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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Progress

Good morning to you all. I hope you are all well in your little corner of the world.
Progress is being made on my Hexie UFO. The top applique border is done. I am reluctant to add anymore to it as the middle will be quite busy when the little hexies are appliqued on.....nothing is attached but you get the idea. I am a  little unsure still about the heart and don't know whether to leave it or not???
One set of berry birdies is repeated on the bottom border....
and wiil have 2 little hexies either side. The side borders will have small hexies appliqued on also with a red border fabric hexie in each corner....
So this means lots more little hexies...
I am hoping it is all going to come together nicely..... if only I could decide on that top heart! At least it's looking better than it did lying in the draw!
My last 4 art classes and a bit of time at home have been dedicated to creating a special keepsake for myself. As you know I am a lover of all creatures great and small and have loved quite a few fur babies in my time but none quite stole my heart like the naughty little black Staffy pup my son bought home when he was a teenager....quite against my express wishes too I might add. I was soon totally smitten! He took up residence in our home and heart for 9 years. I was devastated when we lost him to illness and even though he has journeyed over the Rainbow bridge we have never gotten used to not having him with us or waiting to welcome us  home at the top of our stairs. I am sure many of you have connected in this way to a special animal too. I really wanted to draw him but our photos of him were a bit poor for drawing purposes.  However I persevered and with advice and guidance from my teacher Sandra I was able to do it. This took many layers in the coloured pencils and lots of burnishing. ..probably about 15 hours plus the original sketch time. I am however thrilled to have his likeness down on paper and those who knew him say it's a good one...just need to frame him now.
My boy "Doc"
This was a labour of love.
Ok that's it from me today......love this saying!
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

24 comments:

  1. Hi Michelle to be honest i am not sure about the heart either,but its looking fantastic.
    Oh that drawing is so real my friend you are truly amazing,well done my and Namaste and blessings to you my friend xx

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  2. love the fabrics you are using in all those little hexie flowers.........

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  3. Love your hexie quilt so far , lovely colours. Your drawing is amazing , I think you captured Doc very well .

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  4. Love your hexie quilt so far , lovely colours. Your drawing is amazing , I think you captured Doc very well .

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  5. This drawing is amazing. Have a very happy valentines day.

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  6. OMG amazing drawing Michelle. Your hexies are beautiful.

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  7. What a beautiful memory of your pet! How about printing a photo of your quilt with the heart and another one without, then looking at them for a few days to see which one speaks to you?

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  8. Love! Your art both fabric and on paper is so beautiful!

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  9. Oh my! that pic of your lovely dog is so life like. Loving your quilt.

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  10. Wow your drawing is amazing and you would have to be very proud of it. Top wrk. The hexies also look great.

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  11. I love your Hexie quilt, and the little heart as well, but its your quilt, and the final decision is yours alone. Now for the painting of your puppy, all I can say is a gazillion "WOW's", it is so life like and his eyes are awesome. Thanks for sharing, Guida.

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  12. Such an amazing drawing Michelle......a lot of love and a lot of skill there. I don't think it's your hexie UFO anymore, it's coming along beautifully.....it might need a name!

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  13. Dear Michelle,
    what a heartbreaking story about you drawing "Doc". The drawing is beautiful. Love your border to the hexie project too.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  14. Love your drawing, what a beautiful keepsake for you. Loving your quilt, I am with Jennifer, take a photo with and one without the heart and then you will see which you like the most.

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  15. Your applique is coming along beautifully. I liked the heart. Your drawing of your beautiful dog is just amazing

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  16. Your hexie quilt is looking beautiful. What an artist you are! The picture is amazing!

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  17. Your hexie UFO is coming along beautifully. Lovely story about Doc, he was a very handsome fellow.

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  18. You always put so much thought and effort into your projects both fabric and paper. They are lovely.

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  19. Love your drawing - surely almost brings him back.
    I like your heart up there on the top row - maybe a rounder heart would appleal more???..but I am not a designer.

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  20. Hello Michelle,

    Amazing drawing Michelle, it must have been a bit hard at times doing it, whilst remembering the good times your family had with Doc.

    Happy days.
    Bev.

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  21. What a beautiful and fabulous portrait of Doc, Michelle. Your talent improves with every work you do. Berry birdies could well become a bit special to moi... xxx

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  22. Absolutely love your drawing of Doc. I know exactly what you mean about a very special pet. He looks beautiful.

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