Yesterday I remembered that it was Mini Quilt Monday but I also needed to practice with the new Bernina Activa 220 (say it like a movie announcer) so I sort of cheated and combined the two. I had an image of a sprouting avocado pit in my mind, so I put pencil to paper and drew one up. I scan and make several copies to cut up and use for patterns.
I saw it sitting on a table, by a window and the black and white checkered floor below.
When I put the base together and showed the Mr he said he "didn't get it".
He couldn't see it.
I mumbled a few things and went back to sewing, but that worry crease had appeared between my eyebrows and I had to consciously relax
and work on it some more.
Using a pale sea glass blue I appliqued a jar sitting on the table.
I traced the avocado plant onto the water soluble Sulky. This will dissolve with water after I stitch the design. I want to use black thread to make it look drawn.
This looks good and was so much fun with the new machine.
It is precise.
All along the way there are decisions, aren't there?
What colors? What fabrics?
What tells the story?
Are the curtains moving with the summer's breeze?
I used some iron on stuff for the big leaves but just pinned the small ones. Oh, I cut up one of the copies of the picture and used it as a template to cut the leaves.
I am still asking myself questions- should the stem be brown?
Should I stitch it or hand embroider it or just use a sharpie marker?
If I used a marker would it run or fade?
I also need to add the toothpicks but I don't want them to be black- I want them to be toothpick colored.
Is that right? Or should they be black to go with the rest of the composition? Questions, questions...
Layered with cotton/wool blended batting I forge ahead- machine quilting while the Kings of Leon boogie in the background.
Just doing it. Gotta finish this.
Trying to practice, trying to learn.
I used some sweet Heidi Grace fabrics (from JoAnn's) scored last night when I went for more thread for the back.
OK, so now, my final question is what to use for a border- to bind? Red? Black? I'll think about it and look around to see what grabs me.
I showed it to the Mr again and he said: "Oh, now I get it!".
Anyone want to volunteer to be my design assistant? I need help- and he isn't the guy to go to for this kind of stuff. I need a creative person who can throw ideas around, you know, talk it up, make it work.
Oh, wait- that's what all of you are for!
Ready at a moments notice to drop everything and comment to help me pick out bindings and suggest fabrics....what? you're busy?
Sometimes I think it speaks for itself when I post pics at Flickr and I don't get a comment. Like they are sitting there scratching their heads, asking themselves, what the ? is going on with her.
This new machine may turn out to be really bad for us- I may never cook or clean again!
Who wants to do laundry when this sweet girl is in there waiting to play?
* and if you can't imagine spilling spaghetti sauce on this, then it must be a mini art quilt.
Love & Stitches,