Sunday, February 15, 2009

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wedersehen, Goodbye

 
We leave for India tomorrow. And so we had a farewell dinner with the big kids and the grandkids. Much to my delight, the grandkids went along with my idea of bringing 3 facts about India to the dinner table (in exchange for their Valentine Day cards). One fact mentioned 3 times is that India's film industry is the largest in the world. Young Ben drew a picture of the flags of India and Nepal. A most delicious and informative dinner. From left to right, Ben, Sammy, Ryan, Jack, Brandon, Nikki, Natalie. Check out the 2nd picture for a more normal picture of Ben although Brandon, thanks to Jack, is invisible.
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

My First Mixed-Media Piece

 
The Art Quilt class at quiltfabric.com has made me try things I normally wouldn't. The assignment for February was fabric paints. I bought some fabric metallic paint sticks over a year ago and kind of sort of played with them. But this time I actually got out the directions. The results were interesting. Once the paint/crayons were set with heat. I began to quilt the piece with free-motion stitching and metallic thread. Then I couched some yarns (thanks again, Chris H) and finally did some couching with gimping cord - that's the very fine reddish line. I like how this piece turned out and admit it was very improvised. It is in keeping with the first four art pieces from this class. What I could do with some planning kind of scares me! I'm glad to have these techniques in my repertoire.
11" x 14"
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Lowly T-Shirt - Part III

 
A year ago John and I went to Turkey. And I'm just now getting around to making a wall hanging from this t-shirt. Because it's so pretty, it doesn't need any embellishment. Now we're getting ready to leave for India, and I'm eager to see what sorts of fabrics I will be bringing home! 16" x 20"
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Friday, February 6, 2009

Spring in the Moscinski Living Room

 
John challenged me to make something seasonal to replace the Christmas-ish hanging we've had above the entertainment center. I heard the word "seasonal" and headed towards batiks that are spring-like in color. I was inspired by the Storm at Sea design, thanks to Wayne. As I was putting this together, I imagined it to be a vertical hanging with the green in the lower right corner. And that is clearly wrong. Chris H gave me access to all of her terrific yarns. I found three different ones and couched them onto this wall hanging, echoing the lines of the fabric and quilting.

The border fabric? If I ever find this again, I'm buying the whole bolt. 35" by 43
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