by Sandra | July 12th, 2010
I have to admit I enjoyed having complete time off (a true holiday) from everything way too much. It was the first time in years I have taken so much time away from the working side of my quilting. Sometimes I have to fill up the well again when it is running on empty.
I am buried in emails from the time away and I will answer all of them as soon as I can so be patient.
I did work some more on the Goldfinch block as you see. Are you tiring of seeing this all the time yet? I am just about ready to begin the embroidery transformation process. The magical part that brings it to life.
I wish you could see it in person because the colors are so much better. My Nikon seems to pick up on the blue too much and I am too lazy to go and fuss with the manual settings. Another thing I have to take time for and learn more about. sigh.
As to Michele’s astute question and observation of the fabric I used for the Goldfinch, yes I did use that same fabric I used for the pumpkin flowers on Jason’s quilt. It worked beautifully for the yellows of the Goldfinch.
For those of you who don’t remember, forgot, or whatever, it is the gradient Avlyn Batik in yellows “Cascade Gold”. It is reaaaaaaally hard to find now, but I did find a shop that still had some in stock: Mountain View Quilt Shoppe.
Sara, I did see that the one petal was too dark behind the head of the Goldfinch. This would be too tedious, even for me, to go back and remove and fix so I tried (not as successfully as I hoped) to lighten up the petal with some pencil work. I know I can also use embroidery to help make the Goldfinch’s head stand away from that petal later on in the process too. Embroidery work can also help correct too close of values between applique images with fabulous results.
There is always a fix to these little irritating faux pas in judgement and it can sometimes lead me to a new discovery. So no tears are shed and no having to resort to the use of a seam ripper.
The one thing about taking time off is that there is usually a bigger pile of work to come back to! Oh my, where does one start?