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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The roses continue

I'm still experimenting. I like the roses the way they are but I want the quilting to be a major part of the design. So I drew in some ghost roses. Can you see the white lines? I used one of those white marking pens that disappears when steamed. I ghosted in three more roses. You might have to click on the photo to enlarge it to see them better.

Here's a close up of one of the ghosted roses. I'm going to do some freehand machine embroidery before I quilt the layers together. My inspiration for the embroidery comes from Sarah Ann Smith and Patsy Thompson.

I didn't get any farther than this because my SIL called to come over for a day of cutting out the pieces for her next quilts. We made quilt kits for her. I have to be very specific, very watchful, and very repetitive with her. I write down everything.... step by step... and then go over each step with her as she does them. A true beginner.

If I'm very lucky I can start the quilting on the roses this morning. I'll post pictures tomorrow if I get anything accomplished. It would be very nice if I could create the ideas I have in my head. I see things clearly there.... not so clearly when the ideas come out of my mind and into my hands. I want to be good. I have a talent. I just don't think I have the "gift". Do you know what I mean? For example any person can learn to play the piano but only a person with the "gift" can be a concert pianist. Any person can write a story but only a person with the "gift" can write a best selling novel. I may have a talent but only time will tell me if I have the "gift". In the meantime it's Practice, Practice, Practice. Have fun with it!

I have a customer quilt that needs to be started today so I'll work until noon on the roses then take it off the machine to start the customer quilt. This quilt is a twin to one I did back before xmas. I had promised I would quilt them both so the quilting looks the same. A different quilter doing the same designs never looks the same.


Laura said...

Very pretty! You are very talented. I can't draw worth squat, so I stick to traditional piecing. I love those white marking pens! They have become my favorite marking tool as the steam makes it so easy to re-mark if necessary.

Veronica and Victoria Williams said...

Your roses are very beautiful. It'll be nice to see it all quilted. Mother of Bella Jean Boutique

Theresa said...

I hate to disagree with you, but after seeing your blog and your work, I think you absolutely have a gift for artwork. I can't wait to see what this year will bring you creatively.

Anita Estes said...

Thank you everyone. I feel I have talent but I'm having difficulty developing it. Sort of like when a baby takes its first steps, it takes awhile to get it right.

I also do a lot of traditional piecing. It's the backbone of my quilting career. I'm working on a design that starts with 10 inch squares and winds up as a pieced block. I'll put it on my hints blog as soon as I work it all out.