Sunday, February 24, 2008

A Good Weekend

We had a nice weekend for a change. Two days of sunshine! And I managed to finish off a few more projects. The work table is looking good and I'm ready for some new ideas.

First I'll show you the finished book doll. I showed just her face the other day. This is what we worked on for this month's doll club meeting. It is a pattern by Elise Peeples, but of course we each do our own thing, although I think Elise would actually recognize her pattern from this one. Doesn't always happen that way! I had to decide if I was going to put something in the book or leave it blank for capturing future thoughts. Going through some photos from last year, I thought this would be a good place to put reminders of our doll club activities. So that's what I did. She's quite colorful, isn't she?

Another project was taken from the book "Beautiful Quiltagami" by Mary Jo Hiney. As I've mentioned before, one of this year's goals is to actually use the wonderful ideas in some of these books. I have had this one for a couple of years, but don't remember actually ever reading it! And while I was working on it I decided to use this month's Take It Further colors - which gives me TWO challenge pieces done this month. Of course, with the photo of my piece next to SharonB's color chart they don't look very close, do they? I promise I DID try to match the colors. I used the hex code for each color and looked it up on a DMC floss conversion chart. Then I matched fabric to the floss. Really!

Well, that's not all. I have also started stitching on my Sumptuous Surfaces color lessons piece. Had a bit of a struggle deciding how to represent my chosen design. It's part of a photo by Robert Creamer called "Fairchild Jade 2005" which was featured in a Smithsonian magazine last spring. But once I realized that I am not trying to copy this piece, but am using it as an inspiration only, things started coming together more easily. Will have to see if I can keep the momentum going!

So, this has been a really productive month for me. I don't expect it to last, but it's been fun so far. One plus to living in the country and having a very cold winter is there is not much going on to distract me from my workroom. Spring is coming, though. Oh I HOPE so!


JANE said...

I am envious of all you've gotten accomplished lately. Great thinking to get 2 projects in 1 LOL. I really enjoyed looking at your blog!!!!

La Manosa said...

I love your quilt block for the TIF challenge. I've not heard of this type of fabric folding (still new to quilting) but I think it looks really interesting.

Congrats on your finish!

Kirsten said...

Wow, a doll book!
I've never seen something like this.
It's beautiful!!