Friday, September 7, 2012

Off The Wall Friday

It doesn't look like I have much to show this week, but I worked a lot of hours on my English paper piecing. Over Labor Day, my husband and I drove almost 10 hours (one way) to visit our son. I took my little, portable paper piecing project with me and worked on it practically the whole time in the car.
Here is the project BEFORE the new work.
Here is the project AFTER the trip.
The hexagons I added represent approximately 15 hours of work. I have a lot more work to go; I'm beginning to think this will be one of those "lifetime" projects! It IS a great take-along project, and I AM on the go a lot of the time, so I might be surprised. I'm thinking of doing an English paper piecing tutorial. Anyone interested?

I have also been working on my bird pieces. I have been frantically beading the snow on this piece. It is hard to see the beads, but I really only wanted a "glisten" on the snow. I didn't want it to "read" heavily beaded. I put the beads as far apart as I could--the length of my needle. That put them a little closer together than I had originally planned, but I like the effect the beads are giving the snow. I took a picture of the whole quilt, and you couldn't see the beads at all; so this is just a close up. You will probably have to click the picture to get a closer look to even see the beads.
I thought I'd have the other bird quilt squared up by this post, but the beading on the quilt above took a bit longer than I had expected. I am hoping to get some beading done on the background of this piece too, but I'm not sure I can get the beading done with the deadline for photography looming (before September 30). Here is a cropped picture of the quilt without the beads.
Be sure to check out work from other artists on the "Off the Wall Friday" post at Nina-Marie's blog by clicking on the "Off the Wall Friday" icon to the right of this post.



10 comments:

Sylvia said...

I too have a hexagon project in the works. It has been going on for a long time (over 5 years) I work on it in spurts. I love your piece!

Nina Marie said...

Have you read my posts on my English PP projects - OMG - I'm with you sister that its the kind of thing that can go on and on - I'm totally going to get back out my pinwheels and start doing them in the evenings - of course I'll have to put down my computer though LOL!! Keep going and I'll cheer you on!! I love yellow!

Carol A. Babineau said...

Your English piecing is great and you did get a lot done.
The beading on the snow is "just enough" to do snow justice.
Thanks for sharing.

Jackie said...

I found you at Nina Marie's blog, gorgeous work.

Deborah OHare said...

Beautiful work! I love the birds.

Lisa Chin said...

It's looking great Beth! How big is the piece now? I remember you saying the hexagons were pretty small. So much tiny work to do. I hope you have strong eyes and fingers.

Marit said...

Having taken a class in English PP, I know how much time this takes. You really accomplished a great deal! And, I love the beading on the snow.... just the right amount.

Linda said...

Keep going with the hexagons. You may find yu work in spurts but it'll be worth it!

Karoda said...

Love the hexagons!

Pam Ragland said...

I would love love a tutorial on English paper piecing!! I have already learned so much from you.