At the DAFA art swap (see 6/30 post), it was apparent that Lu was going to get her own piece back and before it actually happened, I said I would do a piece to trade (I've always wanted some of her artwork!).
Since Lu's house is decorated in Asian motifs (and looks like something that just jumped off the pages of Architectural Digest), I wanted to be sure my piece was worthy to hang in her house! The Asian fabric sitting on top of the pile in my studio inspired me to fussy-cut two of the flat printed motifs and fuse them to commercial fake over-dyed fabric, adding the ribbon at the same time. I then hand-embroidered the details of the motifs, machine-quilted the background and added the pearl button from my stash. The entire thing is mounted on a stretched canvas I had painted red.
A few weeks ago, at TAQG Rally Day (see 7/9 post), we received goodie bags that, among other things, contained some pre-cut fabric (strips and squares). So I challenged myself to use them all. First, I sewed all of the strips into a jelly roll and stacked the squares.
I made log cabin-style squares around each of the precut squares with the precut strips, then cut each of those squares in half and rejoined non-matching halves; Then rotated and cut those squares in half and rejoined non-matching halves. Giving me a stack of nice, random-looking pieced squares.
I then picked up one of the squares, cut some felt for batting, and machine-quilted the entire square.
After that, since few of any of the materials had any real cohesiveness, I took some Setacolor yellow paint, watered it down and covered the square (there is no such thing as ugly fabric...).
Also a few weeks ago, one of the elm trees in our side yard was hit by lightning and some of the branches had died.
But, in hopes that the tree can be saved, we called Daniel to come cut off the dead parts.
He was, of course, heavily supervised by Mr. Raider (from the front window).
We'll know in a couple of months if the tree itself will survive.
At least we feel like we've given it a better chance.
And today I put together a couple of workshop "to go" kits. At the DAFA meeting each month, we have a small workshop before the actual meeting and we usually need to bring scissors or some other "regular" supplies. Using two travel mugs (the UT one is too heavy for me when it's full and the Vegas one was beginning to leak), I glued small pincushions to the underside of the lids and then included items I would keep in any sewing kit:
So now there is one for each car. I even made nametags and put them in each one, so I don't have to remember to take one to the meetings.
And I'm almost finished with scrapbooks. Down to the last three and all of them are virtual. Hope to be done with all of them by the end of the year. It's not easy sorting 1000s of pictures!
And at some point, I need to start cleaning my studio (again). Guess I'll be busy for a while...