Monday, May 25, 2009

thread painting

this is what i am working on right now. since january, i had decided that i would do journal quilt pieces for a year and that they would all be thread painting pieces. i want to see how much of a progress i can do by the end of the year. this piece is coming out pretty good, it will be finish in a couple of days. for the last couple of months i have been working on a couple of pieces. take a look at what i have been doing.

i hope i can get better.



Sunday, May 17, 2009

sell or no sell

this is a piece that i showed at the retreat and someone wants to buy it from me. the problem is that i really like this piece. this piece i truly believe that i would put in a show if i had the chance to do. the person really want to buy if from me. she said that she told her husband about the piece and how she wanted to buy it from me. i told her that i am still trying to decide because if i sell it to her and then later want to put it in a show, she might not give it to me to put in a show. that is one thing about selling a piece to someone when you might want to show that piece later in a show. how do you go about doing this, and what if a show last for six month to a year. how are we suppose to work this out. their is a lot i have to think about. and what if i tell her that i want to sell it to her in late 2010, would she be willing to wait that long. and then again i can tell her that i am not ready to sell it yet, but she will be the first person i look for when i am ready to sell it. i really have to think about this. when this piece was hang up at the retreat everyone was asking who made this piece. i must say it did look. i never actually looked at the piece untill someone said something.

this piece was done all by hand. hand quilted and hand embellished i did a little pencil shading in some area's. the fabric was hand dye and i love it. i brought it at a show. i want some more of this fabric. i have tried dying fabric and my fabric never looked like this. grace if you are reading this, i have your piece of dye fabric that i won from your blog in this quilt. check out her blog people. (BARNYARD CHATTER) reading her blog and reading blackthreads convence me to try blogging. i was always afraid to try doing things on the computer. still kind of new at it, but it is getting easier. if you want to blog just do it.



Monday, May 4, 2009

the retreat was a success

the reason i was not posting anything was because i was trying to complete everything before the retreat and not tell you that i was one of the instructor for the retreat. i taught the thread play class, it went well and i was scared sh@tless.
the classes that i took, i kept messing up. i was doing everything wrong. in the picture piecing class i had to color code a floral picture to correspond with my fabric and i was coloring the picture and color coding with the color of the pencils and not the fabric. and their were a lot of tiny pieces. i had to start all over. in the needlepoint class, i was stitching the word love and the L was in the right place the O was up to high, the V was to low and looked like a U and the E, i don't know if it was trying to be a E or a fancy C. i should have wrote the word on the fabric and not try to do it free hand. i gave up and decided to to work on an unfinished vest that i found while i was looking for ugly fabric to auction off at the retreat. i kept changing color threads to top stitch the vest, so i just put that to the side. but after i did my class, i was able to come back and correct some of the things that i had done wrong in the other classes that i had taken.
my class went very well. there were a couple of people who were more advance than others and then their were some that i had to go slow with. my brake down of how to show the class how to do something, i was told i did very well explaining. there was one student who took my handout and follow the instruction by herself without waiting and only asked me one question. she completed the practice sheet in less than a hour and the class was four hours. she didn't do the final project, but she asked if she could leave because she had something else to do and she said that she has the basic and that if she had any problems she could ask me later. she said the class was great. by her completing the handout it showed that the handout was easy to understand. which i was afraid that someone might not understand what i was trying to explain. so i am glad about that because other students stated the same thing to me.
also at the retreat we showed our story quilt that we had a year to work on. i did two story quilts. one was about slavery and the other story quilt was about my childhood. all of the story quilts were great. some of the story's were very personal, some sad, some happy, some about people they admire, and some political. one of the story quilt was a jacket.

here are some pictures of the two story quilts that i did.

i will come back later to tell you more about the retreat and what i have been working on.