Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What's In a Name?

I have made some progress on my new piece. The applique is done, the stitching is done on the top, and the piece has been appliqu├ęd to the background. All that has gone (albeit slowly) fairly smoothly. Here's the latest photo; it is what I envisioned.

It is the largest art piece I have ever made coming in at approximately 75" wide and 25" high. That made it a REAL pain to baste (and I'm sure the quilting won't be any more fun since I'll have to deal with all that bulk in my machine). I started (and finished) the basting yesterday.

Here is the real tricky part for me. I have to give it a name. I can't just keep calling it "my new piece." I'm just terrible at coming up with names for my pieces. I think it sort of looks like a dry creek bed or the bottom of a canyon. As I was working on it, I kept thinking of dry ground and the swirling fires that result from the lack of water--drought, parched, canyon, arid, etc. What would you name it? I'd LOVE to hear any and ALL suggestions.

 

Friday, August 19, 2016

August--Nashville (Indiana) Retreat 2016

I just got back from my latest retreat in Nashville, Indiana. We get to stay at a great place called The Cornerstone Inn. I only get to see these ladies twice a year and really enjoy our time together. The girls at this retreat come from all over--Minnesota, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, and others. This retreat is less about work for me than pleasure. I only do handwork (primarily because the space is SO limited), spend time visiting, and spend time shopping. Nashville has some great little shops and some really good restaurants.

I finished the stitching and cutting out of my extreme embroidery piece. I still haven't decided how I will be displaying or finishing the piece. I also worked on some extreme embroidery pins, my "forever" hexagon quilt, and the hand quilting on my "Bouquets for a New Day" quilt.

Here are some pics of what other people worked on. Several people were working on blocks and didn't show their pieces. Robin worked on a child's quilt. How cute are these!

She finished this round robin quilt by putting on the buttons and yoyos.
She got the binding sewn onto this quilt and one other quilt she brought with her.
Rita finished this 3-D looking quilt top.
Debby was working on blocks from "The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt" book. (Love those oranges!)

Karen worked on the embroidery for this miniature.

Nancy finished this baby quilt top.

She also finished this "Bionic Bag." I LOVED this bag--it has LOTS of zippers and compartments. She used an adorable sewing-themed line of fabric from Moda.

I bought this little piece of pottery and the "rug" it is on from a great shop in Nashville. There is a "frog" inside the pottery to hold flowers and leaves or whatever you might want to showcase. Having this little flower at my "work" station during the retreat made me smile. I'm thinking I'll be taking it to retreats from now on.