to see what you do with it. Tell us more about the card swap. How big are they? The satin stitch blends so well with the marbled fabric. And yes yes yes yes I’m mad about bags too! (And aprons!)

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