Wednesday, October 20, 2010

busy, busy bee

i have been busy.  for some reason i have been making clothes.  just because i quilt people think that i can make clothes.  if you need a buttonhold or a zipper put in you are out of luck.  a friend came by and wanted me to paint a design on a outfit of hers because she felt that it was to plan looking.  i gave her the paint and showed her how to do it.  i was not going to mess up her outfit.   it was a mess, but lucky enough we were about to wash it out.  in the meantime she decided to buy some small pieces that i had hanging on the wall to sew on the back of her jacket.  after we got her jacket looking good, i was like why didn't i think of doing that.  the next day i was using some ugly fabric that i brought from a ugly fabric auction that wasn't cotton am made me a outfit using black fabric and mudcloth.  i plan to add some shells onto the outfit.  the outfit is to big and it will be taken in some.  i didn't use a pattern.  i also made a pleated skirt from the jello roll strips.  the pattern was from a quilt show that i went to.   i was scared to death of making it, i am not good at following pattern direction. it came out pretty nice.

now as far as the quilting goes, i had made a comment on a quilting site that i was bored and didn't have anything to quilt.  you know what happen, friends ask me to make them a portrait quilt.  now i have three pieces that need to be completed by november. and racheal clark, a quilter from California also asked me to make some portraits of her grandchildren.  i don't do commission quilts.  but this time i am making these because i am bored.  i don't like for people to wait for me to finish something.  if i am in the mood to make something i will, but if i am not in the mood it is know telling when a person will get something from me.
i have been trying to do the portraits with the different colors and i have been having problems with the skin tone.  i didn't like the pieces that i made.  i am still working on that.

so here is a portrait of a friend's mother, for her mother's birthday that is next month. my friend tried to make it herself and couldn't make.  when she comes into town i am going to take time to show her how to make these.
i have not quilted it yet but i will be finish by november.

stitches for now



Carol said...

Hey, I want to see the clothes, especially the pleated skirt. Remember you took a pledge to share. I'm waiting.
All of your picture quilts look good to me. I saw a technique that does not require software in "Quilting Arts Magazine". Think I'm going to try that.

Dee J. said...

Okay, Yetunde, we seem to share so many similar thoughts and practices. i am amazed when I read your blog because it sounds a lot like me thinking or saying some of the same things. For instance, your comments on doing commissions. I took a commission last year to do a wedding (then couple was engaged) portrait and I've had the hardest time getting going on it. I just don't feel ready yet. the Mother of the groom commissioned it and she is very patient with me, understanding somehow that the portrait is not yet ready to come into being.