Great news! My arm is getting better. It's taking it's sweet time doing that but at least we are heading in the right direction. I still can't do any sewing or quilting or kayaking, for that matter. I think I'll probably be able to paddle before I can sew or quilt. It's the forward motion that's limited. But it's better thanks to magic healing treatments of time and ice.
I spent yesterday carefully preparing a lot of fabric for dyeing and plan to do some dyeing today. I find that I'm OK if I just take frequent ice breaks so today's word of the day will be "discipline". I'm going to try to be very disciplined about those breaks. I tend to get in a deep groove when I'm dyeing and then next thing I know it's 5 hours later.
Marcy will be here to quilt so maybe she can police me. Marcy has been a huge help this week. She's working diligently on the giant backlog of veterans quilts. She's enjoying the practice and is getting better with every quilt. Her points are pointy and her curves are smooth and after loading and quilting 2 sets she doesn't really need help with anything. It's true for quilting as with everything else: there's no substitute for practice! Thanks to her I'll actually have some content for upcoming blog posts because, for sure, I'm not creating any.
Except mosaic! I can do mosaic left handed so I'm been working on the wall a bit at a time and expect to hit this pretty hard Friday and Saturday since I can't sew.
Here's the whole wall. I'll add a couple more beads and then fill in the white background for this section before moving on.
I'll probably not post tomorrow but will be back Friday with progress on something!
Slowly but surely I'm making progress! I've had a couple of free hours to work on the wall since I last posted. I"m so glad I'm doing the background as I do the beads. Filling the whole wall in with white at the end would have been so boring!
Finishing the top third of the wall was a major milestone and provides a lot of motivation to keep going and get this done this year.
This week is a really busy week so I don't know if I'll make more progress until next week....but we'll see!
All in all it was a good weekend. My jaw is finally better so I was able to get back to doing a bit of quilting and a lot of ironing. I had over 80 yards of fabric to iron this weekend!
I know this isn't a photo of the mosaic wall but it will explain why the mosaic wall is going to pick up in progress. I have decided to vend at the AQS show in Virginia Beach this year! I had so much fun vending at Birds of Feather that I've decided to try a big show and this one is so close to home that it's the perfect opportunity. That means that I have a TON of extra fabric to dye this summer so I'll be dyeing 2 days each week and that started last week. I have a inventory schedule and started last week with the Black Shades Packs and a few other fabrics.
What does this have to do with mosaic? After dyeing I'm already in my messy clothes and they are already messed up so that's when I usually work on the wall. Now I"m going to have 2 opportunities do do that each week.
This week I finished 5 more beads: the blue/brown one at the bottom and the 4 on the end.
There's so much left to do but I'll feel like I've made some real progress when the top third is done and I don't need the step stool anymore.
I will be very luck if I don't end up with a broken rib before I'm done. I keep backing into the end of this pole on my longarm!
If you are new here you might not even know that I do mosaic. It's been MONTHS since I worked on this wall. But after my dyeing session last Wednesday I was listening to a good book and decided that I need to get back to this. Plus all the materials are really getting on my nerves on the other side of the basement. They are taking up too much space so they need to get stuck to the wall or disposed of.
This is where it was when I left off in October.
I got 3 more beads done and go the background filled in a little more. I make myself do some background every time I work on the wall so that I'm not left with a ton of boring white at the end.
There's a lot left to do but I'm determined to get this done this year. This section is right next to "The Great Wall" in my longarm room.
I think I'm motivated again to work on this and see it done.
It's been a while since I worked on the wall. But thanks to Marcy's quilting lesson Thursday I had some time (and motivation) to add a few more beads and a little background too.
There's still lots left to do!
I already have another mosaic update and this week it's a little more interesting. I've added 3 more beads.
This one is made from leftover bits from a ginger jar shaped vase.
This one is from a broken soup bowl. It's going to be a bit of a pain to grout but I like having the handles (from 2 bowls) in it. Now I have to do some more white.
I have been ignoring my mosaic wall for a while but I've had some time recently to add a couple more beads.
I'd guess that I'm about 1/8th done. What do you think? I surely need to pick up the pace!
This is my new wet saw. It's not Chris' saw, it's mine! I bought it a couple of months ago but just got around to using it this week. I showed how I set up the cart back in May. I bought some very expensive blades and started playing this week. A saw is like any other tool or skill (quilting, painting, shooting clays), it takes practice.
(Yes, I did run it with water, this photo was right before I started cutting time.)
I started with some glass pieces. Glass is hard to cut and it's going to take a lot more practice. Fortunately I have plenty to practice with! I decided to start with tile.
Look! I quilting tool works for marking tile too. This is a bullnose trim tile that I'm going to use on the sink backsplash.
Look at my miters! I'm so please with this. I was so happy that I decided to put up the fish that I've already made.
I've got to make a lot more fish!
While Laura was sewing one day this week I made a little progress on my beaded curtain wall. I've added 3 more beads (orange, red and gold) and started putting in some of the white background. I know I need to work on the background as I go or I might get bored with it if all I have to do is white. So I'll do a little more white before I allow myself to do more beads.
For perspective, this photo represents about 1/4 of the space I'm going to cover.
While in Albuquerque I found these from a street vendor at the Gorge Bridge near Taos. I think they will work great as part of my beaded curtain.
I've been working on the new mosaic wall in bits and pieces. It's not a big priority right now so it's not getting a lot of attention but I have made a little progress.
First I worked on the top edge. Originally I had drawn half circles to create a series of arches but I could find tile bits I liked in my stash to fill it in. But while I was searching I kept moving 3 sheets of these leftover tiles out of my way. Eventually I realized that they were the answer. I got the arched effect but much easier!
I also got a few beads done too.I think I'm really going to love this section!
You might be wondering about the one gold bead all alone there. Remember that these are made from leftover bits from the big wall. When I dumped out the gold bits here I knew I had to find a small bead and that one seemed the best fit. I think I had about 5 small pieces of that leftover after this so it was the perfect size and shape.
This one was really easy! I think my Mom gave me a few of these geode slices for the wall and I've finally found the perfect use for them.
I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.
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