Sunday, October 14, 2007

Finishing Up

When I finished this little quilt, "Asiatic Lilies," Allie left me a comment asking if I was planning to quilt the background. This struck a cord, because although I wanted to be done, I did have this nagging feeling that something was missing. So I hand quilted the background and scattered some tiny glass beads. I also embroidered over more of the leaves and stems printed on the fabric. Now it feels complete. Thanks Allie!
I'm on a campaign to finish up some UFOs. For a long time it hasn't bothered me to have multiple projects going (or not) at the same time, but now the backlog feels distracting. I finished this little piece, which is about 8 x 10 inches. When I first began to work with photo transfers I transferred this image of a painting by the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. This is a painting she made after she cut her hair in response to her husband's infidelity.
I made this for Leslie my hairdresser. She is an accomplished painter and she likes Frida Kahlo, and especially this painting. She also has a faux-vintage sign in her shop, "We Repair Homemade Haircuts," so I combined that caption with the image of the painting. I hope she likes it.
I machine quilted this recent scrap quilt. The center blocks got spirals and I made these eucalyptus leaves in the border. I realize that there is nothing between me and acceptable machine quilting but practice. I'm slowly layering my finished UFOs and lining them up for practice.
I may even have some finished quilts for Christmas gifts when all is said and done. Oh my, did I mention Christmas in October? Sorry!!!

7 comments:

Granny Fran said...

The Asiatic Lilies turned out so wonderful with your hand quiting and embellishments. Love the Khalo piece.

Allison Ann Aller said...

Barbara, Asiatic Lillies is beautiful! I love how it all came together.
Your hairdresser will flip when she gets her Homemade Haircuts piece. Just terrific....

Debra Spincic said...

All it takes is practice? What a concept! *wink* Your pieces are still favorites of mine.

BTW, how is the other Allie (your daughter) doing? Has she decided to go to college yet?

Charlene said...

Are you breathing a sigh of relief? That sense of accomplishment is grand, isn't it? I think she'll love the Homemade Haircuts piece...I do!!

Rian said...

The quilting really adds dimension to Asiatic Lilies. It's lovely.

And I adore the Frieda Kahlo piece. Wonderful!

Finn said...

Hi Barb, the Lilies look wonderful...good choice on adding more hand work.
And I love the Homemade Haircuts piece..very original and creative. Hugs, Finn

Angie said...

I've just found your blog, and wow, you do the most beautiful work!! I have been wanting a messenger bag, and altho I am a bagaphobic LOL, I am soooo excited about your tutorial for making one!! I'm going to give it a go. Thank you so much for taking the time to post this for us!! :D I've added you to my bloglines, so I'll definitely be back to visit again!