Friday, June 29, 2012

My Quest

I like historical romance novels (but not the ones that use time travel as a conceit) for many reasons. The covers, for example, are the best.

The Greatest Cover of All Time?

I have an ongoing quest as I browse used books-- I'm looking the earliest setting. I don't count the ones with a "faeries" bent because they're usually not pinned to a specific era, but if I saw one with "fae" or whatever that was clearly Pre-Roman Britain, I might make an exception. Viking Ecstasy is my current winner even though it's stupid. He's a Viking (790ce at the earliest) and she's an Ancient Egyptian (343bce at the latest, given the culture the author described).

Before you ask, I don't count Clan of the Cave Bear or its sequels, though I like them very much.

So if you spot anything (even if there's time travel involved) and it takes place before the late 8th century drop me a line!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Stage Crew Face Sketch

"I can't imagine how you're feeling right now."

Another Face

"I can't imagine it either. It's a weird feeling." (Colored pencil)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Functional Bag for Gymnastic Rings

It's not particularly pretty, but it's going to work just fine.

I made the pattern as I went along. There's plenty of velcro and the fabric and construction should hold up to rough wear. I even got to use one of the fancy reinforcing stitches on my machine!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Stage Crew Quilt in Progress

I might have posted this sketch already, but I'm just getting around to working on a quilt about it.

"Stage Crew"

I have absolutely no idea what the dream was about or whether these figures were monsters or people in masks. Also, what was the show and why was I backstage? Was I dressed (or like) them?

Stage Crew in progress

Here they are hanging out on the wall waiting for a background. The background's going to be reddish and the figures receding into it... or maybe coming out.

Monday, June 18, 2012

A Bad Sign Quilt

The last moment of this dream. I woke up before the crash, which was probably a good thing.

A Bad Sign Quilt

18" x 17" Machine appliqued cotton, ribbon, cotton batting. 2012.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dream Valley Quilt

From a dream: cold water, high bridges, steep ridges and mist.


16" x 24.5" Machine appliqued cotton, plastic film, cotton batting. 2012. 

"Valley" Detail

There was a visitor's center too, by the river or some kind of classroom.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Reaching Out Quilt

A new picture of an early quilt. Machine appliqued cotton, cotton batting, polyester fiberfill .15" x 14.5". 2011.

Quilt #3 

This is still one of my favorites because of how I stuffed the veins that reached out into the border. It makes you want to reach out and pinch them. I should do more of that. Raised portions of quilts, not reaching out and pinching things.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Little Black Dress Part 3

This my fifth mock up of the dress, depending on how you want to count it. It's the second pattern I've tried and I think I've got it right this time. 

Dress Mock Up #5 

The next step is finding the perfect fabric. I don't want to be too picky, but I want something I'm going to enjoy wearing.

 Dress Mock Up #5 Back

Monday, June 4, 2012

Sneaking a Smoke Quilt

I liked this doodle so much that I made it in fabric. The matchstick pattern on the binding really does it for me.

"Sneaking a Smoke" 10" x 12.5" Machine appliqued cotton, cotton batting.  2012.

I just wonder what cats are up to when they sit like that.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Can't Draw Bikes

I got about a third of the way into this one before I realized I had no idea what I was doing drawing this bike. I'd finished the important part of the drawing anyway... the cat.

Can't Draw Bikes