Friday, May 5, 2017

A Couple of New Birds for Me!!

I have been in charge of trying to manage my daughter's pool before she moves here and I sit on her deck with my camera in hand.  She has a pond edging her property and their are woods on the other two sides.  She doesn't have feeders up yet but I have managed to see two new (to me) birds this week  This is a Great Crested Flycatcher who sings quite loudly and quite a bit!!  Here he is mid-song!

He turned to watch me and gave me a glimpse of his yellow belly and the little bit of red on his sides.

 You can see his "great" crest here.  That was how I knew he was a flycatcher.
I took this the next day and the picture isn't too good as he was bac klit but you can definitely see his  yellow belly and reddish tail here.  I haven't seen him the last few days.

The second new visitor was a Brown Thrasher which is a fairly good sized bird.  He was very good about posing in several different positions so I could correctly identify him!

You can see his wing marks here and his long legs and tail.

He was stunning against the Carolina blue sky.

A Tufted Titmouse stopped long enough so I could finally get his picture.

A couple of Carolina Wrens stopped for a visit one day.  I thought they were going to set up housekeeping in the balcony but looks like they thought better after seeing me.

A male Cardinal stopped one day to get his picture taken.

There have been frequent visits from a male and female Bluebird.  Here is the more colorful male.

Here is the female who is not quite as colorful.  I think they are nesting somewhere nearby.

I will miss seeing all the colorful birds at my daughter's house.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The End of Marbling for Awhile

Well, finally have cleaned up the area, gotten rid of the remnants of size and retrieved all my efforts.

I have forgotten how difficult it is to get what you want.  The high humidity when I was doing these didn't help as it was difficult to accurately dip the quarter yard pieces -- a problem I haven't had before.  This was was pretty good.

I kind of liked this one also.

I can retrieve fairly large areas of this one and I liked the colors.

The purple looked faded but if cut up, I am sure this will be okay.

I liked several of the second pulls I did.  I define this term as laying a second piece of fabric down after you have just marbled one piece.  You don't add any more paint, just take what is leftover.  I did this one on an already dyed piece of fabric.

I am leaving my paints and supplies here as this is something I can do easily at the beach.  Maybe next year I will have better luck!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Getting Back on the Marbling Wagon - Learning All Over Again

Well, this was step one in learning all over again.  Lesson is that after  you have left the size to sit all night, you should always always clean the top with newspapers as there is dust and stuff you can't see with the naked eye!!  If you don't do this, you get this -- all those white spots are the remnants.

Here I used the black which is opaque early on.  I really really don't like all those speck looking things so won't do that again and will stick with the maxim of only using the opaque paints near the end of my marbling.

This still has some white spots but I like it anyway.

Again, some white spots but okay as the colors were light.  We will pretend I intended that.

The lighter spots here were operator error in putting the fabric on the size.  The humidity down here makes the fabric less stiff than at home so I have had to improvise.  At first I used skirt hangers but I have been trying to just lay it on the size resting one edge of the fabric on the far side of the tray and then laying the fabric down evenly -- sometimes more successfully than others!

Parts of this are okay.

Again, parts of this are okay.  I think when drying this bunch of fabric some of the alum rubbed off when I laid it over the drying rack.  The lesson here was to hang by the edge with a clothespin rather than hanging it over the rack to dry.

I took a bunch of hand dyed fat quarters and marbled some of these.  This was okay.  The  yellow was pretty strong and of course the paints are transparent in nature.

Probably one of my favorites so far.

Again, parts are okay but some operator error again!!

This was a second pull.  I liked it even though I have no good way of getting rid of the bubbles.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

QBTS April Meeting -- with Amy Stewart Winsor

Amy Stewart Winsor was our guest speaker and teacher for this month.  She taught a class on curves and her lecture featured her improvisational style and some tips on how to correct common quilt mistakes.  It was great fun!!  Her quilts can really be described as whimsical and certainly colorful.  Her website is:  Amy's Art Quilts and you can just click on this link.  She also has an Etsy shop where she sells many of her smaller quilts.

This quilt was made to commemorate the 9/11 attack.

 This quilt and the previous were actually photos taken of slides.  This was a remake of a quilt her mother had started and she certainly improved it.

The following are several of the quilts she showed but is not comprehensive as many were up and down before I could take a picture.

This shows the use of curves and her strip piecing.  I had forgotten how much I enjoyed seeing curves used this way.

 This was one of my favorites.  Think is was called 5 AM.

This was commemorating the attack in Oklahoma City.  

This was the pattern she has for sale.

I really liked this one of her wonky log cabins.  Perfect for hand dyed fabrics.  I did one of these a long time ago and really enjoyed the process.

This was basically the technique she taught in the class.  As I  have had many classes on curves, I passed on this one.  

She had many more quilts she shared but the two folliowing ones were probably the most ambitious that she showed!

It features her randomly pieced background with the colorful appliqued houses.  The saying is:  "If you want to see me, come over anytime.  If you want to see my house, make an appointment".

This was made to commemorate many of the important events described in the Book of Mormon.

The following are some of the quilts shown at Show and Tell.  There were far fewer members there last night than usual because of the horrible weather we had (4+ inches of rain that day).