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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?  🙂

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Here’s what I’ve been working on:

Bro’s and Sista’s (Brother’s and Sister’s from the book Kindred Spirits (Yellow Creek Quilt Designs) – It’s ready to hand quilt.  It’s sitting in the tv room waiting for me.  It’s ALMOST cool enough in the evenings to sit with this BAQ on my lap.  I’ll be using Big Stitch technique with size 12 Finca perle cotton thread.  Circles.  Freeform circles.  Last night while catching up on my blogs, I ran across the idea from Tim Latimer Quilts.  Time to start forming a callous on my naughty finger again.  This is a King Size so I’m guessing it will take me all winter.

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Mr. W’s favorite reading chair has sprung a leak so I’m thinking to make a slipcover for it from an extra quilt.

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Below are the blocks I have so far for The Splendid Sampler quilt by Jane Davidson & Pat Sloan.  They are 6.5 inch blocks.  Two per week for a year.  Did I mention **free**?  I’m using batiks from my scrap bag.

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Below is my version of The Circle Games by Jen Kingwell.  Two borders finished (appliqué circles) two to go.  I’m really enjoying the appliqué work.  Think I need to find another appliqué project once this one is finished.  I’m tempted to start on the Quilty 365 project – or perhaps my version of it.

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Next we have my next 2 projects from Sherri Lynn Wood‘s book on Improv quilting.  The first one is called Rhythmic Grid and the second one Patchwork Doodle.  They are both in the preliminary stages on the design wall.

And finally, we have my version of Sue Spargo‘s Magnolia.  Again, two borders finished, two to go.  This quilt is such a RIOT of color but I’m really liking it.  I am enjoying learning new embroidery stitches from Sue’s book Creative Stitching.  I’ve also been drooling while looking at her book Stitches to Savor – an amazing coffee table book of her work.

 

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I’ve been auditioning borders for The Circle Games, pattern by Jen Kingwell.  I’m not having much luck.  I have one more idea but before I try that one on for size – I’m just going to take this down from the design wall and give it a rest for now.

Here are the possibilities I have tried so far:

Option 1:  narrow teal border with wide floral print.  (Tame.  BORING yet the centre is so busy, it calms it down and gives the eye somewhere to rest.)

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Option 2:  Crumb block border like I made for my Liberated Hexi quilt.  (I do like this one.  It’s probably the one I like the best.)

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Option 3:  Pieced New York Beauty border.  (The border is actually too wide for this quilt – however, I’d have to make all new so I could adjust the width.  I remember how much work those paper pieced spires were though.  I also think it’s almost too angular or stark with the softness of the centre blocks.)

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Option 4:  Improv drunkards path blocks randomly placed.  (I tried random because I need an odd number of blocks to make it fit with the top/narrow border.  I don’t like this one at all – too much happening; no rhythm.  It just looks like I’m slapping blocks onto a quilt.)

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Option 5:  Improv drunkards path blocks set with 1/2 circle orientation.  (A little better than option 4 but I’m not in love with it.  Disappointing as I put much work into these blocks – about 40 – and I really thought this was going to be my favourite..  On the bright side – I have 40 blocks that I can use for something else.)

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It’s at this point that I’m also considering going with the 1/2 circle appliquéd border on the original pattern (see below).  I’m not sure if I have enough of the teal for the background or not but that would be my color preference.

Another project on hold while I ponder my options or come up with new ones.

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