Thursday, March 14, 2013

This and That

I've been working on a few things...
The Italian quilt is still my main project. I want to update the last post about stitching over the Glad Press N Seal. It is easier to pull off if you stitch over it once, peel, and then go back over the stitching (if you want).
I stitched my design several times and then peeled. Wasn't quite as easy as I thought it would be! Also, I wanted the design to look like the rod iron you see in Italy... I needed a heavier thread. Below you can see where I re-stitched. I like the look so much better, and should have used it from the get-go.


You can see, in the photo above, the difference between the heavier thread and regular thread. I just wish my FMQing skills were better. Hopefully time and practice will work that one out.

I needed a break from the Italian quilt, so I have started another heron. This one is much bigger than my usual ones. It measures 44x30. I've already ripped out the tree on the right. I want to put in shadow like trees, as this is a night time picture. I got the inspiration for this piece from an art quilt shown in one of my quilting magazines. However, I haven't located the picture to give credit to the creator or the magazine. I'll keep searching.


 The other inspiration for this piece is a huge rookery in our neighborhood. We have an area where the Great Blue Herons have built nests high in the pine trees near a pond. Each tree has at least 4-5 nests. Did you know heron eggs are blue?


This picture shows 5 nests! But... there were more!!!


A close-up of one of the parents feeding a chick.

I also need to work on something to donate to my garden club's charity auction and fashion show next Tuesday. Need to hustle on that one.

That's it for now...
Keep stitchin' for the ones you love.
Hugs from Mary

8 comments:

  1. Very cool! I like the wrought iron quilting. I, too have been working on improving my quilting. It does seem to be getting better and better the more I practice. Have a super day!

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  2. ohhh this is great - love the composition!

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  3. Hi, Mary. Birds make such fantastic subjects--how cool to have those herons so close and nesting no less. I also liked your wrought iron design with the heavy thread. Very pretty.
    best, nadia

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  4. Love the water in the heron piece!

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    1. Judy, I'm so honored by your comment. I love your work and have learned so much from your blog.
      Many thanks,
      Mary

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