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ADHD of Quilting

I suffer from ADHD of quilting.  Seriously.  I flit and flop around from idea to idea, style to style.  I often wish I had a focus with my quilting – that I worked in a series – that my quilting had a theme.  It doesn’t though.  I could force it I suppose – but that just isn’t me.  I like to try new things.

My latest new thing was watercolour painting on fabric and then free motion quilting it.  It started with me becoming intrigued by a technique called Alcohol Ink.  It’s an alcohol based paint which you paint on a plastic-y substance called ‘yupo paper’.  It makes the most amazing paintings.  Very impressionistic.  Google it or check it out on Facebook if you aren’t familiar with it.

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Anyway – I also wanted to do more painting on fabric so while searching for ideas, I ran across a woman named Ashley Nickels/alphabet Ashley.   I continued my searching and had a plan on what to try.  At the last minute, I signed up with CreativeBug to view Ashley’s class to see if there was anything to add to my plan.  I think a new quilter or someone who has never painted with fabric before would have benefited from the class, but I had already figured it out.

I used Dye-na-Flow paint on cotton muslin.  I did 11 pieces, 12″.  After they dried, I heat set them.  Then I free motion quilted them.  I followed the paint shadowing using black Isacord thread.  The backgrounds I tried Superior clear thread and white Isacord.  Both worked fine.  It was good FMQ practice time.

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I like what I did.  I’m satisfied with it.  But I’m not passionate about it.  I look at the pieces and wonder what to do with them.  I could bind them and they could be table mats – or little wall hangings.  But, do I want to burn daylight binding them?  For what?  They might just get put on a shelf for awhile.

So, another example of my ADHD.  It’s time to dive back into improv work.  That lights my fire.  Trips my trigger.  Makes my heart sing.  I’m not sure why I continue to get side tracked.

This is my latest improv piece – from the Sherri Lynn Wood FB challenge #4.  Rules were: 2 fabrics, under 24″ square and use a triangle.  It’s ready to be quilted.

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Words from Lyla Jane’s mom

 

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From the blog Lynzy & Co  – a blog post written by Megan, my nephew’s wife.

http://www.lynzyandco.com/courageous-moms-lylas-story-love-loss-finding-hope/

Leaf me alone…

Ok, that’s a bit lame for a title, but I’m tired.  🙂

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This is a quilt from a workshop I did through our local quilt shop.  Marilyn has been having workshops for 20 years or so and although I’ve been going to her shop for 15 of those years, I’ve never attended The Gathering.

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This year I was determined to go and I wasn’t disappointed.  She does an absolute bang-up job on hosting this event and I will certainly go back next year.  There must have been 85-90 students, 7-8 different workshops, 2 full days of meals.  The best part was the sharing of quilting passion with others – wonderful.  I met some lovely women – women that have a burning passion for quilting.

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The workshop I took was with Beth and Trevor Reid from Canberra.  We worked with templates that we cut from a firm plastic-y product found at the hardware store in 3 different weights.  It was an interesting class.  Once we had our templates, we mixed and matched which pieces to use on each leaf.  The combinations were fun to play with.  What you cut out of one leaf, you could use in another one.

My quilt (wallhanging size) is a little ‘controlled’ for me.  I played with the idea of applying bleach or paint to it to messy it up to be more my style.  In the end, I decided to just use it as a practice piece for my quilting and get it done.  I’m glad it’s done and I’m sure I’ll find someone who will like it and want it – it’s just not my thing.  No regrets for taking the class and if it was someone else’s quilt, I would compliment them and enjoy it.  I think that it’s the voice in my head that screams “boring” that I have a hard time ignoring.  And perhaps ‘boring’ is too judgy – it’s just not my style but that doesn’t necessarily make it boring.  Perhaps I should just delete this paragraph?  (Nah – if I can’t say what I think in my own blog, where can I say what I think?)

Solids are the delicious Cherrywood Fabrics  that my mama bought me last year for Christmas.  The patterned fabrics in the leaves are from a dear friend of mine (she bought them and then had buyer’s regret so shared them with me).  The outer border is a linen that I bought for my hexie quilt and had plenty left over.

 

Split Personality

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Split Personality is finished and hung.  It hangs as a curtain between the TV room and the dining room to block the heat/air conditioning.

Side one (the TV room side) is made from two panel prints I bought at Fern Hill Gifts & Quilts in South Amana, Iowa.  It is a Frond print by Stephanie Brandenburg.  (Simply love her work and have ordered another one of her lines called Street Smarts).

Side two (dining room side) is made from Japanese taupe fabrics that I also bought at Fern Hill Quilts.  This side was done in typical improv-style – no rulers other than to square it up.  I LOVE this style of piecing/quilting.

I had my friend Robyn quilt it with black thread in a fairly large ‘avocado’ pantograph.

I got the idea for a quilted curtain from a book about Lucy Boston called The Patchworks of Lucy Boston, written by Diana Boston (her nephew’s wife I believe).  I like the idea of combining art and function.

 

New tools

About 6 weeks ago I was chatting with a friend at quilt group about an ironing board – a rectangular piece that sits on top of your ironing board frame.  She said her husband could probably make one for me so I sent her a couple pictures/links.  Well, by the next meeting, I had exactly what I wanted.

While chatting him up at the next meeting, I found out he had made Ms. S a design wall AND he would be more than happy to make me one.  (He’s my new BFF!)  Well, here are pictures of my new ironing board and my 2 new design walls.  The walls are lightweight and 50×80″.  I found a flannelette sheet set with a 2″ square pattern on it (thanks to another friend) and Mr. W attached it with his new handy-dandy electric staple gun.

I am a happy quilter with new tools.

So, this is the first quilt to go on the design wall.  My version of Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s double wedding ring quilt.  I’m going to piece it in 4 sections then add embroidery to the different pieces.  We have a list on our kitchen counter where we are adding ideas and words and special events which will be included in the quilt.  It’s going to represent our life/love (yeah….sappy, I know!).  I love the crumb pieced sections especially.

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This top is on my ‘mattress’ design wall while I ponder what to do with it.  It’s from a workshop I took with Beth and Trevor Reid at Marilyn’s annual Gathering.  I like it but it is a bit too ‘pristine’ for my style.  I’m on the fence – thinking I might muck it up with either paint, rust or bleach.  Then again, I might just use it as a practice piece for my FMQing.

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My latest EPP (English Paper Piecing) project using Eppi-flex is on my other design wall.  I have one more 4-patch block to finish and then I’ll start putting the 4 patch blocks together.  I’m not sure what I’m going to do after that – at least one border of some sort.  I’m thinking circles or curves or improv…one step at a time, right?

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I have finished the quilted curtain – Split Personality – but don’t have pictures of it yet.  We’re working to get the curtain rod installed and then I’ll take pictures.

And here’s a picture of my Glorious Hexagon/The New Hexagon top – I don’t think I’ve posted the completed top yet.  Not sure if I’m going to have it quilted or big stitch quilt it.  I’d like to big stitch quilt it, but it’s bigger than I planned.  We’ll see…it might go in the line-up to be hand quilted next winter.

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