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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Rectangles

November's Fast Friday Fabric Challenge is almost done. I am embarrassed a little by these pictures....as well as the fact that I didn't get these completely finished. The challenge was to use one shape. You could use any colors or technique, but you needed to pay attention to rhythm, balance and the other facets of design.

I did something completely out of the ordinary for me....I don't usually just do random sort of hunks...and these rectangles fit that. They are cut from quilter's lame, and polyester "silk" and layered, sometimes under, sometimes over a gold organdy florist's ribbon. The base fabric is 100% silk. I zigzagged them down to give extra texture. The whole piece measure 29" wide by 26 1/2" tall.
I then wondered what beads would look like...and I layed these over the top. Hmmm. I also decided it would be prudent to quilt a sample before I settled on the quilting pattern for the large one. So, I made this little 13" x 12" sample. I quilted it...and still was thinking about beads, so I decided to start stitching beads. Now mind you, I took a beading class with Mary Stori in Bloomington, Indiana a couple of years ago, but for the most part, I don't bead. How long could beading take?

Right.

I like the beads on this little piece, but I'm not sure I want to do that with the larger one. I've been working on it while I'm in the treatment room and then again today while I was in the oncologist's office waiting for him to come in.

I kept on thinking "Oh boy, I hope I don't drop these beads. Then, I dropped the little tray full of beads. Just then, he came in. You know you have a good guy for an oncologist when he helped me pick up all the beads. Both of us were scurrying around on the ground. He asked me where I got the beads because as it turns out, one of his hobbies is tying flies.

Anyway, I hope to put these back when they are done. I'm just really fatigued and thought I had better get them up before the next challenge comes by.

5 comments:

acarolegrant said...

Lisa.. bless your heart! Trying to get this done.. and in the middle of your treatment, too.
I know that art is therapeutic and you are a trooper and an inspiration to us all. I really like what you have hapening here... and I am especially liking the middle one.
I certainly wish you the best with this treatment... and soon more energy.
Hugs,

Sherrie Spangler said...

I agree with Carole -- you are truly an inspiration to be doing all of this while going through chemo. These quilts, especially the last photo, radiate warmth like a blazing winter solstice fire. Keep warm!

Laura Krasinski said...

This looks really neat.. love the colors..

Michigoose said...

Thanks, guys. I don't mean to whine, but this has really thrown me for a loop! I'm also almost done with the "metallic" FFFC one....really only a little more to go. I am determined to go back and finish or complete all the ones I've missed in this last year. I am amazed at how quickly the year has gone, but I am sure as heck pleased to kick it in the keister out the door. I think it is interesting how for the last two times breaking bones has been a forecursor of cancer.

Thanks, Laura. These shots don't do the colors justice, although the first and the last shots are closer to "real". The silk is really a warm, vibrant cherry red and the gold just glows on it, even the organdy parts.

Pam Geisel - For Quilts Sake said...

What a great concept for a challenge...I love what you've done!