So not only do I do a lily quilt every year but - as is my habit - try to learn something in the process (now there's an idea huh?!) This year I want to work on my threadpainting - the Ellen Anne Eddy way. So after picking a back ground - Can you guess which one I picked? - Making several trips to the third floor for supplies (my aerobics workout for the day) - I was was ready.
Wait - that brings up another thing I noticed - For a woman who is safely intrenched in the non-fusing camp of quilters - I sure own a lot of fusing supplies. But honestly, I don't have anything against fusers - some of my best friends are fusers - I just don't like to glue my quilt down. Still there is just sometimes where fusing is so much easier for the task at hand!
With that thought, I went though Ellen's process of making a waterlily. Her directions were clear and it was fun playing with all the dazzling fabrics. Running my fingers through them aroused all the dreams of becoming a pretty princess. It was fun being at the machine again - just me - the stabilized background and thread.
But when I was done - that's where the fun stopped. I looked at the waterlily and it was a hot mess. Instead of this fanciful graceful floating flower - I had this - well - you can see. Needless to say, this was my "trial" flower.
yeah, I know - this would have Tim Gunn shaking his head
and Nina Garcia saying, "OMG, what where you thinking!"
But to quote Ellen's blog. . . .
"Everything worth doing is worth doing badly. If you ever want to do anything well, you need to be willing to do it over and over again. Badly at first. You need to be willing to weather that through."
I think that is great advice right?!
I did start a new one today - picking sheers that would show a bit better - editing my thread choices and neatened up my stitching. I just want to say that although Ellen's book is super easy to follow - you better know what you are doing with your machine and free motion quilting or this will be a big leap for you. Luckily - once I got the first one done - I knew exactly what was wrong and the second is coming much nicer.
Ohh and BTW - the waterlily will be a free standing applique - so I will eventually cut it away from the background. Hopefully I'll have more to show you next week!
So what have you been up to creatively??