Tuesday, November 1, 2016

I've Got the Blues

I've Got the Blues 

I'm having a hard time typing this morning 
as I am eating ALL the roasted pumpikin seeds from 
the Halloween pumpkin carving fisaco that took place 
in our back yard yeasterday. 
Type one word, eat a pumpkin seed, 
type 2 words, reach for more pumpkin seeds. 
See my predicament????

As I mulled over this quarter's Four In Art theme of...
I've Got the Blues
I decided I just can't have the blues becasue........

I'm happy that we still have 2 kiddos living at home with us. 
(Aren't my nerds cute?)

I also got to witness a friend getting a pie in the face
 at our church Harvest Festival.
(Doesn't he look happy?
Oh, and look at that cute Brony shirt.)

I helped a high school football player sew his first 
and probably his last quilt for a school assignment. 
(He was a quick learner and did a great job.
Go North High Huskies!)

And lastly...I get to see this view
 twice at week at my daughter's soccer practice. 

Back to reality.... I traced the word 'azul' meaning blue in 
Portugese onto a white background. 
See my nifty high end light table? 
I chose this word becasue I lived in Brasil for a summer 
and even though my Portugese stinks, 
I'm always happy to find a way to use it. 

I then drew 3 circles to encompas the word azul. 
I wanted to quilt inside just the circles and use the 
negative space of the quilting to spell the word azul. 

I decided to use 3 different thread colors, 
one in each of the circles.
Right here I'm quilting around the 
letter Z with medium colored blue thread.

One of my kids decided that I needed to be documented. 
I'm always the photographer and never get to be the photographee. 

Before quilting I added some fabric inside the quilt 
sandwich that could be seen behind the white fabric.
The intention was to highlight the 3 different circles. 
I chose fabric that had circles on it, to go along with the circles I quilted. 
I know there's a name for this technique. 
Right now I can't remember the name and I can't find it on the web. Boo hoo. 

I quilted the cirlces to overlap each other and bisect in the middle. 
It looks more meesy on the quilt than it did in my mind. 
I think sometimes my mind tricks me into thinking it has good ideas. 

This time around I chose to finish the 2 1/2" binding by machine. 

You can view other Four in Art Quilts too! Check out the links below.

Bette Ayershttps://www.flickr.com/photos/toot2
Camilla Cathrohttp://faffling.blogspot.co.nz/
Catherine Chisholmhttp://www.knottedcotton.com
Elizabeth Eastmondhttp://www.opquilt.com
Janine Greenhttp://www.rainbowhare.com
Nancy Myershttp://www.patchworkbreeze.blogspot.com
Rachel Rileyhttp://www.rachel-thelifeofriley.blogspot.com
Susan Snooks http://patchworknplay.blogspot.com