Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Quick Project

LMW will be 8 months old on the 4th of January. Where does the time go? I find myself agonizing over his progress, because I want him to stay a baby. He's just growing up too too fast. But, each little thing he learns and adds to his activity is exciting to watch. 

In honor of his next monthly birthday, here is the latest number shirt. He even watched me sew it. (while sitting in his walker, pulling out drawers in the dresser)

It was a rush job, as I have another very involved project going, but it turned out ok.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Bird Canvases

Now that Christmas is over, I can also post the canvas project I finished a while back. It was a gift for LeLe, so I had to wait until after Christmas to share.

These two canvases were inspired by this fabric.

The process went something like this....

Using simple acrylic craft paint, I first coated the two canvases with a combination of yellow and white. I wanted a streaked effect so I started with yellow, then while it was still wet, added some white to the brush and wiped it up and down on the yellow. A sponge brush works best for this.

 Next I sketched out the design using a watercolor pencil. This makes it extremely easy to "undo" a line or mark, and the paint dissolves into the acrylic paint, and doesn't show in the finished painting.  I normally sketch by hand, and not by tracing or using a template and that makes it my least favorite, but most important part of the process.

 I placed the canvases side by side, to make sure I was continuing the sketch in the correct place on both sides. Then began filling in with the first layer of color.

Adding the next layer of color, I again made sure the design carried over to the second canvas in the correct place, and was the correct size to look as though it was the same branch.

 The final layer was added, and was made a bit darker than the design on the fabric as requested by LeLe.

I enjoyed painting these canvases, and already have an idea in my head for another one when I can find a bit of time to actually create it.

The Reveal

Since all gifts have been opened, I can finally show you the quilt I made for LMW. It's been hard not to post it, but I wanted it to be a surprise for LeLe. And it was... :P

I found coloring pages on the web, and used those as templates for the objects in the squares. I wanted to do something a little more elaborate, but decided on something a little simpler for now. In the future, I may take my time and do something more upscale, but for now, I'm happy with it.

The backing is a simple print that I thought worked well with the green binding. The binding is the same fabric as the sashing, because I wanted more green than it eventually wound up with.

I did straight line quilting on the machine, and went around the pictures with embroidery floss by hand. I hope he will enjoy it, and remember his Nanna in the years ahead, when he looks at it. It was a true labor of love, one I enjoyed every second of.

Merry Christmas Little Man Win.

P.S. LMW and parents....getting their quilt on.....

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Small Christmas Post

It's not a picture in a magazine by any stretch of the imagination, but it will do. I wanted all that neat stuff you stick in the top and the wide ribbon to go around it, but the money was better spend on presents I'm pleased with the ornaments I made, and the tree is small anyway, so all that designer stuff might wear it down.

You know, if it wasn't for the Christmas shops, and HGTV, I'd probably be really happy with this tree. Compared to what I've done in years past, it looks pretty good.