Posts Tagged ‘Dream Rocket’

Hard at Work- I’m on a Roll

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Yes, I really am. Getting a real studio in a building full of other artists and out of my home was the best thing I ever did. I have gotten so much done and I hate to leave at the end of the day. There have been times I have been tempted to stay late but, with it still getting dark early and the fact that we are not in the best neighborhood, I always leave before dark. I have considered taking my dog with me (rather protective German Shepherd) and I think I will next week. There’s plenty of room for him and other artists bring their dogs so, why not? I did take him one day and, when I took him for a walk, it was obvious that the colourful characters who hang out across the street at the Ministry for Community (who sit right out in the open smoking joints, dealing drugs, etc) were very leery of him. I have actually spoken to several of the “regulars” over there…one young man likes to sing and has a wonderful voice (he should have tried out for American Idol- I have no doubt he would have made it) and I encourage him on a regular basis.

Anyway, I have been working on two blocks for the “Dream Rocket” project; one 2’x2′ and one 4’x4′. The former is nearly done and the latter started out as one topic but it just wasn’t working for me. I needed to rework the background because the fabric I purchased was only 44″ wide. Upon reworking the background I came up with a topic that was completely different from the original but on a topic dear to my heart- world literacy. Anyway, here are some photos from the studio taken over the last 2 1/2 weeks.

Water Sprite

The detrius of creativity

What was on my design wall- I have since added more and taken water sprite down.

My 2' x 2' Dream Rocket quilt- Atlantic Canada- SAQA piece. Almost done.

Original 4' x 4' Dream Rocket Quilt was to be on Magnatism and Nikoli Tesla.

Piecing a background out of 3 fabrics to get a large enough piece. Putting the original images on this just didn't feel right.

Still using original drawing for size but it suddenly struck me to do images of space and a book for literacy.

Working title now "Reach for the Stars"

Now have the original piece covered. Good place to stop for the day. Will piece it all together Monday and start the stars.

As you can see, the colours in the last image are a little washed out. I am shooting with my pocket camera. Saving the big camera for when my new lights come.

Patrick (who was my assistant in Kerr Grabowski's class last August) loves the new studio.

Partick has two new friends, compliments of "Squirrel Mama" on Etsy; Max and Marc-Andre.

No studio time tomorrow as I am having a biopsy at 10 am. I figure to use the weekend to heal as I imagine I will be a little sore and I don’t think sewing and wrestling all that fabric around after having my left breast sliced open in several spots would be much fun. So, I will skip my normal Saturday at the studio and stay home and watch my Penguins play (get well soon Max but don’t rush it). And Sunday I will be saying “Who Dat?” as I cheer for the Saints while abusing my diet by eating meatballs, chicken wings and drinking some fine Canadian beer!

Sorry about the sideways pics.  I thought I had fixed them but apparently not.  All I can think of is to delete them and reload them but I am just too tired to do it right now.

New Studio

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

I managed to spend about 15 hours in the studio this week. Did a little more organizing and cleaning and got a lot of quilting done on one piece. Thursday I got the design work done for one of my Dream Rocket project quilts and today I got the main pieces cut out after putting fusible on the fabric. I could not find my MistyFuse so resorted to using some old WonderUnder in the small packages. I have no idea how old it is but I haven’t bought WonderUnder in anything other than bolts in years. Of course AFTER I finished fusing I managed to find the MistyFuse when I opened a box that said it was a dog-waterer. D’uh, the dog waterer is at home! But the pieces are pinned to the background and ready to be fused down. Then I just have to quilt and bind the piece. Good thing it’s a 2′ x 2′ piece and not the 4′ x 4′ piece I want to do also. Sunday is my day to stay at home so Monday I will get most of the piece done and start on the 4 x 4 piece. I also took Kaiser to the studio with me today (which is why I was digging out the waterer….he ended up having to drink out of a cup) and he seemed to enjoy the space. I opened up the futon so he could lay on it but he would only do so when I encouraged him. He spent most of the day on one of my small area rugs. All-in-all it was a good day.

So, now I am writing this and getting ready to go back to hand work.

Oh, and that lovely scarf I was working on actually got finished by Christmas (after I had to unknit it 3 times) but I didn’t get it to the giftee until after because he went on a road trip to Florida right after Christmas. I DID get it to him in time for him to have it for a road trip to Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver where I am sure he needed it.

Au revoir for now.