Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch

I bought a WACOM Bamboo Tablet. So much fun! I saw quilters drawing on pictures in different forums and I wanted to do it also. I will use it to audition quilt designs

and play!  This is a design from EQ 7, I can draw on these pictures or on pictures of my quilts.

I am sure that there are many other uses, but I know I will enjoy taking pictures of my quilts, and then working on developing a unique quilt design for them.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Turtle Quilting

I have almost completed quilting the turtle. I understand why many people work in series, because there are some things I would do different if I make another.

I played with this and didn’t rip out anything, just let it be. Background has vines, bubbles, and wavy lines for water. I added green vines on each side and a little bit of coral on the bottom right.

As I was working on it today, I was thinking about when we made it. Two of my sisters, and one of my brothers had flown to Texas to help me during and after surgery. I wanted a project to do while I was recovering and had bought the line drawing of the turtle from Susan Carlson’s website.

My sisters and I worked on gluing pieces of fabric to the turtle. Betty selected the fabric to outline the divisions in the shell, Jeanne selected the interior colors. It was fun. It was also a turning point for me, back in March.

I’d had breast cancer with surgery and radiation in 2010, then this year the need for an immediate hysterectomy with the possibility of more cancer. I had mentally prepared for many things, but suddenly everything was good again. The doctor was able to do minimal invasive surgery, no cancer was found, suddenly my future was bright, and I was able to enjoy time with my siblings.

So thinking of these things as I quilted, I wrote “Life lived Well” in the background below the coral. I mean to live fully and healthfully.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Labyrinth is Finished

I finished in the nick of time since I am at the top of the Stashbuster’s UFO Queen’s List.  Quilt is from a Debby Maddy workshop at our guild last Fall.   I practiced different feathers and border designs on this quilt.  It has wool batting making it soft and light.