MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

A new planting

Well folks, the lilac bush has been replanted and it's blooming profusely - much better than the more-sickly previous version!!  



What was the fix, you ask??  Well, I reprinted the lilacs onto fabric using a different setting on my computer and that made them brighter....a good thing.  Then I judiciously fussy cut them and applied them to the quilt.  I followed that up with some embroidered 'twigs/stems' and some randomly placed French knots to add a bit of dimension to the shrub.  Much better!!!

- Have a look at the amazing knitting done by THIS artist.

- And the work by THIS artist (click through her gallery), and THIS one too (be sure to check out her various subject headings).

- THIS is made using paper but there's no reason you couldn't also make it in fabric.

- Although many of THESE are paid patterns, perhaps something might catch your eye.

- THIS is a sweet little crocheted flower pattern that would be a fun addition to so many things.  And THIS is another one.

Your quote..."The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us but those who win battles we know nothing about"





17 comments:

  1. Oooh la la! I am loving that beautiful lilac bush! Beautiul work, my friend :)

    Hugs to you!

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  2. It's always fun to see your links. Your research skills are great.And the lilac is doing lovely now. I can see what you were aiming for, it's very successful.

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  3. So, so happy I can see a beautiful lilac bush. =) It does look fabulous, Mary Ann. Loving those gorgeous greens near the lilac...they make everything PoP!!

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  4. Anonymous6:29 PM

    Hi Maryanne wow this is fantastic and the lilac bush is amazing ,it looks so real,well done my friend ,your work is so beautiful xx

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  5. Mary Anne, your dedication to your idea of the lilac has paid off. The stems and branches make it life-like. If you never did another thing on the barn quilt it would be a winner as is. Fabulous!

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  6. The beauty continues! Good work

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    1. Thank you!!! I'm happier with it now.

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  7. It looks wonderful. I just love the way you paint with fabric.

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  8. It’s wonderful! Your barns are wonderful!

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  9. Man, you nailed it on how to create that beautiful bush. I am so interested in all the details you give in creating these pictures. Great post with some good links today too.
    xx, Carol

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  10. Oh my goodness!!! The difference is like night and day. I thought I had left a comment on your last post, but it doesn't show so maybe I failed to do so. Whatever I wrote (or didn't write) then, I simply didn't know how much better the lilacs could look. You are my hero! I can't imagine ever doing this kind of detailed work, but I admire your tenacity and working toward something being really good. I am reminded that this kind of persistence (when one knows it can be better) is so worth it.

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    1. Yay! So glad you could see the difference and 'got' what I was trying to create. Not so sure that tenacity is quite right - it's more like sheer stubbornness...lol. Tomorrow's blog post should (fingers crossed) show the finished project. (and I didn't see a comment from you on my previous post - perhaps it got gobbled up in the air!).

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    2. I probably got distracted and closed my computer down before I submitted the comment. I wrote something about thinking you were going to write about trimming (real) lilac bushes after reading your first line of last week's post. :)

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  11. Good for you! That's part of being an artist, not quitting
    until it looks like you know it should.
    Your tenacity paid off.

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  12. Oh yes you are so smart to cut and redo this lovely landscape with the lilacs and green pastures. It looks clean and neat now. Wow to the knitting...I was trying to knit a washcloth in order to expand and knit a baby blanket...4 hours later I have one corner about an inch in size and it has a major flaw! I better get my crochet hook instead of those awkward knitting needles! I am a solid believer of today’s quote. August Awe...<3

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  13. Great job on the lilacs. This method works much better. Congrats! Thanks for the links,.

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  14. the depth of the finished piece in the latest post is your reward for this attention to detail, this dedication. I am completely captivated by the processes you have gone through to achiweve such a fabulous result.

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