Workin’


Finally, a day clear to get back to work on the Tree Quilt.

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  1. johnson catman says

    WOW! That is already awesome looking. How many hours will you have in the finished product?

  2. says

    Oh, and Johnson catman, thank you so much!

    Blf:

    Attach them? I can hardly keep them off! (Seriously. I used to leave my frame up, and just cover the top with fabric, but the rats seem to think it’s a cool trampoline, so I have to take it down every time.)

  3. johnson catman says

    What is your technique for working in the middle of that? Seems like it would be difficult to reach that far over for long periods. Which I guess means you work on it pretty sproradically.

  4. blf says

    Ents move about. Therefore, pictures (well, quilts) of Ents should move about. The rats-in-exdino-puppets thing seems to be “working” (e.g., you haven’t been run over by peas (yet)), so you’re clearly expanding and want a self-propelled Entquilt…

  5. rq says

    This is already a stunning piece of work; I cannot imagine how much more impressive it will be once finished. Good luck and much patience! :) Also untiring arms and eyes.
    A lot of wow.

  6. jimb says

    I can’t be any more articulate than “Wow”, sorry. The detail so far is great.

    And, I giggled at the image of the rat-trampoline. :-)

  7. says

    Jim:

    Thanks!

    And, I giggled at the image of the rat-trampoline. :-)

    It makes me giggle too, they are just too cute, but I can’t be risking my work. Rats pee. A lot.

  8. Rob says

    Rats pee. A lot.

    So, I’m guessing that you’re not keen to risk a machine wash and tumble dry then? ;-)
     
    A few years ago one of our public health officials was being interviewed as to why you should pour canned drinks into a glass. He shone a blacklight over trays of soft drink cans in a warehouse that illuminated all the rodent pee. Not such a problem now that most cans come in cardboard packs I guess.
     
    Anyway, that’s lovely work. I hope you show us more of the progress.

  9. blf says

    Rats pee. A lot.

    So, I’m guessing that you’re not keen to risk a machine wash and tumble dry then?

    You wind up with squeaky clean rats. Who pee. A lot.

    Unless, that is, the agitated and tumbled rats decided to do their forty-foot high thing. Then you wind up with SQUEAKING! clean, albeit damp, forty-foot high killer rats brushing off the remains the of the laundry room. And peeing. A lots lot…

  10. says

    Ice Swimmer:

    Thank you!

    Rob:

    So, I’m guessing that you’re not keen to risk a machine wash and tumble dry then? ;-)

    No, because I had to do that once, and ended up making a serious fucktonne of work for myself -- the reason for all the background embroidery? Colour bleed. I had been out of colour catchers at the time, and didn’t stop to think, and I’m paying for that thoughtlessness now.

    Anyway, that’s lovely work. I hope you show us more of the progress.

    Thank you, and I will.

  11. says

    Johnson catman @ 5:

    What is your technique for working in the middle of that? Seems like it would be difficult to reach that far over for long periods. Which I guess means you work on it pretty sproradically.

    Sorry I’m so late responding, I missed your comment! The quilt is on a frame, so I adjust it for ease of working. Right now, I have it framed sideways. You can see it mounted on the frame on the vertical here.

    When I get to the tree canopy, I’ll have to put the quilt upside down on the frame.

  12. Saad says

    That is some seriously impressive work!

    I am totally clueless about quilts, but is the entire thing going to be covered in patterns or will a lot of the white background be showing?

    Also, what is the size? *tries to find an object in the photo that will provide reference of the scale*

  13. johnson catman says

    Caine @15:
    No problems! Your blog doesn’t revolve around me. Thanks for the insight.

    I am just amazed at the work. If you have almost 900 hours in it so far, that would be over 22 weeks of a 40 hour work week. You had 615 hours on 12/28/15 (from the link you provided), so that means you have averaged about 39 hours per month work on it since then. Which means you probably started working on it about two years ago, if the average holds up. You are a dedicated and patient artist! And extremely talented! I enjoy reading about your projects.

  14. Saad says

    I think I’m beginning to realize how stupid my question in #16 sounds.

    Every one is free to make fun of me for that one. =/

  15. says

    Saad:

    A lot of the white will be showing. The background is to cover up the colour bleed. The quilt is 60″ x 60″, it’s a lap quilt, not a bed quilt. The Tree is 38.5″ tall by 28.5″ wide. The tree itself is all done in knots, mostly candlewick knots, which are quite small.

    Johnson catman:

    No, I started the tree quilt in June, ‘015. Months have gone by without any work on it, though. Let’s see…I’ve put in around 8, 9 months total on it so far. How much I do on any given day is dependent on a number of factors. Yesterday, I got 6 hours in, so current hours are 895. Some days I work for 14 hours, others 1 hour. It’s been slow going this year, because I was extremely upset about the colour bleed, and I didn’t want to do the great cover up. That’s been eating up all my time on it. If I hadn’t fucked it up, the tree itself would have been finished long ago, and the canopy mostly done.

  16. johnson catman says

    Caine @19:
    Still, a long-term project. I am a numbers kind of person, so I was trying to quantify it in my mind. And, as Rob said above, please continue to keep us up-to-date on the project. I really want to see the final outcome.

  17. says

    Johnson catman @ 20:

    Oh yes, it’s a long term project. I have several of those going. Working on it again today. Hopefully, I’ll finish the small section I’m doing. Feels like they last forever.

  18. rq says

    Feels like they last forever.

    On the plus side, you get such beautiful, visible results that (to my eyes) seem well worth the effort! Bonne chance!

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