Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Fireworks!


This is the small piece I used for experimenting with the oil pastels for the journal quilt discussed in the posts below.

Finished, it is 5.25 x 8.25 and is hand-quilted & embroidered. Although very small, it took me HOURS to embroider & quilt.

Not a problem - because it is the perfect thing to do when watching television (really almost the only way I can watch tv), and on one Sat. night when Fee was out of town, I indulged in an As Time Goes By marathon. Nina ordered the first set of DVDs and loaned them to Thomas, another fan, who ordered the second set. Thanks to both of you! I love Dame Judi and the show makes me smile -over and over- and then, when least expected, laugh out loud! Still have the second set, and try to parcel them out instead of watching several episodes at once.

At any rate, this kind of hand work must take me much longer than it does other people, so I'd never venture into anything large, but for small pieces it provides the perfect television occupation. I may go back and do some beading on this tiny little piece.

And on the subject of television series, I have pre-ordered the first year of Boston Legal. I have only been able to see it a few times because it comes on Tuesday nights - which is one of my Tai Chi class nights. The few times I've been able to catch it, I've adored it! When I saw that I could get the DVD of the first year, the keyboard was on fire to Amazon.com.

13 comments:

  1. I love Boston Legal. We DVR it every week. And now Tom Selleck was a guest last night. (I haven't watched it, yet.) I am so excited.

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  2. Ooooh, the fireworks piece is cool! You really captured the look.

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  3. Jen, this is a lovely little piece.

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  4. Oh, this is very nice! I love fireworks! And you have a great ability to capture night...both of your pieces are wonderful!
    DebbyMc

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  5. Jen, I love this little quilt, I love hand quilting/embroidery but as you noticed it takes time, what fabric and threads did you use for this, I have been away and am behind with my blog reading so I am reading 'backwards',

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  6. Jen, those cylindrical shaped lanterns are mesmerizing. The best things come in small packages. This is beautiful!

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  7. oooh - this is a gem, Jen.

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  8. Jules - I'm definitely a B.L. fan!

    Deb, Micki, DebbyMc, Mary, & Rayna - thanks so much for kind remarks...much appreciated.

    Frances - Kona fabric (I think), Sulky :( metallics, King Tut's Ramses Red variagated thread for "Lanterns," DMC embroidery floss for "Fireworks."

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  9. What a beautiful piece, lovely work

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  10. Beautiful piece. I'm finding out that when it gets into 'hours' on one little piece you have to just love the process or you're lost! Through fabric I'm learning to just settle down and enjoy the process (the work!) not just the finished product.
    Thanks for sharing this image. It's interesting to see a series and how they progress.

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  11. Thanks, Marion!

    I agree, Sande. The joy is in the process. I''m always anticipating the finished piece - but the pleasure is in the work itself and when it is finished, there are so many other things to work on that the finished piece immediately goes into the background of my thoughts.

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  12. Lovely piece Jen. TV and handwork an absolute must in my house - except when we watch subtitled films.

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  13. Really beautiful. I use TV to get things done too. Otherwise I don't think I could sit still that long. Except for episodes of "24". Love your quilts.

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