Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mosaic Scrap Quilt

How does that pile of scraps keep growing? Am I really doing that many projects or are they secretly multiplying at night after I go to bed. Either way it's annoying to me and at some point I just start sewing them together into little mosaic blocks. At least at that point they are no longer a pile of scraps, they graduate to a pile of quilt blocks. Then I can decide later what to do with the blocks. Last November I posted about this.  Well now I've finally got around to sewing those colorful blocks into larger blocks and then into strips and finally into sections large enough to try and machine quilt. 

Three sections to machine quilt and then join. 

Now all I have to do is make the quilt layers and machine quilt it. 
And I thought it would be awhile before I did that when I started writing this post. 
But then I took a couple days and finished it and didn't bother to stop to take photos. 

I tried two different methods of quilting and joining sections. (Method1, Method2). Both methods worked but both have different drawbacks. Personally, at this point in my experience, I think all machine quilting methods are challenging in some way. No wonder so many people are paying others to do it for them on the professional quilting machines.
For now I'm still trying it out myself. There are a few other methods out there and I haven't yet dared to try free motion quilting.

And now the cat testing commences. 

Looks like I have a 100% cat satisfaction rating.
What else matters?

Thanks for reading. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Lines, lines and more lines

I'm still exploring imaginary topography. 

And now there is color in the imaginary world. 

These random watercolor pieces make a good jumping off point for starting the lines. 

This is before and after adding lines. 

I think I'll do a few more like this. 

These are the next set of papers I plan to topograph. 

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Imaginary Topography

I've been sketching some imaginary topographies. These aren't very big and they don't take very long. If I sit and doodle for a couple minutes this is what I get:

Some inspired by real topography, some not so much.

Just playing with shape and density. 

And different pens and smoothness of line. 

And direction, size, shape and spacing. 

I think I'll do some more of these. Maybe add some color and other stuff. Maybe not.
I'd like to end up with a design for fabric but I'm not there yet.

Thanks for reading.