Who cares? It's finished now!!!!!
The weather outside is frightful, and indoor pictures are less than wonderful, but I must share!
|Irish Lass is FINISHED - yay!!!|
59" x 71"
Irish Lass has been quilted, rinsed (twice), blocked, and bound.
Here is a "BEFORE" shot for comparison.
|This was also "before" I fixed the oops at the bottom edge!|
Since going through the wash, the quilt has become extremely soft to touch. It also changed the look of the quilting from smooth and firm, to super crinkly.
|When I stitched the feathers in the border I'd left space at the outside edge for a regular binding,|
but then...I changed my plan (sped things up) and bound entirely by machine.
The tips of the feathers are just under the edge. So sue me. Ha!
O my gosh, I love it so much!
In celebration, I'm joining up with A Lovely Year of Finishes at Bittersweet Designs & Fiber of All Sorts.
(I'd set my April goals for ALYoF in this post.)
Making a plan to finish an old UFO.
Tried my hand at oil painting at this month's library art night. I'd never touched the stuff before, so there was much to learn.
Did I mention these workshops are FREE? Even the supplies are provided. I love that I can have a little taste of a technique without spending a fortune.
|This paint set belongs to the library.|
The paint didn't smell as strong as I'd thought it would, and clean up was simpler than I'd anticipated as well.
After learning about various supplies, we dove in and started painting. I'd wanted to sketch on my canvas with a pencil first. Nope, not allowed! I was pushed right out of my comfort zone and into the paint! Glub!
|Three painters, three interpretations!|
The top one is mine.
Isn't it amazing how the same subject is interpreted so differently from person to person? Delightful!
Oil paint is incredibly strange to work with (it doesn't flow), but fun! My flowers need a bit more work (I got some finishing tips on the way out the door), so I may pick up a student set of oils next time I go to Walmart. At least now I know what to do with them!
Do you like trying new things? What kind of opportunities are available where you live?
Linking up with:
A Lovely Year of Finishes
A Stitch in Time, at Such a Sew and Sew
Anything Goes Monday, at Stitch by Stitch
Linky Tuesday, at Freemotion by the River
Show and Tell Tuesday, at i have to say
Let's Bee Social, at Sew Fresh Quilts
I Quilt Thursdays, at Pretty Bobbins
Needle and Thread Thursday, at My Quilt Infatuation
Try, Learn, Grow!
P.S. I must mention that "Irish Lass" was one of my choices for The Library Project quilt along at Chezzetcook Modern Quilts (where I'm checking in for the month of May with this finish), AND that it was made using ONLY fabrics from my stash, in keeping with my Fabriholics Pledge (which is in effect until the last day of June... but who's counting!) Want to know more? Check out the buttons on my side bar!