Sunday, April 25, 2010

More Weaving Experiments +++

I had some left over fabric from a basket I crocheted that will be submitted to the silent auction to raise money for the Austin Area Quilt Guild.  There will be a show in the Fall of this year.  I used lots of old t-shirts and cut them into strips, stretched them out and rolled them into yarn-like balls.  The basket is lined with batting and fabric and still needs a crocheted edge at the top.  I took the left over fabric pieces and fused it to a stabilizer, cut it into strips and started weaving.  They will make good postcards or greeting cards after embellishing.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Just Experimenting with Fabric Weaving

Torn strips on muslin


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

An English Rose

Can't remember the name of this rose but I bought it online about 16 years ago.  This is the first year that it is blooming without a black disease on the petals.  Hope all the buds on the bush open up as beautifully as this one.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Mealy Blue Sage

Just a few things blooming in my garden but the mealy blue sage is by far the prettiest.

An Inspiring Video about Color

Pam Holland created an inspiring video about color.  It's on The Quilt Show site: .  At the bottom of that page, there is also a very colorful slideshow.  Hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

My HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Printer

I did some test printing today on my fairly new printer.  I used photos I have taken in the past couple of weeks.  The best prints by far are on glossy photo paper.  Second best are prints on transfer paper (printed on paper and ironed onto fabric).  The least successful of what I tested today was printing on silk fabric sheets.  Here are some photos of some samples.


Original Photo

Left is on glossy photo paper
Right is on iron-on transfer paper
Ironed onto PFD fabric



Collage of photo
in Photoshop

Collage printed on silk photo sheet


Monday, April 5, 2010

A Dove and a Squirrel

I visited my friend Anita today and love roaming around in her backyard with my camera.  Caught a squirrel running up and down a tree when I was in the house and I knew by the time I got outside he would be gone.  So this picture was taken through the sliding glass door.  He stayed in that one spot for quite a while. Out in the backyard is a large screened in cage with doves.  Here's a picture of a mama sitting on her nest of eggs. Isn't she beautiful?

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Manipulations with Picasa and Photoshop Elements

I learned a little bit more about manipulating photos in Photoshop Elements, on Thursday, in my digital photography class.  I tried some things out today and had lots of fun.  This first picture was very boring but I think the leaves look useable now for a small art quilt.

Next, I started out with one of the pictures I took in NYC last year of the 59th St Bridge while riding the Roosevelt Tram and between Picasa and Photoshop, this is what I came up with.  I need to keep playing so I will learn how to use all the tools.  It's the 'layers' I haven't yet been able to master, but I'll keep on trying. Click on the individual pictures for a better view.

                                                        original picture

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