Tuesday, November 19, 2019

North Bayou Des Glaises ~~ finished!

I finally have a finish that I can show you. This is a small hand quilted art piece that I started weeks ago. I should have finished last week, as planned, but bipolar depression can get in the way of lots of should haves. Anyway, it's finished now and I love it.

It is Bayou Des Glaises at Bordino Crossing. Bordino Crossing is the bridge that is closest to my late grandmother's old home place. She died in 1991 and I still think of her and miss her. I'd worked on another piece with a part of this green-brownish water and loved the outcome. For this one I decided to focus on the water. 

Bayou water is slow moving and carries lots of sediment, which makes it muddy brown. All summer long algae, water lilies, and small shrubby trees tend to cover the top of the water so that there's much more green than brown at this time of year. 

If you really look into the bayou, you might see every shade of green and some shades of brown, red-browns, and khaki browns. Much of the colors depend on the soil, the green growth, and (honestly) whatever rot there may be. 

To capture the movement of the water, I used big stitches that sort of sway but not much. The water can move so slowly that you can tell only if debris happens to be floating by. And where lily pads cover the surface, movement is barely perceptible. 

I like to finish these little quilts by mounting them on gallery frames that Richard makes for me. I square up the edges and zip them through the serger. Stretching them on the frame takes patience because this is quilted fabric, not canvas.

As with regular quilts, mitered corners are especially nice, but even more difficult. The folds create an extra thick layer on the back and staples are not cooperative. I've been considering going back and stitching the corners on the side edges to see if I can sharpen them just a little. What do you think about using monofilament thread? I really dislike using it, but will reconsider if it will make enough difference to warrant the fight. If you use this thread, would you mind recommending your favorite brand? I'd be ever so grateful.

Quilt Stats

Bayou Des Glaises at Bordino Crossing

7" X 9"

various green fabrics from stash

art quilt of my design

reclaimed green fabric from stash

100% Cotton

none, framed

hand-quilted using big stitches

November 2019

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Houston 2

Friday, November 15, 2019

Baton Rouge MQG November meeting

I am still playing catch-up for last week. The BRMQG had its November meeting with several show and share ideas. Also, a treat for me, the president brought in a guest from Germany. Bridget and Marquita met in an airport. One had a quilt sticker on her luggage and the other saw it. Of course, they struck up a conversation.
Yvonne's take on a women
in history challenge
 Bridget decided to attend the Houston Quilt Fest and contacted Marquita (they've kept in touch) and the two decided to make a road trip. One from overseas, the other from Louisiana. Awesome, right? 

Also, Marquita has a long-arm and invited Bridget to spend a few extra days at her house and quilt some of her tops. Bridget obliged and came to our modern meeting. 

Sharon's butterfly quilt, made for a friend
Isn't this a great story? I love that quilters are so caring and giving. 
Anyway, the story spoke right to me. You know I approached Bridget after the meeting. She showed me some photos of her work and we "chatted." Another five minutes and I'd have asked her to send them to me so I could share them with you. (I'm perhaps a little bold.) 

The top that Bridget completed while
in BR...or maybe Marquita's

Bridget's sampler quilt
 But I didn't have those five minutes and there was a bit of a language barrier. Bridget speaks English with an accent, but I hear with a country girl, Cajun ear. We made it work, but we struggled. And laughed. Besides I was trying to see as much of her work as the few minutes allowed. I didn't get to the request. There I was, flipping pictures on her phone, asking way too many questions, and then asking her to repeat it. Because, you know, I'm a nut. Do you think she left thinking she was lucky to get away from a fanatical, raving lunatic? (No, really. I read the paragraph. I think I'd be scared of me.)

Lori's most recent finish
Lori's block for a new quilt

Wouldn't you have loved to be there? Even knowing there was a lunatic in the house? 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Pin It Weekly #297

It's been a minute since we've met new followers. Here's Salma Shehada and her board on rugs and rug making.

A&Co CamelliaAlfombra de esparto - ECOdECO Mobiliario

nuLOOM Alexa Eco Natural Fiber Braided Reversible Circles Jute Area Rug (6' x 9') (Natural), Size 6' x 9'

These pins are from Amber Rush Moore's Quilts of Valor--a nod to this week's Veteran's Day. Thanks Amber!

 AOL Mail

Amber's Quilts of Valor board impressed me. And just like that there's another section on "heart, quilts." For now it's the first one, but my OCD librarian tendencies will move it into ABC-order, so don't be surprised.
Quilt Show | Gems of the Prarie Quilt Guild

Road to Oklahoma - Free Quilting Pattern | Beautiful Skills - Crochet Knitting Quilting | Bloglovin’Every quilt has a story – but some you can sum up in a sentence and others are a little more complicated… Celebration Cake is one of those quilts whose story is a little more complicate…

Starry Path Quilt Kit - 84 x 84

These last ones come from Leesa Stroman. I love her color studies board. 

shades of green / blue / teal / aqua / mint / white / colour / ombre / rainbow / textilesBerry Bash begins with a lilac purple and changes to a deep berry-plum.

Teal Tide colour inspiration for Mamas and Papas #armadilloflip baby stroller and pram from newborn.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Ouch! and the Arts Festival

A front porch with the funniest table and chairs.
Did I tell you about the foot accident? Ah yes, I did here.  In a nutshell: Milly accidentally pushed a hitch out of the truck. Onto my foot. Right on the bone that goes to the big toe. A metatarsal, I'm told. I find out, for sure, whether it's broken on Wednesday.

Today  I'll see a doctor to find out why this shoulder hurts so much. The last time I saw him, he gave me a shot right in the joint. Ouch! It has not helped. I'd take another shot though, if there's a chance it will help. The shot is painful (oh so) but that pain ends in a few seconds. This pain is constant. How's that for attitude?

My weekend was great, though and I'll focus on that instead. I went to the Contemporary Fiber Artists of Louisiana (CFAL) meeting on Sunday. No pictures...I felt that as a guest that would be overstepping. 
Then my little group went to lunch, followed by the Covington Arts Festival downtown. That was great fun. First a delicious Fat Spoon Restaurant salad. Then all manner of inspiration and visual delights at the festival. These pictures are from the festival.

We were a little pressed for time, so we strolled down maybe four or five blocks, each one lined on both sides of the street with vendors, and at sidewalk level were the permanent boutique shops and stores. There were also a few live musicians scattered about and occasional live DIY displays. 

The day could not have been more beautiful: bright sunshine and cool weather. Perfect. 

These are just a few of my favorites. Some artists requested that photos not be taken, others had "No Photography" signs, and some encouraged photos. Where there were no signs, I asked. Now I wish I'd also asked for business cards.

All in all, it was well worth the trip. I'll add it to our calendar to return next year.