Saturday, May 14, 2011

A New Adventure: Thread Painting & We're Planting!


Since I made the Pansy Wall hanging, I have wanted to try thread painting.  I tried it many years ago and it was a complete disaster because I used regular sewing thread and I didn't know what stabilizer was.  It makes all the difference in the world when you use the right thread and stabilizer.  I used Isacord and Coat's & Clark's  machine embroidery thread.


I worked off a picture that I clipped out of a magazine that I really liked.


Here is a practice feather and background that I used for on the back.  It was a fun project and now I know that I really like thread painting! 

We've been blessed with a few short days to do some planting.  During the rush time my son had a flat tire on the big tractor.


We were so happy that Ron stayed to help Dad out on the farm.


After a few hours, Ron was up and working ground ahead of Dean.  The next day I came home from work at noon and by 2:00 p.m. I was working ground until 7:00 p.m.  Then I baked pies for church.    It was a really long week!


 So far we only had a flat tire and that isn't considered a major breakdown.  Dean kept on planting while Ron bought a new tire.



Here's a beautiful sunset from a few days ago.



I know the picture is a little blurred, but it's still a part of our farming story.


Don't forget to see my quilt for the Blogger's Quilt Festival.

Happy Quilting!

Kay Lynne

8 comments:

shez said...

Kay Lynne your thread painting picture is beautiful you should be very proud of yourself,well done.
And busy,busy at the farm at the moment,i dont know where you got your energy from to bake pies after doing all that you did.

Needled Mom said...

Your thread painting looks wonderful!

Glad the planting is going well. It is always great when it is finished.

quiltcrazygaljennalouise said...

Love the little bird:) Thread painting is fun, lots to explore. We don't have a seed in the ground and it looks like it will be awhile before that happens...but we have faith, everything will work out okay:) Thank you and talk soon!

Sandra said...

Your little bird is adorable! The details are so crisp and clear. At a glance, one would never believe you created this with a standard sewing machine. Nice job!

Gra said...

What a beautiful work of art! Beautiful! I have never heared of thread painting before. Is it embroidery work but done with the sewing machine? I think I got that from the comments.
I love to see pictures of your farm life!!
Have a nice week!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kay,

I just got home from traveling all day from Utah and saw your gorgeous bird...it is beautiful!!! When I first saw it, I assumed you'd thread-painted your bird directly on the quilt and then done background quilting behind it. Then when I saw the feather quilted on the white background, I thought maybe you'd thread-painted the bird separately on a hoop, then cut him out, and then stitched him to your background. How'd you create this masterpiece?! Inquiring minds want to know...
Patsy

Kay Lynne said...

I thread painted directly on the fabric and then quilted around the bird. I did not use a hoop, but I did have batting and a backing underneath the top fabric. The feather on the back of the potholder is actually a fabric on top and just batting. It was a practice piece that actually was the right size to put on the back of my bird. I wasn't planning on making it a potholder--it just happened that way. The next time I do it I will be using tear away stabilizer underneath. I think it will do a better job. I marked an outline of the bird and filled him in with free motion straight and small zig-zag stitches. I'm a free motion quilter so thread painting was something just fun to try out. I will be doing more experimenting in the future.

Val said...

The thread painting is beautiful. I would love to know how you do it. I think the wedding cake is lovely too. So many skills