Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Work in Progress (WIP) Wednesday

So I have 20 minutes before Thursday is over. No problem. I have the beginnings of two WIPs this week. First up is a piece of scrap fabric that I layered with two layers of batting to increase the texture. All of those rectangles you can see will be filled with quilting or other items/techniques. I am making it up as I go along. One thing I am sure of is that it will be painted once I'm finished with the quilting lines. This work was inspired by 'The Painted Quilt - Paint and Print Techniques for Color on Quilts' by Linda & Laura Kemshall.

I think the shadows give you a good sense of what it looks like so far.

Second Up are some photos of items I am collecting to use on a quilt, or a series of quilts, about type 2 diabetes. After 12 years of managing this disease, I find myself struggling with numbers out of control. I decided that since these are symptoms I have not experience before and they are having such a hugh and mostly negative impact on every single area of my life, I am going to use this series to work thru and express some of those emotions, challenges and frustrations that other people with the disease could also relate to.

My nightime, long acting insulin pen.

The doc and I monitor the blood sugar results 8 times a day and then decide what dose to raise it to since we have yet to reach the right level of blood sugar numbers.
Of course these pens are easy, easy, easy to use and the needles are fine and go in with no pain at all.

So the 'Diabetes' quilt that I create with these are other accessories and important parts of diabetes management should be quite interesting.  We shall see.

What are you working on?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Finally, the Metals part of the Mixed Media on Fabric

Geez, life does have a way of getting away from me. I had the most fun with these. Who says you have to stick with the 'usual stuff'. I say think outside of the box, or boxes and just go for it. I make jewelry too so I thought it would be fun to add jewelry findings along with other metals. Remember you can click on any of the photos for a larger/closer view. And I'll warn you now, this is a rather long post, but with lots of pics. Have fun and I appreciate any comments.

Jewelry Mesh, Copper Jump Rings, Embossing Metal

I like this wire-lace stuff. You can find it in some bead stores. It comes in various colors and is actually a tube of woven fine wire so you can pull it into different shapes. And as you can see, you can stitch thru this on the machine as well.  

I was feeling very adventurous and decided to see if I could zig-zag stitch these copper jump rings onto my little quiltlet. I used whatever thread was in my machine so you could actually see it. But you could make it blend more with different thread choices.

Embossing Metal that I stitched to my quilt sample. It was so easy.

 This sample has wood paper (see closeup below), metal sheets that have been cut and stamped and attached in various ways to this little quilt sample, and some chain.

And finally, the last group is jewelry findings.

This little collection of jewelry findings, chain and metal shapes are meant to inspire. Any one of these things could be added to a quilt to enhance the design of the piece. Closeups below.

Click on photo for cloer look.

Whew, hopefully you made it all the way through. I would love to hear what you think so drop a comment if you have a moment. Thanks!


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