Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Finished Pisces art quilt

At last I have sent the manuscript and CD's of images off to the publisher. Now I look forward to seeing how they lay out the pages. I wonder how much input I will have from now on.

With all the rain we have been having recently I have been able to do a lot of stitching. I have finished the Pisces art quilt sooner than I expected. It is all free machined and has turned out very 'pretty' which wasn't intentional. It just grew that way and I like it. Best of all , I really enjoyed stitching it. I find free machining very therapeutic. As usual, photographing shiny fabrics and metallic threads isn't easy and so the richness and sheen isn't quite as it is in reality.

I did think of putting some beads onto it and am still undecided. i will keep looking at it and if the urge doesn't present itself strong enough I will follow the saying ' If in doubt, leave it out'.

Close up of the aqua green fish.

Close up of purple fish.
Close up of purple fish.

I have already started the next piece. Spent much of today testing out different dyes on some fabric. I need to pin notes to each test piece so that I remember what I did.

It was a nice day yesterday so we went to our local market town for a walk by the river. Bought some fabrics and replaced some of the threads I used up on the Sheep in the snow quilt. Back for lunch and then a run to Whitby which was very busy with all the coach trips that descend on the town this time of the year. We didn't stay long.

The garden is looking good - very colourful. Two of my favourite flowers are at their best at the moment.

Satan's tongue
Satan's tongue

Satan's tongue is sometimes called 'mother-in-law's tongue'. I prefer the former. It is such a rich red colour.

Time to get back to my next piece so cheers everyone.


Jacquelines blog said...

It is gorgeous Shirley!!!

Shirley Anne Sherris said...

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The fish are superb as always,delicate colours and no need of beads.

sharon young

Fabulous finish, Shirley. I love the treatment of the fish scales and for what it’s worth I think it’s perfect as it is.
Funnily enough I had such a rubbish day today I had to go to Whitby (in my head unfortunately) to get over myself, there were no coach parties there of course :-)
Thanks for your good wishes re the course, I’ve a feeling I’ll need all the help I can get!!

Karen Hall said...

Love the fish - very .... well very fishy

Genie said...

Great work Shirley, love the colours

Purple Missus said...

Excellent. Your machine stitching is superb.
The book is getting nearer now - bet you are really excited :)