Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Something New : :

Besides lots of family fun throughout the long weekend, I did some serious shuffling around in my sewing room, to make a better space for the kiddos who will be joining me in here so much more once this school year wraps up later this week. I did some very rewarding thrifting, which I can't wait to share this week! And just before the weekend started, I started something new!

thread sketch wip

This quilt, that I have so enjoyed making, although a little longish in the making - I know, will be headed to it's new home at some point this Summer. I'm excited to see it go, but of course will miss it!

almost quilted

In preparation for it's absence and because I've been holding onto several new, but vague ideas for these stitched sketches for a while now, I decided to begin a new one, finally! I shared a few quick pics on Instagram and my facbook as it was starting to come together, and the response I received was pretty wonderful, thank you for that. The encouragement really made me think that I should both be making more time for these types of projects and that I should put some real effort into it.

Stitch sketching and it feels good, although I still don't know what my plan is. I need to make more time for this stuff! #noplan #threadsketching

Last night's progress. I have an idea for her that I'm excited about today! #stitched #threadsketching #mysewingmuse

With this type of work I always just sort of begin, no sketching, no solid plan, but I think next time I'm going to lay it all out and see how that works for me.

thread tails

I do know where this one is headed now and I'm excited! For my last one, because of who will be receiving it, I worked with almost all Anna Maria Horner fabrics. But this time I hope to use all Art Gallery Fabrics and, of course, I'll be sure to share how it all comes together!!

thread sketch wip

How about you, did you start anything newMaureen

54 comments:

  1. Super stylish sketch work on the machine ... I'm loving the path you are on :)

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  2. Oh Maureen, she's just breathtakingly beautiful. So expressive. And I still get butterflies when I see your other one. :)
    xx

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  3. Lovely, Maureen. I am amazed at your stitching abilities. I would love to become that skilled one day. I think you're onto something wonderful, and you should keep going. Lovely work.

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  4. Extremely impressed and in awe of your talent. You are on a wonderful path. Keep going and keep sharing because I find your work inspiring. A true fan, Karen Wills from Dixieland Crafts

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  5. I remember this time of the year with smiles and wonderful warmth. I loved the end of the school year when I could have my daughter home with all day. Enjoy those little rug rats

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  6. Maureen, you've been blessed with an amazing gift! I feel priviledged to see the art that you're producing, truly. I do hope that you'll continue this type of quilting as it seems to draw out your natural talent. I can't wait to see the finished quilt!! :)

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  7. I love your work! I'm so glad I found your blog through Facebook. Your thread portraits are stunning.

    Yes, I started a new project this weekend. It is a baby girl quilt made with a charm pack from Me & My Sister's Twirl fabric line. I'm excited to get started cutting today. Yesterday I planned the quilt and figured out the dimensions I wanted. Hopefully, I'll start sewing charms to sashing strips later this week....sewing is my favorite part of the quilting process!

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  8. Amazing! Can't wait to see how it comes together.

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  9. Maureen, I always knew that you were a fantastic quilter, but now I see you're a true artist in every sense of the word. Your embroidered lady is stunningly beautiful and this is definitely a path that you should pursue. Talent like this should not be ignored but encouraged.

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  10. Wow Maureen, I already love this! Do you really just put a 'white canvas' on your sewing machine and start?! But I know you are an artist! x Teje

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  11. Oh! That eye is beeyootiful. Stunning work. I love to follow this progress.

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  12. Maureen,
    I am almost speechless. I am sooooo very glad that you are persuing this side of your talent. You can tell that this is coming from your heart. She feels so real even to us so I know she is special to you. I know this is a cliche, but Embrace your Creativity. It is awesome.xo jan

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  13. Very lovely work, Maureen. I'm inspired by all you do. Thank you for sharing your vision with the world.
    xoxo
    Green

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  14. Love the new sketch. Absolutely love it!

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  16. This is gorgeous!! xx

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  17. I love thread sketching with my machine. It's fun and challenging at the same time (kinda like working in reverse). Keep the fun coming! It inspires me!

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  18. I'm so amazed with what you can do with a simple sewing machine. I can't even begin to imagine how to do that. I love this one.

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  19. Those are so beautiful! How do you do it? to you draw the picture first and then sew or stitch and sew at the same time?
    Beautiful!

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    1. You need some type of stabilizer. This time I used a Thermo-web fusible fleece to stabilize my white fabric and I love it! Then I just started drawing with black thread loading into my sewing machine, using the straight stitch at a normal stitch length. I can then go in and do free motion quilting to draw a bit quicker and with an easy movement, but this time I wanted to try out several different stitches, so I didn't do free motion yet.

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  20. Love your thread sketches. Just beautiful

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  21. Wow what a work of art...amazingly beautiful

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  22. Sheesh, I was sure that was a sketch on top, I was surprised to scroll down and see it wasn't - amazing work. I'm not artistic in that way at all but seeing what you can do with that is making me think I should at least give it a shot, maybe I'll surprise myself!

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  23. She is beautiful! I am so very impressed with the talent that you have. It is so original and unique. I wish I had a tenth of your talent and creativity. Can't wait to see more.

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  24. wow, totally stunning!!! YOu're so amazingly talented, Maureen.

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  25. I love this work, Maureen!!!!!! I can't imagine being able to to draw with stitch and no sketch. I hope that you have time to do more of this type of art work. It is really stunning and your "calling". You made my day!!!!!!!
    XXXX

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  26. Wow! This is amazing. You are so talented. I can't believe you don't even sketch it out beforehand....I can't even sketch this good with pencil and paper. Thank you for sharing you talents with us.

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  27. Very nice - again, you are so inspirational!

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  28. Fabulous, just love the eyelashes!

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  29. These are just amazing!! You are so talented.

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  30. Wow! This is just stunning. I loved your first girl. Definitely one of my favorite pieces of yours. But this one is just a step beyond. The movement she has is so wonderful.

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  31. wow you did all that in thread??? awesome..... even the eyes?? well done

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  32. Maureen, it's gorgeous!! The amount of control you have is so impressive. I just love it.

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  33. hmmm.... those big, beautiful eyes & that cute little nose look familiar... :) :)

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  34. I went and bought fabric for another quilt for my oldest granddaughter. I also picked up some fabric to start several aprons I want to make with my sister Leica (pronounced Lisa). She is just learning to sew and I am excited to get together with her once a week and start new projects. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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  35. A-MA-ZING!!!! I mean WOW. Your an artist not just a quilter!

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  37. This is why I follow you! Positively gorgeous, always inspiring,yet gracious and humble. your "girls"are delightful, cannot wait to see what else you stitch up

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  45. Wow, amazingly beautiful, you are sooooo talented Maureen!!! What a beautiful gift for a quilting friend - a panel made by your own hands ....sigh....!I have never used stabilizer before, is it a spray? What does it do to the fabric to help free motion 'draw'? Does it just make it stiffer so its easier to work with? Ooooh Im so inspired! Thankyou for sharing your work its truely beautiful, love to see your unique creations xxx

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  46. Maureen, I am in awe of your fabulous talents to begin with. But, the sketch stitching is absolutely amazing. I can not wait to see how you finish this piece of art.

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  47. Wow! The eyes are fantastic! Loving this...can't wait to see the finished project!

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  48. This is so incredible. How are you even doing this without a free motion foot on there?!

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  49. I absolutely love your sketch stitching!

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