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She let Go

I started a new quilt – improv – challenged by a group to use an ugly fabric.  “She Let Go” is inspired by the poem by Safire Rose.  I used her poem previously in my New York Beauty quilt.  I’m in the beginning stages…building blocks.  I love this stage of quilt design.

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Next is a picture of 60×60.  Top is finished.  Machine FMQ is finished.  Now I’m doing some hand embroidery/stitching/Kantha.  Another favorite part of the quilting process for me.  It sits in front of the TV so each night I do something on it.

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And finally, a piece of Alcohol Ink on tile that I recently finished.  I had an old canvas that I painted black and then Mr. W attached the tile (left over from the bathroom remodel) to it.  It hangs in the little house.  This was using just one color of alcohol ink (black) and blending solution.  I love all the colors that developed and the texture.  The 2nd and 3rd pictures are close-ups.  It is truly meditative work.  I couldn’t do another like this if I tried.

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Kantha-style quilt

IMG_3210Finished.  It would have taken far less time, effort and money to simply buy the Kantha/Boro-style quilts that I have seen that I have liked.  Instead, I revert to form by thinking to myself “I can make that”.  And so – I do.

This was a fabric I purchased in Dell Rapids, SD last year.  I had no purpose when I bought it other than I loved the vibrant colors and flowers.  I couldn’t cut it up so I decided to Kantha/Boro-style quilt it.  I think there are 3 spools of perle 8 threads in it.

The bottom section is concentric circles about 3/4-1″ apart.  The top section is rows of stitching about 3/8″ apart.  I might need to go back and add another row of stitches on the concentric circles.  I like the softness of that area though.  The heavier quilted area is…well…HEAVIER.

It’s my new yoga quilt.  The perfect weight to cover up with during savasana.  Now to start Spring cleaning and get the winter cobwebs cleared out of the yoga room.  ugh.

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Indigo Improv

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Another one finished.  I dyed the fabric, front and back.  Shibori folding and stitching techniques utilized.  Oh, and I did a little rusting on it.  And then I added a few improv blocks using the lime green – which is the color the fabric is when it comes out of the indigo vat.

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This baby was quilted on the Sweet 16 while working on one of the **FREE** Angela Walter’s quilt-a-longs.

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What else???  Oh, I accidentally only washed it once after the dye vat (usually I do it at least twice and make sure the water runs clear).  So…when I do wash it, I will be washing it with dye collection sheets and keeping my fingers crossed.

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Canberra Show

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I was convinced to join the Canberra quilt guild this year.  One of the benefits of joining this guild is that you can put quilts in their show and into their sales room.  I put 6 quilts into the show.  And won a 3rd place in the open (professional and amateur) category!  My winner was “Under the Bridge”.

I’m quite pleased with winning in that category as one of the big name Australia and International quilters won first place in the category.  The best thing about the Canberra quilt show is the way they hang their quilts.  Gorgeous.  These members know how to hang a show.

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Our double wedding ring quilt probably received the most attention and chatter.  Mr. W stood back and eavesdropped on a couple conversations.  A couple older ducks were ‘clucking’ about some of the embroidered comments and images.  That makes me chuckle…I like the idea of making a bit of a controversial quilt.

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Ruby May finish

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This is such a sweet quilt.  I really love it.  And, in spite of it being fairly traditional, I really enjoyed making it.

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The background is Essex linen.  The Liberty of London fabrics were scraps given to me by my friends Sue & Susan (THANK YOU AGAIN!).  I used dissolvable ‘stuff’ and a glue stick for the EPP.  YLI Silk thread for the applique.  The pattern is from Cutting Cloth with modifications by me.

I wasn’t crazy about the embroidered flower applique center on the original pattern (too puffy) so I tea dyed the lace and put that on at the inner edge.  I still wanted the embroidery though so I added it in the spaces between the flowers.  The quilt wasn’t QUITE big enough so I added the border with the 1/2 circles.  Oh, and the crochet pattern was a bit too heavy for the yarn I was using (a baby llama & Lyocell blend from Marie at Mulberry Tree) so I adjusted that also.

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The quilting was done on Sweetie (Sweet 16).  I finally tackled doodle FMQing on something where every stitch shows.  Thanks Sista K2 for the courage and ideas.  I had absolutely no plan for the quilting.  Each time I sat down, I would just glance through my book of ideas and dive in.  It was a lot of fun.  I was sad when the FMQing was finished.

In the minds of some – this could actually QUALIFY as improv.  Yes, I started with a pattern – but I made it my own and just let it play out as I did it.  That’s sorta ‘improv’!

Not sure what the destination of this quilt is.  First I’ll wash it and see what happens to the dissolvable ‘stuff’ and the crochet edge.  Then, I might enjoy it for awhile.  Perhaps I’ll hang onto it on the off chance we have another girl child in the family (sorry Kris F).  It would be a perfect little girl quilt.

 

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