WIP Wednesday and a portrait…

I almost skipped today’s post, but I decided to give it to you anyway…


First up, my table runner

My first time machine quilting

So, I’m cruising along… and I get to the last block…

How did I miss this?  I didn’t see it till I made that last long loop down into the lower center!

I know what I have to do, but I am sorely tempted to just leave it and tell myself, “Live and learn.”

Now for the other table runner.  Do you recall my chicken block?  Well, I decided to make a basket of eggs to accompany it.

So I drafted my idea out and made notes about what I needed in the way of fabrics.

Feeling good so far.

So there are three things that are bothering me to distractionThe bottom of the basket is curved the wrong direction, the handle is crooked, and I am hoping that when I wash all the starch out that the burn through on the eggs will disappear. 

Not holding my breath.  😉

OK, so that’s it for sewing.   Now on to the portrait!

Can’t have a Farmlet post without a critter picture, now can we?

It’s my little dog Tucker!

We had just been playing with the rings and he was doing his doggie aerobatics, hanging on while I lift him off the ground, and growling so viciously.  That’s when I got the idea, I could use my new tripod to take a picture of his antics!  So I quickly brought it in and set it up…

He looks at me strangely and hops up onto the bed.  No amount of coaxing would change his mind, that was it, game over.   So I made the best of it and took a portrait picture of him! I mean, why not?  Since he was posing so nicely!


28 thoughts on “WIP Wednesday and a portrait…

  1. littlesundog says:

    Aggggh! Don’t you just hate it when you work so hard on a project and it’s nearing completion and then… you… see… OMG!!! What have I DONE??? I sure do hate that feeling. Makes me sick, but like you, I know what must be done. The runner is looking great though! I think you’re too critical about the basket… of course I’m not a quilter. I didn’t see any of the basket problems until you pointed them out!

    Tucker looks like he’s a ham! He’s handsome and very photogenic. Good job on the portrait shot! Just keep trying to capture him at his antics.

  2. magsx2 says:

    Your quilting is lovely, mistakes and all. 🙂 I am totally useless at things like this, and really admire people that are good with their hands.

    Tucker looks so cute just laying there on the bed. 😀

  3. pattisj says:

    I think the curve at the bottom of the basket looks all right. The handles on most hand-woven baskets I’ve seen are not symmetrical. And if you’re talking about the speckling on the eggs, some eggs come that way. I think they add character to the collection of eggs in the basket. Cute poser you have there at the bottom.

    • pixilated2 says:

      Thank you Patti, The burn through was the colors of the underlying eggs that showed through the fabric when I ironed it. The speckles were in the fabric which is why I chose them. Did you know that many people don’t know that all eggs aren’t white? I was shocked, but it’s true! I will tell Tucker that you said he was cute. 😉 ~ L

  4. sassafrasvalley says:

    oh my……you silly goose, crazy artist…. dont you know that beauty does not exist in perfection, but in the absence of it? That is the truth.

    That is not to say I dont do this myself. I do.

    But I saw nothing wrong with your works. Especially the basket! I loved how the bottom curve repeated the top curve~

  5. pam says:

    I think the runner is sort of an optical illusion! I’d leave it that way and see how many people notice it. The basket I love as is… but what do you mean by “burn through?” The concave basket bottom and crooked handle are aspects of an authentic basket. 🙂

    Love the Tucker portrait! Now how about Buddy?

    • pixilated2 says:

      Pam, the burn through is where the fabric colors in the eggs show through to the surface of the overlapping fabric on top. Notice the blue egg to the far right?

      Buddy is next, but he needs a bath first! I also want to get him out on the trail for his pictures… that is where he really perks up!!! 😉
      ~ L

  6. tootlepedal says:

    You are obviously not a proper artist or you would have been able to say something like: “the final block represents the feeling of incompleteness that the the true artist feels when contemplating the relentless search for perfection that disfigures so much of the regimented consumerist world we are forced to live in today. It is my gesture as an individual against the tyranny of conformism”….or to put in another way: ooops!

    On the other hand, the reverse curve on the egg basket looks lovely.

  7. Anke says:

    Do you know how long I stared at your runner until I finally saw what you were talking about? I know it would aggravate me if it happened to me, but I’m not sure I could undo all the work I put into it. If it were me, I would probably leave it and consider it a live and learn experience…
    The egg basket is lovely and I see nothing wrong with it. All the beautiful baskets I have ever seen are a bit uneven – that’s what makes them charming.

    • pixilated2 says:

      Thanks Anke, I don’t know if all of you are trying to just cheer me up, or if you really mean it. LOL! But I was coming to the “live and learn” conclusion this morning. Somehow, the contemplation of Picking out all the stitching and removing those last two blocks, just to give them a quarter turn and then stitch and quilt everything back, well… Life is short and I think I must move on! 😉 ~ Lynda

      “Do you know how long I stared at your runner until I finally saw what you were talking about?” Do you know how long I had my nose in it and didn’t see it? Hahaha! I wanted it to be so perfect too. 😀

  8. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise says:

    I would leave it as is and smile at it whenever I see it.
    You know what I tell patients who come to me to have orthodontic treatment? Don’t fix your teeth to get that perfect smile unless you hate them. It is special and beautiful to be different.
    A little difference in the arrangement of your teeth makes your smile unique and this little difference makes your runner unique 🙂

    • pixilated2 says:

      Thank you Sawsan, I also have a unique smile! So you and all the rest of my friends have convinced me to accept the flaws of the piece and move on. However, I will be ever vigilant for magic traveling block pieces in the future! 😉 ~ L

  9. cravencreativity says:

    Ohh Linda your table runner is beautiful! I hate that you are having to backtrack to fix the last square, I know how frustrating it is to think that you have FINALLY finished a project and then WHAM! you see it and it puts a sinking feeling in your stomach…I hope that it won’t be too hard a fix for you and next time you will be extra vigilant to ensure it doesn’t happen again 😉
    I like your basket square just the way it is, only my opinion, but I think it looks great 🙂 And your little boy Tucker is adorable!! His little eyes are so soulful 🙂 I’m glad you decided to go ahead and post today, I really enjoyed it!
    Take care

    • pixilated2 says:

      In my own book I should probably fix it… but this time I am letting go and going on. I guess that hardest part was the mystery of how it got by me in the first place! LOL! Thank you!

  10. victoriaaphotography says:

    Tucker is just gorgeous. Love how you caught the light in his eye. Makes all the difference with bird and animal shots

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