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100 patch quilt

Finished.

Approx. 60×60

Wool tongues stitched down by machine.  Rust wool circles were dyed by me using acid dyes.

100 block idea stolen from Karen G.

Bamboo batting used.

Used walking foot to quilt the spiral in the centre with about 1″ between stitch lines.

FMQ feathers in 4 corners and pebbles in border background.

Does not have a home, folded up and on the shelf for now.

 

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Continuing on with my austerity goal in 2015, I’ve used the last of my Moda Bella white fabric to paint a back for my wonky basket 2 quilt.  First I coffee dyed it.  Then I stenciled it.  Then I stamped it (with both my own designed stamps and purchased ones).  Then I flicked paint onto it.  After steam pressing it and washing it in hot water and pressing it again – it’s ready to be used.  Here’s a slide show of some of the results and some of the products I used.

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February knit-a-long

 

IMG_2701 IMG_2702 IMG_2713 IMG_2715My finished Brickless Scarf.  Love it and can’t wait for Autumn to wear it.  Very lightweight and airy.

Designer: Martina BEM

Yarn: Wolle’s Shadow

 

Liberated Hexagon Quilt

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I started these hexagons in 2013 prior to our vacation.  I used my Japanese Taupe fabrics.  I would go back to the room after a day of touring and sew flower blocks together while Mr. W used his new toy – his iPad.  It’s surprising how much you can get done while chilling out.  Originally, I was going to use the blocks as a border but that didn’t work out.

The method is called English Paper Piecing.  It’s the 2nd hexagon quilt I’ve made.  I don’t want to do another one.  Seriously.  Someone smack me along side the head if I ever talk about doing another one.

I wasn’t sure what to do for the borders.  I really love the liberated/organic/freeform piecing process and I had a tote-full of bits and piece left from previous Japanese Taupe fabric quilts so I went to town making fabric crumbs.  If you haven’t made fabric crumbs before, you really should try it.  It is such a fun, freeing process.  It’s like giving a virtual BMWA to the Quilt Police.

 

So, now it’s time to be quilted.  I’m going to Big Stitch quilt this over the winter.  The palomino inspired fabric will be the back of it.  And, I think I’m going to use the Quilters Light batting in it so that it’s very lightweight and easy to quilt.IMG_2643 IMG_2644

A horse and a quilt

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While at the local show a couple weeks back, we were sitting watching the kiddo’s dressage event.  At one point, I say to Mr. W – “Quick!  Take a picture of that horse!”.  He looked at me quizzically but immediately LEAPT up and followed my request.  After settling back down – he says to me “why?”.  My reply?  “Painted quilt back for my liberated hexagon quilt.”  He just nods and goes back to watching the horse show.  There’s nothing not to love about my Mr. W!

My painted fabric doesn’t look EXACTLY like the horse that inspired it – but I’m lovin’ it.  I used watered down liquid acrylic paint and rock salt on white Moda Bella fabric.  After painting it and sprinkling salt on it, I let it sit in the sun for the afternoon.  Next steps are to heat and steam set it (with the iron) and then wash it in hot water.  The fabric gets a little stiff with the acrylic paint but it softens a little upon washing a time or two.

Here are a few photos.  The first 2 close-ups are shot outside with the salt crystals still adhered.  The 2nd two close-ups are after pressing.

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