Monday, February 06, 2006

Red Sky

This is how I started my day yesterday. I looked out the window and saw this and knew I had to share it. I ran outside and took these from my driveway. I did wonder if we were going to have a storm..you know, "red sky at morning, sailors take warning".


Instead it was oddly overcast without a hint of rain. We had only an occasional glimmer of sun.

Inside, in the afternoon, I got back to my workroom and spent the day working on this.



I used couched thread, more bobbin work, different colors of shiny thread. A couple of people asked about "Deco-Bond". It was one of the required items for an embellishment class at Road to California, and I bought mine at a quilt show booth. I have never seen it around here, but it is a thick, somewhat soft stabilizer that can be fused. I think I heard in a class that it can be bought at Hobby Lobby, but we don't have those here either. I think I like it as a stabilizer, but it IS thick and it isn't tear away, so you have to be happy to have it as a permanent part of your piece. The quilting and embellishment are being done in one step here since I put batting in between the painted silk and painted Deco-Bond.

Sometime before I started adding more paint to get the contrast I wanted, I decided I liked the horizontal format. I might be pretty close to finished. When I get home from work today I'll have another look.


10 comments:

Barbara C said...

I love the purple. It reminds me of fingers, or of wispy clouds.

Valeri said...

What great sky pics. The fabric you dyed is a bit like this sky! Intense!

Deb R said...

Those photos are gorgeous!!!

I like how the fabric piece is turning out too.

Gerrie said...

Sky photos are wonderful. That painted quilt is woneeful - I like either orientation.

Frances said...

like your sky photos,
love the quilt, seeing it grow from the painted silk and I agree landscape looks best, I love the contrasting textures of thread on fabric and perle is one of my favourites,

Deb Geyer said...

Very nice! I'm curious, when you did the bobbin work, you said that you used a perle cotton. Is that like the regular DMC perle cotton that comes in a skein? Do you hand wind the bobbin?

Thanks for sharing!

Micki said...

Wonderful sky pics. And your silk piece is absolutely beautiful. Can't wait to see it finished.

mary m. said...

Jen,

You have such a free way of working. I love this piece! (can't wait to experiment with dynaflow)

jenclair said...

You are having way too much fun! This is really lovely.

Thanks for the explanation about "Deco-Bond." Is its main attraction that it can be painted?

Kim said...

Wow! I've been away and haven't checked this ring for a few days - my my you've been busy! I love the way this piece is turning out. Yes, indeed!