Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Immediate Do-Over

Here's my latest digital quilt, called Sunrise. The finished size is about 12x18 or so -- I forgot to measure it! I originally finished it early yesterday, but the binding, which was the same fabric as the backing, was too garish...a very bright orange and white batik. So after I finished stitching the binding in place and after sewing seed beads in the ditch around the edge and after photographing the piece...I took it apart and attached the binding you see. Plus put the beads back on! And rephotographed it.

What else have I been up to in the studio? I painted a third study for the Convergence challenge. I'm slowly pole wrapping and stitching a variety of fabrics for an upcoming shibori dye bath. I'm wanting to use up some dyes that have been in the fridge for over a month now, hope to get to that this weekend. I have a fourth idea in mind for Convergence that I want to block out. Another digital piece ready to quilt. Another one designed, and ready for batting and backing.

I've been playing with images of my young kitty, Kirby, but I'm waiting for a new print head for my Canon before I commit to fabric. I swore I'd never use non-OEM ink cartridges when I got my Canon about 18 months ago, but not long ago I bought a black one to try. So of course, the dang thing messed with my print head, I couldn't ever get it clean again, and I had to order a new one yesterday. The bad cartridges plus a new print head cost me about what a set of Canon cartridges would have cost me. Lesson learned. At least Canon cartridges are less expensive and more cost effective than Epson or HP.

9 comments:

Meg in Nelson said...

Pole-wrapping, is THAT what it's called! I kept thinking of a phase to explain it, and came up with loose leg warmers!

And the cheap ink would have been what killed our printer head, too. Ben says we are sticking to Canon ink this time. Yes, Sir! But some colors disappear after... like.... 3 photos.....

Gerrie said...

It is never worth it to use the cheap ink!! Dang!

artymess said...

This beautufl really rich ...what is the image of ?......Lorna

Karen M said...

Sometimes it is so hard, when you want to be done with a work, to make yourself fix something that you notice too late. I'm so glad you did. This is a beautiful piece, well worth the effort to rework it. Thanks for sharing the process.

Judy said...

I'm impressed with your resolve to unstitch, debead and redo the binding area on that quilt! It is really lovely. The photo is stellar!
Thanks for all your encouraging words re the printer, and now for the heads up on printer cartridges. I've begun to play around with our Canon and am seeing some great results....while waiting not so patiently for the BJS to arrive.

xo

maggi21 said...

Beautiful image which works so well in the collage. Been there with the printer inks, they have us over a barrel.

Approachable Art said...

We didn't see the first binding, but I'm thinking you were absolutely right about exchanging it for the current one, which contrasts only slightly and doesn't pull your focus away from the beautiful images and fabrics in the quilt itself.

The color palette you use sings to me, Connie, very exciting.

frazzledsugarplummum said...

Stunning colours to go with the monolith in the image. I'll have some of your patience if you are passing it around....re changing the binding and redoing the stitching and beads. I am looking forward to seeing what your enter will be for the 'convergence' challenge and the latest dyes.

Judy Alexander said...

This is yet another great piece. Love the blue circle on the right. Binding is perfect. Haven't really started the 'convergence' piece yet, just ideas rolling around in my head.