Chess board quilt

This quilt was dreamed up as a lark for a grandson who is way to old to want a quilt for christmas but for whom i made this hoping that it would pique his interest.  I began thinking that the whole quilt would be uniquely constructed small chess board blocks but it because apparent that this would take me about 4 years so I put the blocks that I had already made onto a checker background.  I think the idea is really fun, as each chess board is made of scrappy materials, 1.5 inch squares, and stripes cut and sewn in a staggered way (also the border made this way), and then I ran onto some material that actually had tiny chess boards printed on it…. so a couple of those i sashed and used in the quilt.

This was supposed to be quilted on the diagonal for each of the black squares but, using a long arm quilting machine for the first time in my life (to quilt this) it was apparent that straight lines were probably not what the machine was designed to do…. so within about three squares, I began free-motion quilting according to what each piece of fabric had to offer. This included moving around the arms of the pilots wheel, going in and around the large dots, following the leaves and flowers of some of the fabrics, spiral on the tiny polkadots, and so on.  It was a great experience to use the long arm quilting machine. My thanks to Julie of Stitches near Tri-County mall, who was open to my experimentation. For that I am grateful, as I know i broke all the rules about the use of a free floating top on their backing material and the zipper thing to attach the quilt to the frame.

This quilt is not without it gliches, and there will be no blue ribbons, but I am posting the picture in the hopes that my idea will stimulate someone else to do a really good job on a similar style quilt.

Next quilt i do like this i am determined to make the entire backing out of black and white 3.5 inch squares, ha ha…. currently it is all one color backing, black with small random white dots.

BTW, i really did think the border (made with black and white strip material) was a genius idea.

 

Eggshell mosaic: 4.5 inch egg, multicolor

Egg shells were dyed with pysanky dye, then dried and crushed and assembled into an abstract floral pattern on an apparently plastic egg which I just happened to find inside a paper egg purchased from Hobby Lobby.  The paper egg exterior i used for polymer clay egg (shown here) and the inside, which was pitch black, seemed to be the perfect background for an egg shell mosaic.  This particular egg took me about 10 hours (perhaps an unreasonable amount of time to spend on any egg, SMH) but for me it is a relaxing and unwinding task. Maybe one of you will appreciate it and give it to a friend or loved one for easter.

 

Egg plant : that was a pun — egg and polymer clay here, with plants

This egg was kind of fun to make but it started out as a piece that because of other demands sat for several weeks half done (just the two halves of the egg and a couple of grey round blobs). But in some free time I added flowers and leaves and stems. All these flowers are made with left over clay with flower petals from my Memory-bead business.
It actually goes against my principles of a pristine earth to make things out of plastic (which polymer clay and resin both are), so i am ultra conservative with every scrap.  The egg actually was divided, but i added the strands on the inside and pressed it shut with little round pink dots (haha).
polymer clay, egg, and flowers - eggplant or egg-plant

A little snake egg

I used a recipe for cornstarch and baking soda clay to create an egg shape (small) and wanted to try the method of dissolving out the base egg after the p olymer clay was cured.  I found it very difficult to dissolve out the base clay using a very small hole in the bottom of this one inch egg…. and in the process, broke it into several pieces…. but love’s labor NOT lost, it looked like something could be created (hence this little snake) that would emerge from the broken egg.  A little face only a mother snake could love (LOL).

The tiny broken egg itself I patched with liquid polymer clay (one can still see a tiny seam), then used polymer clay to weight the bottom of the egg to balance the weight of the snake. You can buy an egg like this HERE.

little one inch egg and tiny snake decorated