SAL Update: Green Iguana #24

February 3, 2019 at 3:42 pm | Posted in Embroidery | 19 Comments
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Short post this time. The eye has gotten a few more colours. I went from here:

Green Iguana - 2019-01-13

To here:

Green Iguana - 2019-02-03

The lines are much stronger and the first shades of green are making an appearance.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare, Renee and Jenny. Please welcome two new members to our group, Carmela and Jocelyn!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

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SAL Update: Green Iguana #23

January 13, 2019 at 10:13 am | Posted in Embroidery | 17 Comments
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Not much progress this time, but very visible nonetheless. I went from here:

Green Iguana - 2018-12-19

to here:

Green Iguana - 2019-01-13

He’s got an eye! These are just the first 3 and a bit darkest colours, but it’s already looking good. Finishing the eye will really bring out his personality.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie and Clare. Please welcome two new members to our group, Renee and Jenny!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

Challenge 2019 – Music!

December 29, 2018 at 7:59 pm | Posted in Patchwork, Quilting | 4 Comments

Every year, my quilt group issues a challenge to make a small 40×40 cm quilt using specific materials. We show the results in our yearly exhibition. Here’s what I did last year.

This year we got this fabric – black with gold. Challenge 2019 - Fabric

The theme to go with it is, unsurprisingly, “Music”. This was not going to be a problem, and sure enough, one day I got hit by an idea. An additional constraint I give myself for these challenges is to make them out of my stash, if at all possible. So, here’s what I pulled out:

Challenge 2019 - Fabrics

I already had this nice cream and gold fabric, and added some solid black and cream. A very short time later, there was this:

Challenge 2019 - Pieces

Here’s the finished top:

Challenge 2019 - Finished Top

Quilting added some more sparkle, and as I usually do with these challenges, I finished it into a pillow cover:

Challenge 2019 - Finished

Wouldn’t this make a great decoration for a music room? This project went from idea to completion in a couple of weeks, which happens seldom to never for me.

 

SAL Update: Green Iguana #22

December 23, 2018 at 8:30 am | Posted in Embroidery | 13 Comments
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Last time I still was in the middle of some background:

Green Iguana - 2018-12-02

I finished filling it in for another bit, and then moved the frame, so as requested, you get a view of the full design so far, and then the new position of the frame:

Green Iguana - 2018-12-07 - old position

Green Iguana - 2018-12-07 - full design

Green Iguana - 2018-12-07 - new position

Since then I started to fill in the area from the right:

Green Iguana - 2018-12-19

The dark line that’s appearing is the ridge where his eyebrows would be, if he had a single hair on his body. No idea how much I’ll get done during the holidays, we’ll see that next time!

Wishing you all a good start to 2019, see you in January!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie and Clare.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

Another Rainbow Quilt

December 15, 2018 at 3:32 pm | Posted in Patchwork, Quilting | 4 Comments

I’m just now getting around to write about the quilting project that slowed down my embroidery for a while this summer. My favourite Quiltshop was celebrating its 20th birthday with a competition titled “Feuerwerk der Farben” – hard to translate, but approximately “A fireworks of colours”. The task was to create a quilt 45cm wide and 70 cm high fitting the theme. Anybody who’s been reading here for a while knows that I love making things in all the colours of the rainbow, so of course I had to play.

My early ideas were very ambitious and didn’t quite work out for one reason or another, so my design got simpler and simpler as time was starting to run out. The relatively small size requirement didn’t help, either. That was the point where I started collecting all my not-quite-solids and cut squares out of them. Here’s one of the earlier layouts:

Early design with diagonal squares.

I really liked this one, but couldn’t quite nail down a harmonious layout, and the construction would have been fairly complicated. So in the end, I went for a very simple layout:

Rectangular layout of quilt.

After that decision was made, the actual sewing was fairly easy. I went for a stained window look with black strips separating the tiles. Here it is proudly hanging in the exhibition:

The exhibition has been over for quite a while, but you can see what everybody else came up with on the shop’s website. The colours were much more vivid in real life than in the pictures, though!

SAL Update: Green Iguana #22

December 2, 2018 at 1:29 pm | Posted in Embroidery | 14 Comments
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Not that much excitement this time around, but I continued filling in the background and went from this:

Green Iguana - 2018-11-09

to this:

Green Iguana - 2018-12-02

Just a bit more filling in, and then I’ll move the frame so that that empty roundish area to the lower left is in the middle and tackle his eye, which will be back to confetti central!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie and Clare.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #21

November 11, 2018 at 8:28 am | Posted in Embroidery | 12 Comments
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Progress! Here’s where I was last time:

Green Iguana 2018-10-21

First I filled in some of the missing area in the middle:

Green Iguana - 2018-10-27

Next I moved the frame, so here’s a picture of what he looks like overall at the moment:

Green Iguana - 2018-10-27

And here’s the new position of the frame:

Green Iguana - 2018-10-27

… which I used to fill in the upper right corner:

Green Iguana - 2018-11-09

Yay, background! It really is that much faster than all the confetti that make up Mr. Iguanas skin. As you can see from the full picture, though, there’s still quite a bit of his face missing – the area around his eye as well as most of his mouth. So it’ll be back to confetti soon enough.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie and Clare.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #20

October 21, 2018 at 6:53 am | Posted in Embroidery | 13 Comments
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While it may not look like much, things have happened this time. I’ve gone from this:

Green Iguana - 2018-09-30

to this:

Green Iguana 2018-10-21

The last “tooth” is pretty much done, as well as the area immediately to the left of it. When I’m done there, I’ll fill in the area below before moving the frame. After that I’m not quite sure yet what’s next. I could either move the frame to the left, where the eye will be, with lots of fiddly stitching of course, or I could go up for the background area, which goes right up to the upper right corner and is of course much easier to stitch.

Should I continue with doing the hard parts first or give myself a bit of a break? I guess I’ll decide that when I get there.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Catherine, Deborah and Connie! Also a very warm welcome to Clare, the newest member of our SAL!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #19

September 30, 2018 at 8:51 am | Posted in Embroidery | 18 Comments
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Not that much progress to show this time, since I spent two of the last three weeks on vacation – without Mr. Iguana. The remaining week was still productive enough to go from this:

Green Iguana - 2018-09-09

to this:

Green Iguana - 2018-09-30

There’s progress on the last “tooth”, with mostly the lighter colours missing, so you can get quite a good impression of what it’s going to look like at the end. The bit of outline at the left of it goes along the top of his head, so he really starts to take shape now!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Catherine, Deborah and Connie!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #18

September 9, 2018 at 12:21 pm | Posted in Embroidery | 15 Comments
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Working on Mr. Iguana’s crest is quite motivating, since for once it’s not just one itty bitty scale after another. So, during the last three weeks I went from this:

Green Iguana - 2018-08-18

To this:

Green Iguana - 2018-09-09

Three of the four “teeth” that make up his crest are finished, and you can see the outline of the fourth. Before working on that one, which is much more confetti-heavy than the other three, I decided to finish the page the three other teeth were on, which also had the area immediately to the left of the teeth. And I can say, I managed to do so right before taking the picture! This means that five of the twelve pattern pages are completely finished now.

I also broke down and bought another kit by the same producer. It arrived last Friday. The colours are very pretty, but it turns out this one is going to have 36 pattern pages – three times what Mr. Iguana has! Better not think about how long that one will take, given that Mr. Iguana is now officially estimated to be a two-year project.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Catherine, Deborah and Connie!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

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