Friday, September 22, 2017

Bosna #7 Done-a-roo

Bosna #7, quilted! 
Moving right along, I am finishing up the unquilted Bosna tops and ready to start a new one.

Well....ready to put binding on the last three first. I admit that binding is my least favorite part, but alas, it does make the quilt really finished. So I cheat a bit by posting it at this stage.

What has helped me finish up quilting is this new sewing chair which is the correct height and fits my body perfectly. Sigh, at last!

I must tell you that I have recently discovered a new artist (to me) to further inspire the Bosna series.
Richard Paul Lohse, aren't these so delicious?
richard paul lohse - Pesquisa do Googlerichard paul lohse - Pesquisa do Google Richard Paul Lohse  Centre of four squares as result of four crossing rectangles 1952/1971  Oil/canvas, 120 × 120 cm    Richard Paul Lohse Foundation, Z├╝rich

Monday, September 18, 2017

Bosna #3 Done-a-roo

Bosna #3, cotton, machine pieced and machine quilted. 63" square. I am slowly getting the series quilted, and have one top left to quilt, before I continue adding to the series. In my head I am thinking 15 pieces would make a great exhibit. I have 8 so far.
 I particularly like this one, because it accomplishes the subtle color shifts associated with Harold Krisel's work, which I hope to emulate. Secretly, it also gives me a reason to collect blues, teals  and oranges of various shades to incorporate in these works. 
As for my imagined exhibit, I have no venue or invitation, so this is all a fantasy, but these days I am believing in 'if you build it, they will come'.
The sewing room at church has been met with tremendous enthusiasm and I am so thrilled at the response. Hurray!!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Community Sewing Room

 This idea came into my head...why not make a sewing room in the vacant room at church that used to house our knitting group's yarn storage? Tables and chairs were readily available and the room was well lit and air conditioned, and I had extra supplies of everything needed for sewing and quilting. This morning I mounted the big design wall, and tomorrow I will get a batt big enough to cover it (60% off Joann's coupon). In the meantime, I have pinned up a top and some blocks over a piece of white cotton, to simulate the effect. There is a large cutting table and another for pressing, covered slapdash at the moment with a canvas covered blanket, and held fast with bulldog clips. Hey, it works and I will make it look better in coming days. On the small table is cone thread and my entire scrap collection. 
 My good old Panasonic iron, with auto-shut off will get used and behind the pressing table is a wire shelf unit which just needs has been waiting for about 5 years. Maybe now it will happen.

Two of my machines are set up here, and I still have another at home. And on the right wall, a smaller 48" design wall. My sister found this Elna (made in Switzerland!) on the side of the road, I kid you not, and it works just great, so it came along to join the fun.

How have I managed to collect so many rotary cutters, scissors, pins and needles? Also on the table are two mats and oodles of rulers and templates. We already have a good supply of fabric and more is waiting to be hauled upstairs.
This room is on the third floor, no elevator! So it's a good thing we have enough sewing machines to get us started.
Who is the us of which I speak? So far I know of two others in the church who showed a great deal of interest, and I am thinking that once we announce this facility, folks will come out of the woodwork. If you build it, they will come. I hope.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Bosna #8

Bosna #8
Hand dyed and commercial cottons, 57x53" machine pieced and machine quilted.
Lime green, teal, red-orange, yellow and can I make a quilt without these colors? But now I added black, gray and white. O. K. I feel the whoosh of the combo.

Lots of quilting, taking up my days. I am not complaining. It was fun.