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This one I’ve called One Hot Mess.  It is a two sided quilt.  I figure that is one way to maximize my creativity (as I need another quilt like I need a hole in my head).

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Side one is a Victoria Findlay Wolfe design from her double wedding ring book.  I used her papers and templates that I purchased at her store in New York earlier this year.

The alternate side is improv letters and piecing.  I continue to draw inspiration from a young artist in Sydney, Jessica Wheelahan (@birdie_beetle on Instagram).    In case you can’t read it, it says “I like pretty things and the word fuck”.

I quilted it with a combination of ruler work and FMQ.  I’m not a huge fan of ruler work – probably because I’m not very good at it.  I used Angela Walter’s ruler SLIM and Westalee circles.  I struggle to keep the presser foot snug against the ruler.  When it slips, I suppose most quilters would stop and unpick and try again.  I just reverse back to the ruler and keep going.  (Good enough is good enough!  If you can’t see it from the back of a galloping horse, who cares?  That’s my philosophy anyway.)

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I’m pleased with it.  The 2nd side makes me smile.  I have it on our dining room table right now.  I think it ended up about 60×60.

I continue to enjoy personalizing my quilts by putting words into them.  I’m working on a couple more right now.  One is hand appliqued words using 1930/1940 reproduction fabrics.  Another is my autograph quilt using Japanese taupe fabrics.  I’m thinking to make both of those quilts double-sided.

 

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I’ve put these two aside and am calling them finished – at least for now.  They are on 12×12 (ish) pressed board.  Cold wax and oils.  No enhancement other than cropping.

My painting experiment continues but I must be honest….I wouldn’t say it has taken priority.  I found myself totally focused on making a back for my One Hot Mess quilt top.  The back possibly took more time than the front did.

So, the front is a Victoria Findlay Wolfe pattern with a little bit of crumb piecing.  The back is totally improv.  Improv lettering and crumb piecing.  It was a bugger of a piece to get straight but I think I have it straight (enough).

I’m planning to keep the curved edges on the top.

Warning….back includes my favorite cuss word.  To be fair, I don’t use it A LOT…but it does cross my lips occasionally.

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And, thanks to Mr. W, I am typing on a new MacBook Pro 13″  I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!  No more instability and crashes.

Now, back to painting….at least until the end of the month.  Jury is still out on whether I will continue with my painting adventure or put it aside at the end of the month.  I know so little about painting…I don’t know how to mix colors….I don’t know how to make marks….I actually know so little about painting and it is quite intimidating.  It’s certainly easier to do what you know rather than something you know so little about.

 

 

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I have decided to take a semi-sabbatical from quilting.  I’m not planning to full on QUIT quilting, but I’m going to put it in the backseat and put painting in the front seat.  For the month of September at least.

Years ago, I took a workshop on cold wax painting.  I wasn’t crazy about the workshop (the teacher was distracted, jet lagged and not attentive at all) but I did like some of my results.  However,  I never went any further with it other than to put my paintings up and admire them occasionally.

I have been following the work/art of Rebecca Crowell for well over 5 years.  Dreaming of painting in that style.  About 2 years ago, she came out with a book with Jerry McLaughlin.  They crowd funded it.  Over the last two years, I’ve sat in my chair and read and re-read their book.  Dreaming.  Now they have video teaching available.  I would love to invest in the video, but here’s the thing….I’m still just DREAMING.  And, it is an expensive video (although a LOT cheaper than going to one of their workshops).  I have yet to mix cold wax and oil together and put it on canvas or paper so it is hard to justify the purchase.  But….that is going to change.

September 2019….I deem COLD WAX PAINTING MONTH.

(5 day pause)

ok, so it is now September 4th.  My plan/goal is to paint daily for the month of September and then evaluate whether I want to continue painting or not.  So far, I’ve painted 3 of 4 days.  I do enjoy it.  It only ‘takes’ about an hour of my time though before I’ve run out of ideas and painting substrates so then I switch over to quilting.

My question at the end of my painting session today was “How do you know when to quit?  How do you know when a painting is done?”  Especially with abstract painting….it’s not like I’m trying to paint a tree or a house or something specific.  So…..how DO you know when to quit?  I’ll get back to you on that one if/when I figure it out.

I’ll post picture of my painting throughout the month.  I’m not looking for critique.  I might even shut off comments if I can figure out how to!  I really just want to paint because I want to paint.  I want to suspend judgement on whether it is good or not.  I just want to paint because I enjoy it.  Not because I want to sell my stuff.  Not because I want to have a gallery show.  I really don’t want anything other than the joy of creating.  This, combined with my fear of sucking should prove to be interesting.

Pictures below are progress on “One Hot Mess”.  The top is finished – now I’m working on the words for the back.  “I like pretty things…and the word @*&$”.  🙂  (Sorry mom…lol)

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One Hot Mess

The start of a new quilt.  I’m calling it One Hot Mess.

It is from Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s book Double Wedding Ring Quilts.  This pattern is Bright Lights, Big City.  I’m adding my touch with the crumb blocks.  I’m also planning to make it a reversible quilt with an improv – word inspired – back.

The New York Beauty-like pieces are paper pieced.  I bought the papers and templates when at her store in New York earlier this year.  I swear….it is the smallest quilt shop I’ve ever been to!

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