Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Last Bit

Here is the quilt top finished, but not trimmed or fused to the batting yet. While I enjoyed making the medium and large sections, my favorite bit was the little "bubbles" - as I've come to think of them. I think that idea will continue to feature in the next quilt or quilts.

And here I've fused the quilt to the batting. This is the point of no return. It's not impossible to change things if you've only got fabric fused to fabric, but once it's fused to the batting, it becomes a sticky mess to try and change something and I have never tried.

I was tempted to do an old-fashioned binding on this quilt, but it's been so long that I just didn't feel up to it. So I did my favorite escape hatch finish and then quilted it up.

Fizzy Pink Lemonade
17" x 15.75"
Here are some details. You will notice that you can't see the quilting. Isn't that so great? I'm so pleased. My new machine is the bomb.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Fame in Melbourne

This morning on The Toy Society's blog, they have posted an article from The Melbourne Leader. If you look closely, you can almost see me in it:

The altruistic treasure hunt is the brainchild of Bianca Brownlow, an ex-Northcote girl now living in Sydney.

“The last one was found in a carpark at IKEA in Atlanta, and they said ‘the chicken’s been riding around with us in the car’ and they were loving it,” Brownlow said.

“That’s by far and away the most exciting part of it, hearing back from people.”

That's my chicken! Go read the entire article here.

Isn't that so fun?

Monday, November 3, 2008

The Next Bit

Well, after I finished the first section, I felt that the second section needed a difference more than just scale. Too much of the same color scheme in a quilt bores me, I guess. So I decided to make it more about pink and green, with a little yellow.

I was really stymied over the weekend trying to figure out what I was going to do next. I discussed the options with my sister, and she reminded me, "it's only fabric." I'm so glad to have that reminder sometimes. So I went ahead and made this next bit, and it just came together like pie.

When Timothy Botts was here last year, I bought a print from him that says:

"The freedom to fail is the essence of creativity (just as the prevention of failure is the essence of conservatism). The creative act must be uninhibited and marked by supreme confidence. There can be no fear of failure. Nothing inhibits so fiercely, or shrinks a vision so drastically, or pulls a dream to earth so swiftly as fear of failure. Albert J Sullivan"

For me, there has to be an element of play in creativity. That means, also, no fear of failure. Just do it, maybe it wont work, but that's no reason not to try.

And so, I move onto the next part of the quilt, and I intend to have fun!