Tuesday, June 21, 2011
"On The Banks of a Stream"
Yes, I've neglected my blog posts. I just hate it, but as I've so often stated....I just run completely out of time some days....or should I say weeks. Sorry to have let you down. Like everyone else these days....24 hours in a day just isn't enough it seems...and there are so many things a person HAS to do, let alone, wants to do. Anyway, I have missed you and always feel so guilty when too much time goes by between posts. I hope you are all well 'out there' and have had some time to enjoy the summer. Yeah, I hear you...you've been busy too!
I wanted to show you the latest project I have finished. Another of those painted and embroidered pieces of painted quilt batting 'appliqued' by embroidery stitches to a painted canvas. I've had several people ask me 'why?' I suppose it seems very strange to paint quilt batting, not to even mention sewing that batting to a painted canvas, but, as I like to say, "WHY NOT?" It is fun. Making these pieces involves quite a bit of time and I expect not everyone wants to spend much time on something like this. As always, I don't seem to mind how much time something takes if I want to make it. Go figure. We all have our 'quirks,' don't we?
I'm going to take a little break from making these, as there is lots for me to do to get ready for the guild retreat in September. LOTS to do! I'll be showing you some of what I'm doing for it as time goes by, and also some things having nothing to do with much of anything...just what comes into my little head. Well, it IS summer, isn't it? I've got some pretty nifty flower photos I'd like to show you...amongst other things.
So, enjoy this look at my latest work. I received an email from a friend of my sister in Texas the other day. She was interested in the piece I recently showed you...."That One Flower" (posted on June 4th). I had to tell her it was SOLD. As you know, I make one of a kind pieces, so there won't be another just like it. That's just the way I operate. Sometimes I feel bad about that, but have no desire to repeat a piece. As I told her....if you have an interest in something I've made, do not hesitate to ask me about it. No strings attached.
This piece is called "On the Banks of a Stream." I actually painted and embroidered the quilt batting for this piece long before the first one you saw....just saved it a longer time before I completed the project. A friend and her husband came to visit Second Saturday Studio on our last opening. They purchased the "One Flower" piece. And, then, much to my surprise, asked about "Spring Flowers"- a project I posted on May 28th. We talked again last week and she asked if they could also purchase both of the quilt batting pieces. I was just thrilled. So, there you are....all three of my last pieces have found a nice new home. I'm so pleased. Thank you so much....cute little family....you know who you are!!!! (I took the two batting pieces for show and tell at my monthly group meeting. One of my friends asked why I had added the text to the piece...you know, I couldn't give a good reason except to say 'because I just wanted to.' Do we really need a better reason??)
I did say I'd do a little 'tutorial' on this technique sometime after September....I've not forgotten. Meantime, I hope you enjoyed this post....and that you are having a very nice summer. See you in a few days for something 'completely different.' Take care out there, pat
PS. I can't seem to get my photos posted in correct order...hopefully, that will be remedied soon.