Author: marcia mcdade

Fine Artist

A New String Quilt 2018

Finished on June 24th in 2019

The Blue and Yellow color scheme is a favorite of mine these days. After an inventory purging and reorganization of my quilting scrapes I am ready to start. I have come up with a pattern and I think I can pull it off with Four different string blocks. I am using a paper piecing technique.

Sorting and Ironing String Scraps
What a process.

Blue and Yellow

all my blue and yellow fabric scraps

Blue and Yellow

Fabric Scraps to be ironed

Blue and Yellow Scraps

I have been ripping some of the scraps so that the process goes faster.

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I like to use tissue paper for paper piecing strings because it tears off easily

My sketch of the pattern and the number of squares I think I will need: 16 yellow patches, 76 blue and yellow patches, 12 light value (pale) patches, and 28 dark blue patches.  These numbers will change I am sure!
**If you look at the quilt you will see that I did not use any of the yellow squares.  It was a nice idea but I came to the conclusion that since the room was yellow–the all yellow patches would be too much.
The only yellow square is in the center and is made up of 4 yellow-blue squares.


for sketching and figuring graph paper works well

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As you can see I like to design as I go.  This sketch today will help me to make some more adjustments while I am making the squares. At the present I have made 21 squares. I have enough to layout the center section and I can see that some adjustments are in order.

The corner where you see the B’s I will add the light blue strips. So I need to make 8 light+dark blue squares. This will provide a nice border in both the inner and the outer bands.

 

I have now added the dark blue and yellow string blocks which surround the lighter blue string blocks. Next I think I will add another row of lighter blue blocks.

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The blue border I added did not work so well this time.  It stretched during the sewing and did not lay flat.  It was on a roll and I inherited it and have had it a long time.  I think it is time to give it to the scrap exchange.  It was trouble!

I Hand quilted this by myself and it took me over a month and then I finished it off with a yellow ochre print binding.

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Final stitches on June 24th 2019

Owl Meditation-Quilting

When you seek out the owl you are searching for your higher self.  This spirit animal reminds us to stay true to ourselves.  Owl flies quietly into our lives but always ask the question “WHO?”   If you Invoke Owl as a Power Animal you are opening a doorway to hidden realms and may find some comfort in getting closer to the voice of the Divine.

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Overall Owl medicine will enable you to navigate any darkness in life. This spirit brings clarity, truth seeing, and attention to detail. When Owl wings its way into your life, you have the opportunity to become far more observant.  In fact, you’ll notice a lot of important details that previously eluded you. The world is filled with layers of symbolism and meaning, and the Owl gives you “new” eyes for seeing.

Check out other post under quilting and see this quilt when I first started it
9 Patch 2 Inch Squares
Or go to Quilts Page

Version #2 Trish’s Cutting Garden

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Making Progress with Watercolors
This is my first session on my 2nd painting of Trish’s Cutting Garden.  The previous painting I stuck with a little too long.  There is a lot of detail but it is a little overworked.  This time I am trying for a looser approach.  The progressive photos will help.  The format is different 10″h x 8″w.  This time no pencil marks.  I am using the Ampersand clay board designed for watercolor. The surface really grabs the color.  There  will be no pushing, or removing color from this surface.