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Two finishes and a present

Magnolia – done and dusted.  A Sue Spargo inspired pattern.  Most of it is her design with the exception of the centre house block.  That inspiration came from a google search.  Sue’s house was just too ‘normal’.

Most of the wool was hand-dyed by me.  Dharma acid dye.

Back is flannel, batting wool.  It’s a heavy sucker.  It was NOT a joy to quilt.  It’s finished though.  I’m guessing I’ll never do another wool appliqué quilt again.

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The second finish is The Circle Games by Jen Kingwell.  This was the first hand pieced quilt I’ve ever made.  As with the wool appliqué quilt – this is another technique that I’m not sure I’ll ever do again.  I love the finished project – but I wasn’t that thrilled with the process.  There are too many other things I really enjoy doing to do things I DON’T enjoy doing.  It was worth a try though.

The original pattern had a different border but I changed it to appliquéd circles.  Now go figure…..I DO like to hand appliqué and hope to get another hand appliqué project prepped at some point in the near future.  I hand quilted this one – Finca 12wt.  Batting is Quilt Lite.  I love that combination.  Makes for a light weight quilt perfect for our climate.

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And HERE is a picture of a delightful present I received in the mail last week from my dear friend Kris.  I am loving the book by Kathy Doughty – such eye candy.  If her store was more accessible to me, I know I would do serious damage there.  And the pop-up bin (made by Kris) is perfect.  It’s already over in the little house set up and being used.

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Now – it’s time to do some yoga and meditation.  The Wallabies play the All Blacks tonight.  I’m not confident of a win but I am always hopeful.  I support the Wallabies but I love watching the All Blacks play.  They are simply AMAZE-BALLS!  They are seriously in a class all their own.  And I know I’ll pay for saying it…..but I miss The Cheat (Richie McCaw).  He has a movie coming out, you know?  :)

Make Do Quilt Challenge

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For anyone who has read my blog for more than a month….you KNOW how I am loving the book by Sherri Lynn Wood called Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters.  Many many books have been purchased over the years and thumbed through once or twice and then put on a shelf.  This book is something I pick up weekly (sometimes daily).  Although it has techniques in it – it’s NOT a technique book.  It’s more an idea book.  An inspiration book.  I think it’s one of the only books I’ve read that includes the spiritual aspect of quilting in it (and yes, I know that sounds kinda weird!).

ANYWAY….Sherri has been doing this artist residency at the San Francisco tip (dump).  It’s a 4 month program called **Recology**  where she digs through the dump and reclaims items that will eventually be used to make several quilts.  90% of the quilts need to come from the dump (we’re talking top, batting, backing, thread, etc).  These quilts will eventually be in an art display.  Here is a link to a video about it:  Recology

Sherri has issued a challenge (and giveaway for those that are interested in acquiring more stuff) for every quilter to make 1 quilt of reclaimed fabric/textiles over the next year.  Details are on her blog.

Here is a quote from her blog post:  “Did you know that a significant percentage of the stuff that goes into landfills is discarded clothing and textiles? Textile waste is a huge problem which will require changes from how the industry runs business to how we run our homes. If every one of the 16 million occasional quilt makers or 1 million active quilt makers in the US made one quilt a year from discarded clothing and linens, imagine how many pounds of material waste would be spared from the landfill.”

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I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that I’m totally 100% in on this challenge.  I have two ideas for this quilt.  My first idea is to ask my peeps for a floral or striped blouse (cotton if possible) that is taking up space in their closet or that they would be giving to Goodwill/Vinnies.  The other idea is to have my quilt peeps give me a chunk of scrap or unloved fabric.  Whichever idea I go with – I’m going to make the quilt and then donate it to charity.  I’m pretty sure I’ll be using improv-style piecing (go figure, eh?!).

 

 

Orphan Quilt Top

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Sunglasses required!

I was at a wonderful quilt retreat this past weekend.  From Friday afternoon until Saturday evening, I pretty much focused 100% on putting together the blocks for this quilt.  It’s made using (nearly) all my batik orphan blocks (i.e. blocks left over from previous projects, reject blocks, practice blocks), several improv filler blocks and the Ravelry 2BOM blocks.

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It is always fun for me putting quilts like this together.  I view it as a puzzle.  First I lay out the blocks and try to distribute/balance the colors/sizes into a pleasing arrangement (trust me, I don’t spend MUCH time doing this – I mean really…..with a quilt like this, I don’t think it matters much WHICH block you put WHERE).  Then I randomly figure out 3-5 ‘sections’ and start working on those sections.  The sections are then made to fit and joined together.  I did a blog post early in the year about how I do this – I think it was for the Gypsy Wife 2 quilt.

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I’m also PRETTY DARN SURE that this is the last BAQ (Big Ass Quilt) that I will be doing.  I know, I know…..I’ve said that before but I mean it this time.  It will have to be a mighty big deal for me to piece another BAQ.

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Now back to FMQing Magnolia.  I started the last border this morning.  Feathers.  I need my head examined.  I’m also putting together a little ‘class’ for a local quilt group on improv/freeform/wonky/liberated techniques.  AND, I’m working on an idea to combine wool dyeing, Shibori tying and Wagga quilts.

Plus, I want to start on my Hundertwasser urinal-inspired quilt.  I know you can’t wait to hear more about THAT one.

Sorry and Thank you!

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Thank you to everyone to has left such lovely comments the last several weeks – comments that I have failed to respond to.

I apologize for not replying to them personally.  I have no excuse.  I genuinely appreciate and value the time taken to read my blog.  When you make a comment, it’s like frosting on the cupcake!  Better than that really…..it’s like SPRINKLES on a chocolate cupcake.  No…..better than THAT even…..it’s like a piece of New York baked cheesecake with homemade hot fudge sauce drizzled over the top.  And a ripe juicy strawberry sitting next to it.  THAT’s how good it feels to get comments.

Please know I appreciate your comments and will strive to be better at acknowledging them in the future.

Cracked – finished

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The Back

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