Tips, Thoughts and Techniques:
|Check out the stripes in Lola's fur. They are|
an excellent example of variable repetition.
|Progress to date on|
Picking Up the Pieces #3.
One of the tools I depend on to do work of this sort is my printer. I love how I can create a pencil drawing, trace over it with a permanent black pen, scan it into my computer using my printer and store it as .pdf. Once I have the .pdf I can print the drawing out any size I want. My original bees are approximately 8" in length. In order to get a 3" bee, I simply divide 3 by 8 and get 0.375. I set the printer scale to 37% (could be 38%, or even 40% or 35%, it doesn't have to be exact.) and viola - a 3" bee.
This week I managed to print out the various scaled patterns and even create my first bee. That isn't all I did, as you can see:
1) Work on the design for Picking Up the Pieces #2 and/or #3 - Done!
Finally, I finished piecing the over 400 half hexagons which make up the background. I have moved on to creating the foreground.
|Close up of the bee|
2) Finish Picking Up the Pieces #1 - Not yet.
3) Pot(s) made this week - Done!
I am continuing to work on various appliqué techniques. Picking Up the Pieces #3 is particularly good for this. The hive is large enough where it made sense to turn under the edges for a smooth finish. The bees, especially one 3" in length made up of eleven different pieces is far to fussy to do anything but fuse. When I fuse appliqué pieces my preference is to finish the edge with satin stitch. I set my machine for a vary narrow satin stitch and used Superior's Bottom Line thread. I don't want the stitching to overwhelm those tiny pieces.
|Most weeks I try my hand at an EQ 7 tutorial.|
I find it helps me gain a better comfort level
with the application. I'm finally getting to a point
where I can take a lesson, learn from it, but
do my own thing.
4) Free motion quilting practice - Done!
I spent 30 minutes or so doing some more pebbling.
Next week will be a repetition with some variety of this week. I have approximately 14 more bees to cut out, fuse and stitch down. They may be small, but they do take several hours each. Hopefully, the more I make the faster I will get. If I need a break, I have several other things to work on such as: