Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Not Back to Normal Yet

Abnormal may be my new normal.  I just can't believe how long it's been since I can plan how my day is going to go.  Today, though, I was rather selfish and didn't do much except sew, so that is unusual.  I finally finished my 21st Century Atomic Art piece.  I even photographed it in an artsy way.  

Wilbur and Cosmo wanted to get in on the action, too.  Because the air is so full of moisture, there is a haze that I didn't know how to deal with, so I left it in. I don't mind it, really - I'm quite grateful for all the rain - the grass is green and today the temperature didn't get above 75.  On June 1st!  Wow, unheard of in these parts.   

I decided to make my life more difficult and piece the binding to match the colors in each square.  It was a challenge, but I'm so glad I did it because I think it really makes the piece look special.  



I even did the flanged binding thing for extra effect.



Quilting was, as usual, a challenge.  I decided to quilt little different "atoms" in the center panels of the piece, then treat each large atom differently.  

I did tone on tone quilting so it's not that visible.  Boy but the little bits of thread that need to be cut off sure are!  They are far from perfect, but kind of cute little buggers, aren't they/  


I used my Frixion pen to draw the atoms, based on atomic art I looked up online.  Someone told me they can be problematic, but the really helped with this project.  And the ink disappeared just like it was supposed to when it got ironed.  However, my friend Diane told me not to put the piece in the freezer, because she heard that supposedly the ink would reappear.  As if I would ever entertain the notion of putting a quilt in the freezer!  Sometimes I think people have too much time on their hands...

I have three other quilt tops completed, so instead of doing what I really want to do, which is continue to start new pieces, I'm going to work on getting the quilting load down a bit.  Otherwise it will just get too far ahead of me and some pieces will languish on the shelves, serving no purpose.  Can't have that!  

I'm still working on my leftovers piece, too.  But I've lost a bit of steam on it because I need to make more HST's and flying geese before I can continue.  I was just using up leftovers, but it needs more so now I actually have to do some cutting, which I don't really feel like doing at the moment.   I'll get to it later I'm sure.



I do think it's going to be a cool piece someday  - when it grows...out. I'm pretty nuts about the colors.  I think I need to enlarge that lower left chartreuse piece.  I'm so diggin' on that color in there!  May have to add a circular type piece here or there, too.  Might just be getting to square-ish for me.  We'll see. I know I need to move some pieces around, too.  Can't have too many "like" pieces next to each other.  Feel free to make suggestions.

Sorry again for being such a flaky blogger.  I. am. just. so. busy.  It's good to have stuff to do.  But I MISS art.  Hopefully I'll still have some creative mojo when/if things slow down a little.  But even if I don't, there's always WIP Wednesdays to jump start it.  See ya there.