Saturday, April 24, 2010

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And with the requisite waving of arms and tentacles, I tried it.  I did it at home.  On heavy machinery.  Well, actually, it's not my heaviest machine.  That would be my mom's old Kenmore that needs a visit to the repair shop and some new parts and which lives under the table.  I used my Viking Husquvarna.  And I survived.



I did a thread sketch á la Karen M over at RabbitsEatQuilts.  Karen has consistently done amazing work with her machine illustrating each week's Creative Cue.  So I decided to try it.  I am a pretty good free motion quilter, so how hard could it be?  Ha!  Deceptively difficult.  I have appreciated each and every one of Karen's sketches, but now I have an appreciation so deep as to defy description.  These are hard.

Last week's Creative Cue was "side"  -- as in: side of beef.  At least that's what I thought.  And this week was "full"  -- as in: full of steaks.  So, because I am a couple of weeks behind, I am killing two birds with one stone (I really like birds and wouldn't kill them with stones or anything else so don't send me an email about this).  I do like steak and occasionally grill one out back, but they come wrapped in see-through plastic and in no way resemble these critters  (it's just easier that way).  I drive past a field where sometimes these lovely long-horned creatures hang out and I love to stop and snap their pictures.  Unfortunately, they all get up and leave when I approach.  So I have to shoot fast.  I want to make a quilt featuring their wonderful bovine faces.  This was the first step.

5 comments:

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I remember the first time I tried to *write* my name with the sewing machine....okay...MY NAME, that I've written day after day.
It looked like a drunken elf had been there!
I will say, when I was still doing fiber art, I finally got the hang of freemotion drawing, and boy---is it ever an ART!
And your longhorn looks FINE!

XXOO!!
Anne

Terri Stegmiller said...

LOL! Love this post and your sense of humor. I think you thread sketch turned out great and I hope you try it again.

Karen M said...

Great post, you really had me laughing. And I love the look on that cow's (or is it a bull?) face. Very expressive. I think you did a great job. And I can't get the image of you running after them with your camera out of my mind. Those horns are a little scary.

And thanks for the compliments. Now I've got to get myself out of school vacation mode and back to work.

Sara said...

lol...I'll never look at thread painting the same again,,,

Linda Moran said...

This is really cool! I tried thread painting on printed stuff and realized I have a long way to go I'm not sure I'm ready for what you attempted. Kudos!!