It’s been a few months (really?) since I updated here. Time has flown, as it always does, with day-to-day events filling the hours. I have managed to complete the applique for my version of the the Red Delicious BOM designed by Esther Aliu from Australia. When I started the project in November 2008, I was looking for an applique project to energize me to become more active in quilting and applique in particular. I truly enjoyed making this. I made some changes to her design here and there. I began to lag behind in the monthly blocks and finally realized that I didn’t want another UFO, so this fall I pushed forward to finish the big center cherry basket block. Once that was done, I changed her swirls to lattice, and substituted roses in the upper left. Yea, the hard part is done, just borders and quilting left. Here’s a peek of the top hanging in the dining room which will become it’s home once I finish it.
I’m starting my 2010 project. It’s a portrait of Sarah and Emma. I used Photoshop to posterize the snapshot and find the edges of the various shapes and colors. Kinko’s was able to enlarge it to 300%. What you see is a velium line drawing of the underlying print. It’s taken a couple of days off and on to get it to this stage. The lips were the most difficult to interpret, and I may have to make adjustments when it comes to stitching those areas. I would like to have this finished by the end of summer — only time will tell.
In January (wait — it’s still January!) I went to the Road to California Show in Ontario with my BFF Loretta. I was very happy to see Cherrywood fabrics there. Cherrywood does gradations of hand-dyes including skin tones. I helped with their bottom line and bought one of everything I thought might work on this project.