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Vase and Flowers

Time seems to be flying past these days. Is it the rumblings of spring, or the fact that every time we have a good weather day I spend most of it outside soaking up the sunshine? Could it be that I spend almost every evening reading. Are there times when the balance shifts and you just have to go with the flow until it shifts back into actually producing art? I have sketches, I have fabric, and soon I intend to have work to show for it.

I did actually accomplish one thing this week. A small piece I started a few months ago when our FAB group got together for a day at Jean’s house. We spent that day experimenting with an applique technique. I decided not to use that technique in this piece, but I did use the vase I cut out for it. And then the experiments continued. I tried out the new couching foot for my DSM to apply yarn stems and leaves. I tried my hand at free-hand drawing of flowers and petals. Liking what I saw I decided to quilt and finish it. During the quilting stage I had the idea to add a few more vases in, shadowed in the background. Which led to some playing with Lumiere paints, and then to painting a base for the vase to actually rest upon. Now I have to decide how to finish this little experimental play piece, but for now it looks like this:

I have finishing options on this, I’m just not sure which to use. I could either bind it (traditionally or with fusible); or I could face it. Do I leave the edges straight? Do I curve the edges? Do I add some sparkle to those flowers or leave them as they are? Or should I put this piece on a painted canvas?

Right now I don’t know, so what I have really done is to add another UFO to the ever growing pile!

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