Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Final Photos before Quilting

Here are the photos I took the other day. This is the final layout. Here are 2 photos of the Dark Shadows - one with flash the other without - does anyone have any suggestions for taking good quality photos without reflections? Dark Shadows hanging from ceiling Final location of Lighter Spirits

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Link to my photos

I'm a day or 2 behind updating my blog, I've put photos in my yahoo album, and unfortunately haven't had a chance yet to resize and move them over. So if anyone is interested in seeing where Pandy progress - she has her own album which you can see by clicking on the Subject of this message. The batting arrived yesterday from eQuilter - I was thrilled to have it delivered in only 4 days! But now that means I need to figure out how I want to quilt this! Keep your fingers crossed! :-D eirdre

Saturday, July 23, 2005


I am being totally lazy - playing on the web, doing laundry, getting my cholesterol checked, etc. The trip to the doctors left a huge bruise on my arm (not my right arm, but hey I'm milking the injury . I set up the tripod today to take a photo of Pandora and figured I'd sneak in for a quick photo. If you look closely you can see my naked studio guest (on the chair). He is always napping, lazier than me! LOL

Friday, July 22, 2005

Spirits Light & Dark

I wish that taking photos of this quilt were better at showing what it actually looks like. The reflection and color change is very hard to photograph. Maybe when I am really ready to take final photos the tulle will help with the reflections. Today I worked on the faces. All the old ones were discarded (too heavy) and I started making lighter ones. I think I will end up needing to use tracing paper to get the final placement and direction, so that they look like they are pulling off from the stuff escaping the box. I also am trying to decide if I want to add a heavier spirit, which sinks to the bottom. I like the way the dark face looks against dress.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Time To Lift Some Spirits

I feel like this is almost the home stretch - I've had a few ideas and tried some more - most were flops. But here are 2 shots of lighter spirits. The faces are only there to show the wing colors, they will be redone. I can't decide on darker stuff at the bottom yet, so maybe I'll add more and see how it looks.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

She Has A Name!

Tristan suggested Emerald Dust, but I think KC wins the prize. Scroll down to see "Why Is The Sky Blue?" Thanks KC! PS - I passed or the Sherbert, Sherbet, Sorbet because there were just too many WW points.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

She needs a name

I'm getting ready to mail out the Green Fairy, but I'm not really happy calling her that. Anyone have any ideas on a name for this young sprite?

Monday, July 11, 2005

1 Down - 1 Close Behind

My self-portrait has been finished for almost a month - but finally I got to the quilting and binding part. I also did a little lipo on my jaw line. A project sitting on the WIP pile for a little bit longer - OVER A YEAR - if you are keeping close track, is my Green Fairy. Basically she has had a face since November 03! Her body, arms, wings, hair, etc were added last summer/fall. Then I got sidetracked. I'm really happy with the quilting and the wool roving for hair - my plan was to felt it into her head after the piece was quilted but it was a nightmare getting the felting needle through the fusible. I figured done is better than bleeding all over it - those felting needles are very sharp! Here is her closeup. The only thing left - will get to it this evening if I am lucky - is the binding - and to sew down the dragonfly. Now I can get back to Pandora!

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Wispy spirits

Sitting here at 4:30 in my PJ's is not normal for me. But I feel like I've accomplished something so I'm not all that upset. This morning after many mugs of coffee, I started working on the box again. It took a couple of tries before the opening seemed ok, but I am very happy with the way it looks now. Then after a quick snack break, I came back to work on the stuff coming out of the box. The wisps closest to her head seemed heavy (and they photograph terribly!), so I redid them a little at a time. In person they look better than they do here but I'm hoping with more time and a tripod I can get some photos with less reflection. I've also redone the faces and all in all I'm very happy with the results. To attach these will be interesting - but I think if I cover everything with silver/grey bridal illusion and sew over it with gold and silver thread - that might work - of course I'm sure I will chicken out and just sew it down with invisible.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

The Box is Open

Today's work involved taking out millions of stitches - teeny tiny ones - oh and did I mention they were in pre-quilted velvet? If I wasn't so cheap I would have just resewn the darn thing. But... after struggling to open up the bottom edge, I was happy with the shape of the box. The shadows of the box still need angle adjustments but I'm very pleased with the feeling of this section. Here is a close up and full view. Please click for enlarged images.