Friday, August 23, 2019

Autumn Trees - bound -

Finally!! -

But it took me two tries -

And most of the week - ;))

Round 1 -

I made some "flanged binding" -

And decided to try to stabilize the edges by tacking down the tulle with a 3-step zig-zag on some chalk lines that I drew on the back - because it was easier to draw them on the back than on the tulle on the front - missed it by a bit the first time on this side - and had to do it a second time - LOL -

Then I tried to use the chalk lines on the back as baselines to line up the binding when I sewed it to the back -

I didn't want to trim it until AFTER I sewed on the binding - because I didn't want to risk cutting the tulle and letting the confetti fall out - LOL -

Added some corner triangles for hanging - and stitched it down - then had to un-sew it all since it wasn't even close to being straight or the corners square -

So - Round 2 -

This time I drew the lines on the front - as straight and as square as I could -
Inside the 3-step zig-zag lines since I didn't want to un-sew them -

I used whatever color of chalk - yellow or blue -
That I needed to make it show up on the tulle -

And sewed a single straight line along the drawn lines -

Used that stitched line as the baseline to sew the binding to the back -

Trimmed it - looks straight enough and the corners are square - LOL -

And wouldn't you know - I cut a corner on the binding when I trimmed it - CRAP! -
But it was on the inside/flange part -
So I was able to hide it in the inside when I mitered that corner - WHEW! -

Folded the binding to the front and stitched it down -

I used the same fabric as the backing for the binding -
The flange is the gold fabric that you see in the previous photos -

The binding is a little wider on the front than it is on the back - but that's OK -
The tulle is stitched down TWICE so I don't think the confetti is going anywhere -

The top right corner is the one that I accidentally cut -
But it's hidden so you wouldn't know it was under there if I didn't tell you -

And - unfortunately - I lost that second little tree on the right - but I think it's worth it to have the tulle super-tacked down all the way around - next time I'll try not to put a tree that close to the edge - you can see a little of it peeking out from under the flange -

I LOVE the effect of the "falling leaves" -
MANY THANKS to Katie for the suggestion -
And to ALL of you who gave me some great input along the way -

Over-all - it doesn't look too bad for a first try - ;))

Now I have to make a label -

A Scrap Card - that should be fun - LOL -

A Heart for my Memory Quilt -

And work up a Scrapbook Page -

Then I can call it DONE - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Autumn Trees -

Is quilted - finally - ;))

I let it sit for almost a week because I lost my mojo -

I guess I ran out of gas tweaking it for what seemed like f.o.r.e.v.e.r. - LOL -

Anyway - I played with it this afternoon - to see how far I could go -

I didn't do anything fancy -

Just some loops and swirls to try to tack down the confetti -

And some of it seemed to have a life of its own -

No matter how I tried - some bits did NOT want to stay put - LOL - ;))

And it amazes me that the black tulle -

Is virtually invisible -

Unless you see it up close and personal - ;))

Noriko Endo - in her book - adds some highlights to the sides of the trees -

But I'm not that good yet -

And I don't want to mess it up -

So I think I'll pass on that step for this one -

I'll cut some binding tomorrow -

And see if I can get it bound and labeled in the next day or two -

I have some other Squirrels that I want to chase - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Last call -

OK - here's where Autumn Trees was yesterday -

Today I tweaked it a little bit -

Shortened the YELLOW tree -

Made the leaf bits smaller -

Spread out some more "fallen" leaves -

Let it sit for a while -

And then tweaked it one LAST time -

This is IT, folks!! -

This is the LAST CALL -

The LAST tweak -

It is what it is -

I'm done messing with it -

My next one will be "perfect" - LOL - ;))

Tomorrow I'll put the tulle back on -

And go from there - ;))

Now - my CHALLENGE to you guys is -

I want to see YOUR version - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Friday, August 9, 2019

Puzzles -

Come in all shapes and sizes -

This is another jigsaw puzzle that my friend and I put together the other day -

By CEACO - Americana - 500 piece -

Then it was back to my Autumn Trees - ;))

I thought it was "done" - and had to set it aside when my friend came over to visit.
I was going to write up my post after she left. I had the photos loaded - then went to write the post - noticed those dang purple leaves - and thought "Crap!! - you're NOT done!! - You have to fix those leaves!!" - So Sherry was right on point!

