Sunday, July 17, 2016

- A lot to remember

Retrospective (7/24/2016)

Patch #199 Quail



There's lot of room for growth, but I'm happy to document where I am in the journey.

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A new trio of patches for July 4-6 fell from my fingers today ...


And, as you can see, Don has been working with much the same palette in his latest assemblage ...



I'm finally comfortable with the process that has evolved of blogging every day, sometimes with a patch, sometimes not. When I get around to working on patches for the days I've skipped, the blog posts trigger the ideas that end up in stitch.  

It was the beach towels that I blogged about on July 4th that got reimagined with my latest thrift store linen find ...


Then the safety pin on the July 5th post caught my eye. I sketched one, but it turned out to be a bit too big. Rather than try to redraw it, I reduced the image to 75% on my copier, pricked the outline, and marked it into cloth ...


I've learned that I trust my eye more with needle than with pen in hand, so I just followed the general direction of the dots using Jude's split backstitch, finessing the single strand of floss as needed ...


My last patch for the day involved the picture-book quilt in the July 6th post. When I brought it up on my iPhone, it occurred to me that I could enlarge the picture to fit a 1 3/4" patch and lay it on my copier to get a perfect-sized image to work from ...


Then I once again pricked holes in photocopied image ...


and used water-erasable marker to convey the design to cloth ...


A bit of practice with two-strands of floss convinced me that the marker dots were too hard to follow, so I sketched in blocks with my XS Pitt pen ...


with a very satisfactory end-result.



And just so I have something to work with for today's patch (whenever I get around to it), I took a picture of our first-ever pair of quail, spotted by Don just as we were sitting down to lunch ...



If you squint, you can just make out the male sitting on a rock directly above the airplane on the left (and no, Don didn't make the mobile, though I'm sure he could) ...


The quail are well worth remembering, but I'm not yet sure if this is how it will go ...


I'll let you know what I come up with ... eventually.