Saturday, July 2, 2011

"Rainy Spring"...Raindrops and Some Sun...

Two trips to the bead store later.....

I've been making it rain and then this morning the sun came out!

The first gust of rain has blown over the quilt...  ;-)  I think some misty secondary lines will have to be beaded on next.  But before I add that, I just had to see some sunshine peeking through.

Mmmmm....sunshine....

I used the teeny picot edge around the outside of the center circle to space my stitching with this nifty Kreinik holographic 1/16th" ribbon. The color I used is called "Solar Flair"!


This is much, much easier than marking, which I would have had to do because these stitches can't be uneven.

Some pearly gold crystals went inbetween the stitches.  When the quilt is lit properly, they really glow.

Here we are overall as of today....do click on the picture!

After the sections have been assembled and the rain is all done, the next "layer" to add will be the golden green growing things along the outer edge.  That will be fun too, lots of leaves...

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In my last post, Arlene left a comment asking about the subject of crazy quilts in competition.  Judging is a touchy subject and it's important, I think, to have the right attitude towards it.  I plan on writing about that soon...I've had lots of experience not getting into shows, getting into some, and even snagging a few ribbons, so I have thought about all this quite a bit.  More soon.

14 comments :

Elizabeth said...

The graduated crystal rain slashes are wonderful and the whole piece just glows!!!!! The lush greenness around the edge will be a wonderful touch!! Can't wait to see!! there is really no where on earth as lushly luminously green as the PCNW!!!!

Suztats said...

The rain looks very effective. I am enthralled, amazed and delighted with this quilt.

Cathy K said...

Wow, you really did make rain. The effect of those graduated crystals really evokes water! This is such fun to watch unfold. Hugs, Cathy

Conni said...

The "rain" is positively inspired! And so is the "sunshine!"

Deb H said...

Your work is always exquisite. Another piece too beautiful for words.

I look forward to hearing what you have to share on judging & CQ's.
I have entered several quilts (sane not crazy) into shows, & won quite a few ribbons. I have to say though, I learned more from the constructive criticism given by judges than the compliments!

Judy S. said...

Beautiful work, Allie! What bead store did you visit? You certainly put your purchases to good use! Wishing you a few more sunny days even though it may slow down your rainy day progress.....

Esther Gregory said...

I agree the rain is fantastic. Maybe it's just me, but they look upside-down. I think my eye expects the largest piece on bottom.

It really is coming together gorgeously

ARLENE said...

Thanks, Allie. I look forward to reading about your experiences and opinions regarding shows for crazy quilters.

ARLENE said...

Wow! I love seeing the progress on this quilt. As you add each "layer," your vision becomes more and more clear. You've achieved incredible luminosity in your portrayal of the sun. Just beautiful!

amcbritt said...

Allie: I didn't think you could top the work in your book, but this quilt is absolutely breathtaking! It glows-the fabrics you chose are amazing, and the extra effects with beads, etc. just put it over the top. I met you last year at Houston, in front of the American flag crazy quilt. I got your card, and have been following your blog, but I see I should have gotten your autograph instead!! This quilt should win some serious awards! Amy in LA

Rian said...

Love your raindrop treatment!

julia said...

Here's a choir "making rain" that I think you'll enjoy. I love your quilt - it remains me of a kaleidoscope. It's beautiful!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05ip-N0H1Ig

Vicki W said...

It's coming along beautifully!

Vemula Madhu said...

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