Monday, June 11, 2018

Making the cut

I wanted to save them ...


but their light was already fading ...


Not only had I failed to neutralize the bleach used to create the patch clouds, I had compounded the insult to the cloth by rinsing it in vinegar. Fortunately, Deb Lacativa saved me from myself by sending this informative link:

Likewise, I realized the clouds were obscuring the details of the sun's arc through the sky. And to get really down to it, I knew in my heart that the strip of patches would appliqué better if they were rotated 90 degrees before stitching them together. Three strikes ...

So I took a deep breath and cut ... and cut ... and cut ...


then stitched a whole new batch of patches. Which will be put together at the beach ... soon.

Removing the patch appliqués meant I likewise had to cut into several of the base cloths ...


of which there are now seven ...


with nine more to go. This too was a good thing, as my recent revisiting of Jude Hill's online classes opened my eyes to a better way to stitch appliqué.

Always I am learning ...


Monday, June 4, 2018

Page 1 is done

I could hardly wait to finish stitching ...


so I could add text, this time printed out and laid onto the cloth before scanning (and still subject to editing of course) ...


And then it hit me that I really should create text boxes for each page before stitching ...


the better to plan ahead.

And I would be remiss if I didn't include the sun as seen from the back ...


But best of all, this beaming boy ...


Jackson on his first day of (summer) Kindergarten. Because his school district actually offers one month of summer school free to any child for any reason. A wonderful way to get ready for the real thing in August!

Addendum:

I've added a link to FOLLOW THE PROGRESS OF MOON MYTH at the top of the right sidebar which will document the pages of Moon Myth in sequential order as they are created. Since I'm at the earliest stages, the images are really rough drafts which will be updated as they are edited. 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Coloring outside the lines

I was going to post each page of Moon Myth as it was completed, but I can't wait that long.

So here's page one in progress, which began with auditioning some Deb Lacativa cloth ...


I learned, as always. What began as a 3.5" square of blue damask shredded down to a smaller-than-intended size ...


I decided it still had potential and kept on going by wrapping the edge of the reverse appliqué orb to keep it from shredding any further ...


Then started to semi-freestyle rays of sunshine ...


which is why I use water-erasable marker, because I don't always follow the lines ...


One final note: you may notice two marker colors. The turquoise is a very heavy-duty marker that can take multiple waterings before it disappears. The purple marker is a new-to-me product that vanishes into thin air, supposedly within 24-48 hours. Unfortunately, it sometimes disappears far sooner than that, leaving me wondering where the line went ... 

Friday, June 1, 2018

So much to love


Deb Lacativa's latest shipment of thread magic
arrived just in time ...


to become a part of Moon Myth ...


Four bases are well underway and Deb's threads will play a major role in their embellishment.

Meanwhile, here are a few looks in the rearview mirror at Parker's first birthday presents. A bib made from her infant sleep sack ... 


a sensory table made by Don (aka PopPop), which holds a tea set from Aunt Liss and is also the perfect height for practicing standing up ...


and her rag doll, which reportedly receives many juicy kisses ...


and then gets unceremoniously tossed on the floor ...


Good thing I went with stitched-on hair!