I told her - I have to move those leaves - or it will bother me for eternity. But I won't need "Jack" (my seam Ripper) - I just need to take the top layer of tulle off - play with it a little - all of the "confetti" is still loose under there - and then replace the tulle. Katie mentioned that I should have some "fallen" leaves in the ground cover - so I'm going to add bits there, too.

I LOVE all of the input - that's what friends are for - and you gotta have friends - ;))

And I kept wondering how/why I missed that YELLOW tree with PURPLE leaves -

THEN - I figured it out -

I solved the puzzle - ;))

The "cover" photo - in the book for the "project" -

Doesn't match the "project" photo - in the book for the "project" - LOL - ;))

Do you see the extra tree in front - and the YELLOW tree with the PURPLE leaves? -

Yeah - so did I - that's why it looked OK to me -

Until I compared it to the "cover" photo above -

Now I don't feel so bad -

She couldn't copy her Autumn Trees either - LOL - ;))

Anyway - I took off the tulle -
And the YELLOW and PURPLE trees/leaves -

Switched the YELLOW and PURPLE trees -

Didn't like it -

And switched them back -

Then - I added bits of "fallen" leaves like Katie suggested -

Katie - is this what you had in mind? -

And this is where it is now -

The ORANGE - PURPLE - and RED trees are the same distance from the front -

The YELLOW tree is set a little farther back -

But right now they look like they all are on the same "plane" to me -

So I think I need to take some leaves off the bottom of the YELLOW one -

And that might fix it - ;))

So now - what do you think? -

There is nothing quite like a "community" project -

And I don't consider myself an artist -

So any and all input is greatly appreciated -

That's what friends are for - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Autumn Trees - second layer -

First -

Let me say again - that I didn't come up with this technique -

In a previous post - HERE - I said that I found the technique/project in the book -

"Confetti Naturescapes" by Noriko Endo - © 2010 -

That I bought from Accuquilt™ years ago - along with her two dies - ;))

Her first naturescape - Forest Verge - was made in 1996 -

So I'm pretty sure that she invented the technique - ;))

Check my last post - HERE - for other versions that I found on the internet - ;))

At the back of her book is a project called "Autumn Trees" -

Noriko Endo designed the piece -

I just tried to copy it -

So after my company left -

I pulled it back out -

Backed it with a pretty batik -

Added a few more trees -

And started to play with the second layer - the leaves -

I decided that I liked the looks of the crumbled bits - on the right -

Better than the flat ones - on the left -

So I took the orange and yellow ones off -

And tried it again -

Realized that I needed more RED -

And found some nicely colored batiks for more ground cover -

Played with the YELLOW/GREEN trees on the right -

And the GREEN tree on the left -

And the RED one on the right -

Added some ORANGE and a bit of YELLOW -

Added a tree in the middle -

Didn't like it - so I took it off -

Realized that I had RED leaves on the PURPLE tree -

So I moved them to the tree on the right - LOL -

Started to add more to the PURPLE tree -

And didn't notice that I had PURPLE leaves on the YELLOW tree - LOL -

Found some different REDS/PURPLES for accents -

Crumbled them up into littler bits -

Added them to the RED and PURPLE trees -

Looks pretty good from this angle -

Let it sit overnight -

Then the next morning I added another tree in front -

And decided to make it YELLOW -

But it didn't look right - so I made it taller -

And added some more ground cover bits -

The YELLOW tree still didn't look right -

So I made it even taller -

Covering up the PURPLE leaves behind it -

And STILL didn't think to MOVE the PURPLE leaves - LOL -

And then I added some more YELLOW leaves to the bottom -

And changed out the trunk to a darker BROWN -

Here are some close-ups of the trees -

And that's where it is now -

I have the second layer of tulle on -

It needs to be pinned and quilted -

And I have to get some bits of ground cover OFF the trees - LOL -

And a little tweaking here and there -

But the second layer is DONE as far as the colors go -

And I LIKE it - ;))

Here again - just to clarify -

Noriko Endo designed the piece -

I just tried to copy it -

The project at the back of her book is called "Autumn Trees" -

And that was my "inspiration" -

What do you think? -

I didn't get it exactly right -

But it's not too bad considering the fact that I am NOT an "artist" -

I was just having FUN -

Playing like I was a kid with a new box of crayons -

And coloring outside of the lines - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


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