Thursday, October 24, 2013

A New Beginning

I've been AWOL for the past couple of weeks. Been on the road again. Right before I left I began working on a new confetti piece. This photo shows the first days work. Mind you I already had a lot of these little pieces of fabric already cut out.

A bit more added. I work on these pieces on top of my cutting table. I'm used to working on the design wall and it's hard for me to see how the design is progressing. 

I finally covered all the space and felt that the piece was complete. In order to move the top to the design wall I pressed the pieces with a hot iron. You can see in the photo above that I had adhered Misty Fuse to the top of the fabric. This enabled me to attach a lot of the small confetti pieces before adding the tulle.

There are always pieces that do not touch the fuse so those are caught by the tulle. I then heavily pinned the tulle to the backing, batting and top fabric.

Now I can stand back and look at the piece. I'm not happy here and can't quite decide what the problem is. So I decide to take a breather and wait until the next day to come back and look with new eyes.

 New eyes told me that the bottom right flowers was not pleasing. It looked too much like a blob instead of a combination of colors that the other two share. So I fixed that, I'm happier but there is still something.

You know the rule of threes, right. Well those two little flowers at the bottom just needed another tone to make it complete. Remember here is more to come.

Now it's time for quilting the top.

Today I had time to place the butterflies that I've been working on as I travel. They aren't thread painted yet but that shouldn't take long. Then I will attach them to the quilted top then face the piece and another one is finished.

October has been almost non existent in my studio and I've really missed working. September was very productive for me and I feel that I'm on a roll, however, I'm leaving again on Tuesday.

Houston here I come. Even if I weren't on a roll, going to this fabulous show would surely get me moving. I hope you will follow me on face book  at during the Houston Festival. I won't have my computer but plan to post often on my Face Book page using my Ipad. 

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  1. Have a wonderful time in Houston, Marilyn. Say hi to my SAQA auction piece which will be on display there. :)

    Your flower piece is turning out wonderfully. I love the idea of adding butterflies. I am about to start playing with creating a few to add to a piece of mine....

    Enjoy Houston!

    1. Thanks Judy. I will be sure to check out the auction piece. Have fun with the butterflies.

  2. Marilyn, I'll be at Houston too. Are you coming to the Friday night get together"
    LeeAnna Paylor

  3. Very nice work. Have a great time in Houston. Last year was the only time I went and it was an awesome experience for me.

    1. This will be my third time and I am so looking forward to this trip. It is an awesome experience.

  4. It was nice to see the progression as your worked on this piece, the butterflies really made a great focal point, and gave it all perspective and depth, love it! Amy from Oregon