Sunday, May 12, 2024

The 100 Day Project: Day 85 update

Happy Mother’s Day and Day 85 of my 100 Day Project 2024.

With only 15 days remaining of the 100 Day Project 2024Paint, Paper, Stitch, I’m posting my progress with some of my favorite watercolor and stitched compositions.

Day 14 composition: slow drawing, background fills.

The Day 14 composition (above) started with the flower shapes drawn with a black waterproof ink marker and a watercolor background fill. Around Day 73, color was added to the flower petals. On Days 74 and 75, the feather stitching was added to the petals. The french knots were added recently on Day 84. This is how these painted compositions generally evolve.

The composition below from Days 30 and 31 used the flat wash technique and is one of the first that included stitching. The stitching with the orange thread gives this composition a focal point.

Days 30 and 31: flat washes and background fills.

The composition for Day 32 is a second composition in painting flat washes with these oval shapes. This composition came to life with the stitching using the backstitch. The variation in thread weight (thickness), thread color, and overlapping the stitched oval shapes gave this composition a lot more interest than the painting by itself..

Day 32 composition: flat washes.

I experimented more with wet-on-dry painting techniques (glazing) on the Day 48 composition. I needed a painted background on which to practice the slow drawing “U” pattern. Wanting to test a new cotton thread from Scanfil, the seed stitch and french knots were added over a period of a few days. Perle cotton and embroidery floss were used for the color stitches. 

This composition has become more intricate and layered. I have not decided whether to add more stitching…

Day 48 composition: wet on wet painting, blooming, slow drawing

The Day 7 composition was a “walk the dog” painting exercise from Willa Wanders’ Watercolor for Relaxation course. It was also an early experiment with running stitches.

Day 7 composition: color mixing, flat wash exercises.

Create Daily Tracker

I continue to use my Create Daily Tracker for documenting a daily practice. During the 100 Day Project, the date square is colored with the sky blue colored pencil. If my daily process consists more heavily on another technique—free-motion quilting, slow stitching, garment sewing, etc.—the block is colored differently. I’ve had a few finishes during the 100 Day Project as well, which is indicated by a color other than sky blue.

Create Daily 2024 Tracker: May 12, 2024.

A snapshot in time of a daily creative process.


Sunday, May 5, 2024

Scrappy kitty quilts, Make Nine 2024 finish #5

Fun and Easy! These two scrappy, kitty quilts for our neighbor’s two cats definitely qualify. This is my fifth Make Nine 2024 finish.

Quilted and trimmed scrappy quilts ready for binding.

I pieced two scrappy quilt tops earlier this year when I was purging and organizing discontinued fabric samples. Then, when my machine was set up for free-motion quilting for the Spellbound quilt, it was easy to sandwich and put these two tops under the needle as well.

The quilt backs are a soft, thick flannel.

Flannel quilt backs.

The binding was attached by machine.

Prepping the binding.

The quilts went to our neighbor, Julie, who has two indoor cats… and who occasionally feeds our outside cats if we are away overnight.

Two scrappy kitty quilts. 23.5” x 26.75” and 22.75” x 27”. 

I’m counting this finish as fulfilling the “Fun and Easy” prompt for Make Nine 2024.

Make Nine 2024 tracker, April 20, 2024.

Five down. Four to go.


Saturday, April 20, 2024

Dashwood Studio "Spellbound" quilt

Coming in June to quilt shops is the Spellbound fabric collection by Nancy Mountain for Dashwood Studio.

Spellbound quilt. Finished size 53" x 60.75"

Spellbound sports all the classic Halloween motifs—black cats, hoot owls, snakes, pumpkins, potions, spiderwebs and skulls—set on dusky blue and black grounds. I was asked to make a quilt to preview this fabric collection for the Quiltex booth at the H&H America trade show later this month.

Black cats and serpentine snakes from Spellbound.

Owls in the moonlight from Spellbound.

