Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thinking on My Feet

I started working on a free motion landscape project. Remember the hand-dyed fabric? Well, I added a windmill. 

After I added the windmill, I looked at the stitching and notice that my straight stitch was more of a zig-zag stitch. I played with all the settings on my machine and came to the realization that it was time to take the machine in for a tune-up. Of course, this was a hard realization for me since I was starting a free motion project and am still working on the t-shirt quilt. 

I took machine in on Saturday morning as soon as they opened and I was told that it will take about 2 weeks to get my machine back. TWO WEEKS!? What!? But I have a quilt to work on and I can't free motion by hand! I've accepted the fact that all projects are on hold at the moment...except the windmill. 

What did I do about the windmill? Well, I reevaluated the situation, went home, and pulled the stitching. I guess it was a blessing in disguise because I found that it was a perfect opportunity to advance my hand embroidery skills. The only embroidery stitching I knew how to sew was a blanket stitch. A blanket stitch is commonly used to reinforce the edges of thick materials, i.e. a blanket. After researching the internet and encouragement from my mom, I embroidered the windmill instead. I am much happier with the final windmill.

I originally had dark brown ground/grass to contrast with the sunset, but after the windmill came out so dark, I had to change the ground/grass to black. 

Here is the final product. I'm incredibly happy with how it turned out. I am in love with the sky! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sunset Sky

I went to the fabric store yesterday looking for some pretty sunset fabric for a landscape I am going to make. No luck. I decided that I would go to another fabric store tomorrow to look for for fabric in hopes that they would have what I was looking for. Well, driving home today the lightbulb went on. I have white fabric at home and fabric dye. Duh. I'll just dye the fabric myself! I sat down today and painted a gorgeous sunset sky. Oh dear...I think fabric dying has seduced me like quilting has!