Monday, August 13, 2007

Progress on several fronts...

Thanks for all the encouragement in the comments... ya'll are the best! Kisses to everybody... ;0)

Harry Potter:
I finished the Harry Potter series... great final book... all I'll say is that reading how Molly Weasley channeled Sigourney Weaver from Aliens just made my day!!

Sumptuous Surfaces class:
Here is my progress on the monotone piece for the Sumptuous Surfaces class :
Sumptuous surfaces - work done
I'm close to the final stages of the near hills. It has taken many hours to get to this point but I've loved every minute of it!

I am using several visual tricks on this piece to give the illusion of perspective.
The hills that are farther away get the cool tones, with less intense, lighter colors; while the near hills get the warmer tones, with higher intensity, darker colors to bring the eye forward. So far I think it is working nicely. I'll be glad to get it finished so I can start on my color piece!

Midsummer Night Crazy Quilt:
Nat is having some problems with the paints he's using for the center panel... he can't get them to work just right and it's rather frustrating for him. I don't want his creative muse to run away so I told him if he can't get them to work soon, he can just do the painting on canvas and I'll scan it onto silk and use it that way. It will probably be easier to use in the long run, so either way works for me.

Our nephew will be attending Arizona State University (ASU) this year and I'll be picking him up at the airport on Wednesday. He'll be spending that night at our house so we are clearing out the guest room for him. The guest room has become a spot to stash the bits and pieces we aren't sure we'll be keeping so now we have to actually make up our minds on what to do with all of it! Oh, well... it has to be done sooner or later! We're hoping he'll become a semi-regular visitor throughout the school year and we're really looking forward to having him around once in awhile.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!


Virgi said...


It is beautiful! I like the rounded pieces in your design. How do you make them? What kind of stitch is it?

Nice work! thanks for sharing.


Margaret said...

It is so great to see all the differnt elements and stitches you have used. Makes me want to walk to the distant hills.

Enjoy your visitor. I always like visitors, but not too often, because that is the only time I really feel compelled to clean up and I do like a clean house even if I hate cleaning!

Marty52 said...

Virgi, if you mean the solid wheels, that's simply silk floss stitched over and through a donut shaped bead. If you mean the half wheels, that's a buttonhole wheel. If you want me to show you how to cover the donut bead and get it nice and even, let me know and I'll do a post on it.

Allison Ann Aller said...

Yes, please do a post on the donut bead!
Your nephew will appreciate home cooked meals and access to your washer and dryer...and the feeling of family, too, of course...;-) Enjoy him!

Susan said...

Your SS looks scrumptious! =) I think the color thing is working nicely and will be even better when you finish. What are you doing with your color piece?

Yay, a nephew at ASU, that will be fun! Young people keep things hopping. Is he living in a dorm?

threadspider said...

I think your work on your "Road I know best" piece is just superb.It's lovely to watch your steps on the journey.

Debra Spincic said...

Just a thought--you might be able to use the canvas the way it is for your piece. It would eliminate the need for interfacing.

Lovely Hills!