Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Dreams, TIF and Midsummer

Ah, well... best laid plans and all that. If, during the past week or so, I haven't visited your blog or, if I did, left a weird comment, I must apologize. I was sick with what I can only assume was the flu and my thinking processes were practically non-existent. I hurt all over and was soooo sick to my stomach... gah. And the nightmares! I pretty much didn't sleep for 3 or 4 days. I would toss and turn and finally doze off, only to have some serious dreams, nearly nightmares. It was awful. But, I'm better now... thinking is once again on track and sleep is once again my friend.

There was one bright point in the dreams though... it was the most beautiful scene and is still vivid in my mind. It was like I was in a huge room with soft flowing, varigated green and yellow curtains hung in sinuous lines across the room. The floor and ceiling matched the curtains and interspersed throughout the room were round, flat topped stands (that also matched), each with a single yellow apple centered on the top. The name "Yellow Pippin" floated through my mind. Yellow Pippins are a very old species of apple but I had only heard of plain old pippins. I think I'll make a something quiltish called Yellow Pippin. Sometimes ya' just gotta wonder, huh? Hmmm... maybe Sharon will have a dream concept sometime this year... that would be cool!

OK, moving on... believe it or not, I have started my TIF piece. If you'll remember, I'm making a luna moth that I will later use on my Midsummer quilt. Here is the inspiration picture:
Luna Moth
As always, click to embiggen.

So, first I cut up two copies of the photo to make a pattern out of clear plastic:
I decided to leave the bottom wings as a single piece since I'm not a complete idiot. ;0)

Then I cut out fabric for the top of the wings:
This is a soft polyester with a matte top and bright shiny underneath... it will be great for adding to my inner blocks on the Midsummer quilt.

Here are the backs of the wings:
This is a quilting cotton. Since the polyester was rather slippery, I decided I needed a cotton for the back, to help stabilize it.

Then I sat down in my comfy old chair and hand stitched the first wing together, using beading thread. I turned it inside out and blind stitched the opening:
All together now - upper right wing
This is the original picture of the upper right wing, the clear pattern and the finished right wing. Well, the finished wing that will now be embroidered and embellished. It's about 3 inches across. It came out pretty well, I think.

I've also been working a bit on Block 6 of the Midsummer quilt:
Block 6 - partial
It's coming along nicely, I should finish it this weekend.

OK... I have had a beastly week at work and it's time for early to bed for me. Thanks for the comments on the last post... it is interesting what old-timey is to different people.

Oh, also, I've had someone else ask me how I got the picture on the background of my blog. I'm going to try and figure out how I did it and let ya'll know. ;0)


Rissa said...

Ugh...sorry you have been sick Marty...hope you are feeling much better soon!

Allison Ann Aller said...

Thanks for showing us how you created your moth. It IS going to look wonderful on you project...

So sorry you've been sick like that!!! Wondrous dream, though...
Love the dream idea for a TIF theme, too!

Threadspider said...

Sure hope you are feeling better now-it's hateful when you fell below par and still have to keep going. Looking forward to seeing the moth finished and how your Midsummer quilt grows towards Midsummer.

Rian said...

Hi Marty, I'm late as usual, but wanted to wish you well. Weller. Wellest. Hope you are feeling better by now. I think if you have vivid dreams about yellow pippins the Universe is trying to tell you something. Could there be a Yellow Pippin Quilt in your future???

Candi said...

So glad to hear you're feeling better! That's crummy to feel like that. Your moth is going to be great, can't wait to watch it progress.

Susan said...

I really like the seams on your midsummer block, especially the herringbone - looks almost like lace. The green moth is going to be gorgeous!