Friday, May 20, 2011

Sewing, printing and a flower

DH is still gone!!! I think I have spent more time alone in South Africa than I  have with my husband…. Good thing I stay busy… or I would be really bored by now. He thinks he may be home in 2 weeks… but I’m not holding my breath.
Karen, who blogs here said I must show the results of the Gelatin Printing we did twogel-printing weeks ago…. so here is what I did. It was an experiment, because none of us had ever done it before… but I think I want to do it again. We used Setacolor inks …. and some fabric paints… (which I think I would thin… next time). The resists were some die cuts from paper.
This one was my favorite of them and of course the last one. You can’t see it, but there is gold ghost images, as the last layer.
Linda, one of the ladies from the American Quilting group that started a project by hand was becoming discouraged by how long it was going to take… so I invited her to come over and use the sewing machine…. Well once it got going there was not stopping her…. and it is done! It is a biscuit quilt, and instead of making a quilt, we made a bed scarf. It turned out great, don’t you think. She calls ithubbly-bubbly
“The Hubbly Bubbly” quilt!
I have been working diligently on my UFO Challenge projects, and alas… again I will not have the number drawn for May completed by the end of the month. As usual, it is for the same reason. Waiting on the mail for additional materials… in this case it is material. I ordered some of the Purple Katmandu… so I could complete the next border.
This is what I started with.PR-RR-orig
I was totally uninspired. I did not like certain aspects of the additions by some of the Round Robin Group, but I really liked my center! I normally wouldn’t remove another's work, but it is my quilt and I really liked my center!!! So I spent last weekend rearranging and adding parts, and I really think I am beginning to like it. The chalk lines are from when I was trying to figure out how I was going to quilt it… when I decided to take it apart.  IPR-RR-5-20-11 couldn’t see putting all the time into quilting it if I wouldn’t like the quilt when it was done…. I may still quilt it with some straight lines…. but maybe not… we’ll wait and see what it says when I get it all back together… in about 10 days.
I have also been putting the binding on the April UFO and will have pictures soon. I am considering additional quilting… on it too, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
poinsettia-treeLast thing… a picture of the poinsettia tree. It is in the neighbors yard… on the other side of a 10 foot wall, so this odd angled photograph is the best I will ever be able to do.

Oh, and if you were curious. Grand Baby Hunter arrived on Mothers Day, at 6:30 pm, 7 lbs 10 oz,; 20 inches long.

As Always …. More Later-


  1. I think I've said this before - you are a better woman than I am being patient while your husband is gone. Mine is in FL this week, and I am fine and busy (too busy, too tired with the end of school), but I dislike his travel. He was gone for more than half the time for several years, and I'm "over" that! You are one strong soul. I like your friend's bed scarf - very different.

  2. Congrats Gran!:-)
    I love the bed scarf, I might try it one day. The centre of that quilt is gorgeous and I much prefer how you have rearranged it, the centre really stands out now.

  3. I love the center on the RR quilt also -- I think the parts you kept look good together.

    That "Hubbly Bubbly" quilt is cool -- LOVE the name!

    We had a poinsettia bush in the backyard when I was a kid -- I remember the white sap that came out when you pulled off a stem.

    Congrats on the new grand!

  4. I forgot to mention -- love the gelatin prints!

  5. I think it's fantastic that you're able to keep yourself busy while your DH is traveling. The poinsettia is absolutely bee-u-ti-ful! Congratulations on the grand baby!


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