Sam, take care of yourself.
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Jen C & C's always welcome
Hi all, Sierra Nevada Mtns. abstract pastel 9x7
Blue Ridge Mountains Art Center
Southern Appalachian Artists Guild
SAM, my thoughts a prayers are with you, I think of you everyday.... I know the meds they gave me years ago just tore my psyche to shreds. Try not to worry about anything, concentrate on getting well. It appears the Doctor has made a good decision. just make sure you are not alone at any time. Read, stay away from the TV, drink some wine and let jay wait on you..... but keep popping in to say hi when you feel the moment.... so we don't worry. WE WANT YOU WELL!!!
Pastel Teachers' hands are usually chalk-full. (by Marsha Ross)
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NEALY, thank you for the explaination. I really enjoyed reading it. I understood everything you said, I am amazed at the reverse applique, what a great job. I was able to do some small free quilting as I said I had a great see throught foot that let me see exactly where I was, but that childs quilt was a full one and what a headache to try moving it around. I should have done a smaller piece , Good ole Kenmore's.... I had one of those and gave it to my daughter when she first started. My mother sewed on a foot throttle. I never wore anything store bought. I made most of my girls clothes until they started into their teens.... they started getting bullied .... so I sadly just kept it to Easter and Christmas clothes. but the doll clothes were a ton a fun for the Grandkids including little bedding outfits. sadly now they have all grown up and packed away the dolls. I'M THE ONLY child left in the family.
SORRY FOLKS for the sew chatter, It just sparked a really good memory.....
Fred: again, great colors with your Sierra Paintings, they are filled with lakes, natural and Water retention reservoirs. you captured the upper lakes region.
Fred ~ Your latest pastel of the Sierra Mts. has such beautiful coloring. I wish I was there right now, away from it all. Please, someone cut the life wire to our TV!! (My hubbs doesn't agree....)
Marsha ~ I have much of the same sewing history as you! My mom was a wonderful seamstress; lined dresses, suit jackets and such. So I grew up sewing - my own clothes, then my children's until they refused to wear "home made" anymore. I know how that goes. I sewed the cutest pair of denim overalls for my grandson but NEVER saw him wear them, so that was it for me.. They get simple, washer- and dryer-compatible quilts, that's it! Enough for my sewing chatter!!! Sorry folks
Comments and critiques are welcome.
Wow such great work as always. I have been away to long to catch up.
Sam I was so sorry to hear of the health problems you are having. My thoughts are with you. It sounds like you are in good hands and I wish you well.
Nealy and Marsha your quilts are fantastic. I wish I had the time I may get the peices I have started back out and try to work a quilt I was hand stitching. I came across this picture of one of the quilts I did so thought I'd share since I haven't finished any paintings this month.
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Jen love your sewing story, I can relate . I have seen the hand crank Singers but never used them, I did try my mothers foot peddle Singer and boy does it take a lot of hand eye foot mental coordination.
Karen, welcome back, that is a very pretty quitl as well. lovely colors, are the kites appliqued on?
Nealey, I can see where zentangle is applied to quilting. drawing it all on then sewing it instead of inking is challenging to say the least.
Thank you Marsha. The kites are not appliqued. I sewed scrap materiels then cut squares. It was tricky to know which squares needed the lighter materials to get the correct form. The ribbon is the only applique. It is hard to see on the photo but the stiching is free form of Mother nature in the bottom left blowing wind into the kites.
So good to hear everyone's sewing stories. I learned to sew from my Grandmother, she made most of her own patterns and did quilting. She did a quilt for each of her grandchildren when they got married. I have only done one small crib quilt that was the gingham dog and calico cat which was appliqued and embroidered. I did it by hand using a large hoop (like an embroidery hoop) that was my Grandmothers. It actually turned out ok.
Karen, your kite quilt is very nice and I can see how you stitched it now that you have mentioned it. I can also see how you pieced in the kites. Lovely.
Fred, your pastel mountains are very nice. I especially like the paler pink and purple ones in the distance. You are really coming along with the pastels.
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Hi Jen ~ Are you from England and then moved to USA? Quilting is very much American! We had an English lady visit to give a lecture and she said that patchwork is not really done across the pond. They are more into wholecloth quilts & embroidery.
Karen ~ Nice work on your Kite quilt. I really like your crazy quilted pieces that make up the kites! I taught applique for about five years & was also interested in how you created the kites and tails. Thanx for explaining! Are you hand quilting the whole thing?? Bless you!! I only hand quilt small "artsy" quilts anymore. Too time-consuming!
I'm not sure if it is enjoyed by all here, but I love hearing others' growing up stories.