Saturday 2 February 2013

Beady eyes

For me, the best part about making quilts is adding the final detail. This afternoon I've been painting beaks and beady eyes on the appliqued birds in 'Safe Haven'. One of life's smaller pleasures but it makes me ridiculously happy to fiddle about with a bit of paint!

It's somewhat strange that these creatures are inside the windows of my Attic Window quilt rather than outside with the trees but I have it in mind to question what's real and expected with what might be. Think Rene Magritte and you'll have an idea of what I have in mind.

The painting isn't finished yet and there's still free motion stitching to add but it will be finished in time for our next DMTV videoing session. There's a lot to be said for an imminent deadline!

The rusty greenhouse quilt, (there will be a catchier title soon) has been extended with more digitally printed fabrics from Fingerprint  It seemed logical to bring in some of the Old Oaks print as the trees were photographed about a hundred yards from my house. Even if they weren't local I'd have used them - I love the black and white against the vivid oranges and blues. I've actually layered this up and made a start with the quilting. It is all about shattered glass and distressed surfaces so the quilting is attempting to show that with sharp points and acute angles.

I'm waiting with great anticipation to see these pages from my sketchbook printed big and bold on fabric. Laura gave me an idiot's guide to Photoshop so I could erase the line of the central spine. We scanned the pages in high resolution so the image can be enlarged to almost one and a half metres wide. That should create a bit of drama. I'm so excited I can hardly breathe!!

To avert all the complaints I get when I don't include a picture of Amelie here she is this week in her latest silly hat. It's amazing what a doting grandma can concoct from a bit of leftover yarn isn't it?

Hope you're being creative this weekend. Thanks for dropping by - Linda


  1. Beautiful work Linda, thank you for sharing.

  2. both beautiful and inspiriing!

  3. I like the bird's on the inside of the panes. A "bird's eye view" from a different perspective. Since I sit at my desk and watch the birds all day, one that I can relate to. Amelia's eye are so very beautiful and expressive. Wishing you a beautiful week.

  4. OMG. Is Amelie NOT the cuties little girl? You must all be besides yourselves with overwhelming love!

  5. What an adorable little baby - she looks like a beautiful little doll. And your birds are superb! Doing that painting sounds so relaxing - makes me want to get out my paintbrushes!

  6. I love Amelie's hat, she is so lovely! Quilt looking great as well!

  7. I can attest to the fact that being a Grandma is the best! Maybe even better than being a Mom!!!