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Many techniques used on this one.  Improv piecing, machine quilting, embroidery, hand quilting.   It started as demonstration blocks for a workshop I led in August.

I’m not sure if you can see them or not but there are ‘shadow’ women embroidered around this quilt.  Women of different shapes and sizes.  Also words.  This has a body diversity/body acceptance statement associated with it.  A little bit of anger at the societal focus and societal bigotry toward women who don’t fit into a certain size range.

I like it.

It was said to me yesterday that my work has a unique look to it.  Maybe.  I’m not sure.  Sometimes I think I have a distinct look but then I look at the bigger picture, I look at other improv quilters and I’m not sure.  I guess the bottom line for me is that I am enjoying what I am making.  I think I take inspiration from others and then hopefully create my own piece rather than copying someone else.



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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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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.


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


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


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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