Along with coffee & some scrumptious goodies Denny brought.....we began with our usual show and tell while rapidly gasping over Denny's new direction working with collage.She finished adding 'goose poop' triangles (left overs from trimming half-square triangles) to this spiral collage. Next she'll do her magic with major free motion quilting which will add more design while serving to hold all the glued raw edge pieces in place.
When I said we gasped....I wasn't kidding. Next Denny pulled out her project for this meeting. Clever doesn't cover it!!! She's collaged various surface design pieces to a plain cotton background...which included a lot of garment tissue paper pieces. Then, she's drawn a dress form onto heavy plastic as her pattern....
....which was transferred to another piece of muslin. Now her fun really begins....she's cutting scraps using her GO-Pro fitted with flower templates. They are glued onto the muslin, overlapping as she goes. The shape will eventually be covered with bright happy flower shapes.....so 60's....., cut along the outside of the dress form sharpe and applied to her tissue paper covered background. Honestly we all could hardly work on our projects as we kept drifting over to Denny's work area to see how she was progressing.
Judy came up with a novel idea after unearthing a polar bear fabric scene from her stash. She's using a nearly transparent piece of pattern 'paper', somewhat like an interfacing to pin various colors/patterns of fabrics to help guide her as she auditions various fabrics for the trees she'll be adding.
It was taking longer than she hoped but the work paid off as she found the right combo of fabrics that will be turned into trees.....providing the 3-D affect she desired.
Unfortunately, I didn't get a photo of Gen's small bird.....and dear Kate wasn't feeling well so she skipped the meeting. I didn't accomplish a ton, but the decisions/designs shapes were made, which is often more time consuming than the making!! Here's a peek:
I brought a piece of National Non-wovens WoolFelt that I foiled during at recent FJ meeting (thanks to a stack of foil gifted to me by reader Princess Bubbles!).
The sun material has some mottling and wonderful texture....it's dyed cotton batting!! Gen dyed squares of batting in a whole range of colors a couple of years ago and gave them to me. (How many times do I have to rave about what great pals these gals are?!?) Thought, because it's not a super sturdy material.....it needs to be used for just the right purposes....and it sure worked here.
My plan is to add rows of trees....then either machine or hand embroider branches. Everything was cut before I departed for home.....hopefully I can find time to work on it this week. We are in the midst of a big home project....and that has to come before any studio play time. Stay tuned, won't you?? And thank you for visiting!!!
In the meantime, check out these blogs to see what others have been working on this week: Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday, Sarah's Whoop Whoop Friday, Crazy Mom Quilts.