Before and after. I like the before better and thought about doing a larger version. I'm not very fond of the scrapbook like quilts but wanted to see if I could make one I liked. I'll give this one a C-. It is about 9"x14" I guess. The photo image was printed on cotton, bubble jet treated, and ran through the printer with freezer paper backing. The photos where taken at Mt. Saint Francis, 400 acres and a handful of Franciscan friars that tend the grounds. This is where I go to reflect, recenter, refocus, and drink wine. On the grounds is the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts (MACA). The picture of the house at the top right is MACA. It has 6 bedrooms for artists stays. Behind the house slopes down a hill to a lake which I can no longer walk back up :(. But it can be seen from the huge windows of the bedrooms on the backside. A little walk from the house are several barns that have been converted into artist studios and the lower right image is the Calving Barn that houses 4 studios and a loft that runs the length of the barn. This is where I go dye fabrics. This place has had a major role in my creative life, my manna, and it is a blessing that it is so close to me.
Another before and after. Blue Apple, journal size, top, quilted, close-up, back. This is from the exercise on monochromatic colour from C&C. I see more monochromatic work in my future. I also used this quilt to practice fmq. I tried the suggestion that Melody gave about using one hand to drive with and the other to hold and when I do that I have more control and like my stitches better. The problems I have are that I spontaneously revert back to being a 2 handed driver AND I can't hold a design in my mind. Yesterday I unquilted 84,000 (metaphorically speaking to say it was a heck of a lot) stitches on a quilt for a girlfriend. This quilt begs for circles and curves so I can't take the easy route out but going straight or jagged.
Also, an idea came to me while looking at the back of the Blue Apple of quilting a whole cloth and then using paints, inks, pencils, etc to colour it. One I'll have to try soon...but for now I've got to go prepare for today's Scrabble match. But before I go, let me leave you with a yummy bag of scraps picture, courtesy of Mary at QuiltStudio 77! I told her that another quilter's scraps is another's yardage! I couldn't believe the size of her scraps! Thank you Mary!