Fall is coming …

The rain has been falling here in Calgary for a couple of weeks now.  Somehow, when we were not watching … Fall arrived and is here to stay.  It even snowed during the night on Thursday, so we woke up to houses covered in a sprinkling of snow, and cars covered in white …

I looked out of my studio window yesterday and noticed that the trees in my backyard have started to turn color,  I have one that is totally red now, and the trees behind the houses, on the side of the hill are turning yellow.  The colors are gorgeous, despite the fact that it means that winter is coming …

I worked on a new small quilt which is almost completed now.  I still have to finish beading the binding, but … here are some photos for you to see it.  It follows the subject of the painted pear.  I thought I’d create some new samples with the same subject for my new classes.

The quilt is made of silk.  The small pears are painted on three different colors of silk.  The letters behind the large image were stamped with vintage wooden letterpress letters.  Here’s a photo of the quilt, minus beaded binding:

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The next photo is a detail of one of the small pears. All the quilting has been done using Wonderfil threads and Deco Bob in the binding:

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Oops!  There is a thread in there that needs clipping!  But … you get the idea.  The last photo I have to post right now is a detail of the large pear, which has been thread painted.  This is what it looks like:

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I promise to post another photo of the finished quilt with the beaded binding as soon as I am done, hopefully in the next week or so.  I will also post photos of the other two projects soon.

I wanted to tell you about the quilting.  The feather design was inspired by Leah Day’s design 189.  If you’ve never heard of Leah, I invite you to visit her website.  She has committed to creating 365 free-motion quilting designs.  She still has a few to go.  Her website is www.freemotionquilting.blogspot.com and click on the red link on the right hand side that reads “Check out all of the designs”.  Her website is well worth the time it takes to go through the designs.  She posts a video of each one, so you can see how to go about creating it.  Amazing designs, amazing lady … Hope you pay her a visit!

But, for now, I am off to work on two new projects for which I have very tight deadlines.  I’ll tell you all about them in another post.

In the meantime, with the rain falling gently, and the leaves turning yellow, it is a good time to quilt, finish an old project or dream of new ones.  Until I blog again … keep quilting.

Ana

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