Mosaic and other things
Last Tuesday I went to Anne's house so that we could mosaic the pizza oven that her husband and BIL built a few months ago. We Started Tuesday trying to figure out a design that would work with the free/almost free tiles that she had. Some were Mexican tiles and some were pastels reclaimed from 1950's bathrooms. She had some ideas like octopus, crabs, fish.....all things that neither of us could draw. Given all the yellow and green that we had, we settled on sunflowers. We got this far near the end f the second day. It was hotter than blazes and we had to put up a tent because of passing storms.
By the end of Thursday we had finished all the tile work. It wiped out both of us but we are thrilled with the end result. I'm headed back this afternoon so that we can grout it tomorrow. If all goes to plan I'll have lots of photos on Wednesday.
I came home Friday morning and proceeded to pretty much collapse for the day. Mom came over for our 4th celebration dinner and I went to a friend's pool yesterday. That's my way of saying that I didn't get a ton of other things done.
I started quilting the background diamonds on my quilt before I left but haven't gone back to it yet. I'll focus on it this week.
When Mom came over Saturday she wanted to do some sewing so I pulled out the next veterans quilt kit to start on. The ikat fabrics are leftovers from a quilt that Anne made for her BIL (the pizza oven builder). There was just enough fabric to make this quilt. But I'm going to see if I can eek out enough additional pieces to replace the darkest ikat bits. The next round is teal blocks with ikat centers. I'll work on this during this week too.
I'll be back tomorrow afternoon if all goes well and will have lots of mosaic photos Wednesday. Then I can get back to regular programming.
7/6/2020 11:02:29 am
You're doing those found flowers proud. The oven mosaic looks charming. The first photo looked like a miniature igloo to me!
7/6/2020 12:13:37 pm
The pizza oven is looking great. I think the sunflowers were the perfect motif for it.
Tina in NJ
7/6/2020 01:34:16 pm
The quilting on the flower quilt is fabulous! So majestic!
7/6/2020 07:02:05 pm
I love the outdoor oven. That is such a nice thing to have in the summer so they don't have to heat the house up to cook a pizza. (or anything else they decide to bake in it.) i love the mosaic work y'all did on it.
7/7/2020 08:43:03 am
I think you found a new profession - pizza oven mosaic artist! The oven turned out fabulous! I like the blue at the top that looks like sky and the sun on the chimney part. The quilting looks great and that is a pretty top out of those leftover fabrics.
7/7/2020 08:50:15 am
Hi Vicki. You and Anne did a great job on the pizza oven, and it looks fantastic. Given how hot it's been, in the mid 90's here in the Chicago area, you probably felt like you were on the inside of the oven. It's difficult to determine the size of it from the photo though, and wondered how big it actually is. Stay cool, safe, and enjoy your day.
Becky in VA
7/7/2020 01:49:26 pm
I was wondering what you were going to be mosaic-ing - never imagined it would be a pizza oven. How cool - and you did it on some of the hottest days we've had. You and Anne are a great team! Awesome design.
7/8/2020 05:29:55 pm
A mosaic pizza oven - something I've never seen! Looks great though - almost be a shame to actually use it.
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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.