Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Inspiration Strikes with Flames

I'm wondering if "Inspiration" would be a good name for this dragon. It seems that since I decided to do it, it's just come together. It could also be because it's taking up the entrance hall wall and I want to get it down asap. Of course Roger can't quite understand why I had to draw this thing 3 times in order to get the pattern ready or why I have to sew it more than once (basting, placing and quilting). At least it wasn't expensive -- I went to JoAnn's of all places (please nobody smack me) and was able to get all the material for under $20. It's actually not terrible quality. Because it is for a wall hanging, I'm not overly concerned about durability. It's not like it's going to be going into the wash like a bed quilt would be.

Please disregard the temporary backing fabric -- I just wanted to see how the greens looked against black. I'm considering going for some rich black with silver stars through it for the final background. I'm not sure of the background material yet, just that I want it rich looking. If I *do* use cotton, I know that there will be a good bit of embellishment.

Anyhow, here's the progress and the final pattern (reversed). You can see the final size, that is 3 sheets of refrigerator paper taped together.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Dragon Sighting

Okay, so I've had this dragon pattern for about 3 years now and couldn't figure out what to do with it. It's from the "Great Book of Dragon Patterns". Well, the other day Roger mentioned that he needed some more sound-proofing for the music room -- what else could I do but volunteer to make a wall-hanging? Here's a copy of the first draft of the dragon, it's going to be 40 x 40...I *might* make a border, but I'm not sure yet. I have to see what this center looks like when it's done. I'm considering tracing it onto tulle to give myself a better base and then put the whole dragon onto the background fabric...Right now, I'm dealing with color and breaking this down into smaller pieces...

Anyway, here it is...

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Owls in Flight

Okay, so here are my second round of owls. Hopefully, the USPS won't lose them this time!!!! I like owls, but I've had enough already! On to the witch's hats.
Sorry I haven't been blogging much lately...I'm still too angry at that family member by marriage that I'm actually afraid to write. You know the old saying, if you can't say anything nice...well, I have nothing nice to say.