Skulls, potions, candles and spiderwebs from Spellbound.

The Spellbound focal fabrics were paired with several Twist blenders [from Dashwood Studio] and a Pin Dot basic (color: candy) from Dutch Heritage. 

The backing fabric is Twist, color: violet.

Twist backing fabric. Color: violet.

The free-motion quilting was a combination of shells, swirls, and occasional bubbles, with a bit of rulerwork zigzags for contrast. A faux piped binding in black and cadet blue was attached for an added detail.

Faux piped binding on Spellbound quilt.

Quilt Stats

  • top threads: 50 wt cotton from Wonderfil Threads, Tutti TU19 and Konfetti KT604
  • bobbin thread: Isacord 40, polyester thread, color: Purple Passion
  • 11 hrs of free-motion quilting and rulerwork; 4-1/2 bobbins
  • faux piped binding
  • completed April 14, 2024
  • finished size: 53" x 61.75"
  • 80%/20% cotton/poly batting
  • 2 hours to make and attach the label.

 The pattern used is Fandango from Villa Rosa Designs.

I used the Fandango pattern from Villa Rosa Designs.

And the label is on the back.

The Spellbound quilt label includes a selvedge from one of the Twist blenders.

Headed to H+H Americas

This quilt is headed to the H+H Americas trade show taking place the first week of May. I've taken Spellbound and Twist scraps to make two fabric baskets using one of my favorite patterns by The Textile Pantry

Fabric baskets featuring Spellbound fabrics.

Make Nine Finish #4

I'm fulfilling one of the Wild Card prompts for Make Nine 2024 with this quilt. It was indeed an unexpected project. My favorite prints from Spellbound are the owls in the moonlight, the floral and pumpkin print, and of course, the black kitties sitting on the spell books.

Make Nine finish #4. Wild Card prompt.

Be looking for the Spellbound fabric line from Dashwood Studio at your local quilt shop and sew up a few quilty Halloween treats for your home.



Sunday, April 14, 2024

Scrappy knit placemats, third Make Nine 2024 finish

Who loves a good stash-buster project? Me, me, me!

I like using up scraps and leftovers—fabric, yarn, orphan socks, old linens, whatever—to make something useful out of materials that would be otherwise disposed. I like the creative problem-solving challenge of taking random pieces, and combining them to create a cohesive whole. These colorful, scrappy placemats fulfill my Make Nine 2024 yarn project prompt.

Scrappy yarn placemats. 14" x 18"

A yarn stash buster

I've included a yarn project in my Make Nine challenge now and again. I get a hankering for knitting or crochet when the weather gets cold at the end of the year... which coincides with setting goals for a new Make Nine. A yarn prompt made it into Make Nine 2024 after being absent in 2023. 

For this prompt, I prefer a simple pattern that is easy to pick up and lay down without the stress of remembering where in a pattern I left off. This project also turned out to be another stash buster.

Using leftover cotton yarn balls. Mixing the colors.

Leftover balls of cotton yarn and a few small balls of unidentifiable, abandoned yarns that were a worsted weight were gathered. Even a couple of knit swatches were frogged so the yarn could be recycled for this project.

Yarn swatches were unravelled and up-cycled for this stash buster. 

The linen stitch, a perfect stitch for colorwork knitting

The linen stitch is my go-to colorwork pattern. It's an easy two-row repeat. It makes a nice, firm fabric with an interesting texture. And it offers lots of opportunity for playing with color as it employs an alternating slip stitch (which causes the color of the previous row to interact with the color of the working row). I use the linen stitch for the majority of my knitted dishcloths, too.

Colorwork with the linen stitch.

The new placements were put to use this past weekend.

Breakfast in th camper on knitted placemats.

Third Make Nine 2024 finish

This is my third finish for Make Nine 2024. This is the 4th month of the year and 6 more makes to go. Making good progress!

Make Nine 2024 tracker. Yarn Project prompt.


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