For many years we celebrated Thanksgiving at my brother's home in Austin, Texas. Roy and I would drive from Mississippi through East Texas and pick up my parents for the large family/friends gathering. This year Linda and I ate the buffet at Golden Corral. The food was acceptable but not memorable. A good thing and a sad thing--we didn't have all those delicious leftovers. But we were thankful for many things!
I had the neatest surprise recently. I love to make and mail fabric postcards. One I sent in 2007 turned up in an estate sale and was returned to me. What a delight to know that someone had placed this little card among her keepers. An additional surprise was to see that the postage stamp pictured the image of my Baltimore Album quilt. At the time I had these stamps printed, first class rate was 41 cents. Did you know you could get stamps printed with your choice of images (for a small fee)?
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I have made progress on the three cats fabric collage, beginning on the left with Rahrah. Her coloring is a strange mixture of tan, gray, orange, with a hint of darker stripes irregularly placed.
Tarbaby is in the middle, with his solid black fur, highlighted by some sunlight from the window.
Elizabeth is done with shades of lavender and purple for a little whimsy.
link to the article and pictures in the Hattiesburg American.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017
I enjoyed creating the fabric collage of Elizabeth (and have so much fabric already sorted by color!) that I think I will tackle another piece, this time of all three cats. They are intently looking out a window with bright sunshine on the table and on their backs, making interesting highlights. There is probably a squirrel or lizard out there.
|Rahrah, Tarbaby, and Elizabeth|
|My starting point|
Saturday, November 11, 2017
|Elizabeth, My Almost Perfect Cat, 34" x 25"|
I thought and experimented with several ways to depict her whiskers (and even those little eyebrow hairs) and decided on a Madiera Glamour thread in two sizes--two-ply and six-ply white/glittery thread with a touch of glue for stiffness. The whiskers are attached to the face but are loose except where they are sewn in. They are stitched to a tiny bit of batting over white lace, which added a slight fullness or puffiness to the two cheek pads.
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|Detail of whiskers|
|Elizabeth checking on the Madiera threads|
|Ear hair made with hairy ribbon overlaid with tulle|
|Okay, can I take a nap in your lap now?|
Saturday, November 4, 2017
|Elizabeth on the background|
|Adding more shadows|
|Trying to quilt with Elizabeth's help|
|She seems quite pleased--won't stay off of it!|
|All done but the whiskers and facing|