and so I'll be linking up to show my embroidery and my quilt binding. First the embroidery. The Hocuspocusville block is about half finished now. I moved my hoop yesterday, and here's where it stands.
It's hooped up again and ready to continue on now.
I'll be setting it aside for a few days, however, because I'm working on Block #45 for the Live, Love, Teach quilt. The next block is Rachel's block.
The bus and details are fusible applique, and then the details were stitched in by machine. The rest will be hand embroidered. I think I might take some yellow crayon and highlight the headlight like it was done in the original submission. Anyway...I got started on that this morning. It will probably take a couple more sittings to finish all of it.
Also, I made the March block for
When I first saw the block for the month, I gasped, thinking it was paper-piecing. And you all know how I love to whine about being forced to do paper-piecing. It's not. It's pieced in the good old fashioned way.
Then, finally, I decided it was time to quilt Samson. This is the "make and take" project I made when I took June Jaeger's class at the Northwest Quilting Expo. It's the class that put me onto making pet portraits. It was sandwiched and ready to go, but then I realized I hadn't stitched in any whiskers, or eyebrows, or ear fur. Well. A cat can't live without all of that, and so I finished off those little touches and then did a little quilting on it.
It's a small piece at 11 x 14 inches, and so it was only about half an hour before I was ready to sew on the binding. That's a binding scrap left over from another project. Using scraps is good. To my way of thrifty thinking, using scrap bindings is better than ever...probably because I have a whole bag full of them.
By day's end, I'd also hand-stitched the binding, and Samson's long wait for finishing is over.
Only when I took this picture, I realized I'd forgotten to give him ear fur in his ear there to the left. Sorry Samson. I'll fix that today.
Looking at this, I realize it's much more primitive and less detailed than the pawtraits I've made since then. Nevertheless, it was a good class, and I learned a lot about creating quilts from photographs and about how to make the eyes look realistic. I'm kind of teaching myself how to do this and building on the concepts I learned from June Jaeger. Please bear with me while I think out loud in print.
With these pet portraits, I've come to the conclusion that it's really all in the eyes. For one thing, you need a good photograph in which the pet is looking directly into the lens. I held Maggie's favorite toy next to the lens to encourage her to look where I wanted her to.
In so doing, you can create a pawtrait in which the pet appears to look directly at the viewer from the fabric. Can we agree on that much?
Also, I've realized that the rich and varied colors of batiks give the eyes the variation in color that they need to most closely resemble the actual iris.
So, now I'm getting myself geared up to top-stitch and quilt this, and I'll probably work on that next. Today, however, we have a wine shipment to pick up at one of the local wineries. As we discussed it this morning, we decided it was a good excuse for a lunch date. The weather is crappy and rainy, and so there won't be much more going on.