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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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I was convinced to join the Canberra quilt guild this year.  One of the benefits of joining this guild is that you can put quilts in their show and into their sales room.  I put 6 quilts into the show.  And won a 3rd place in the open (professional and amateur) category!  My winner was “Under the Bridge”.

I’m quite pleased with winning in that category as one of the big name Australia and International quilters won first place in the category.  The best thing about the Canberra quilt show is the way they hang their quilts.  Gorgeous.  These members know how to hang a show.

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Our double wedding ring quilt probably received the most attention and chatter.  Mr. W stood back and eavesdropped on a couple conversations.  A couple older ducks were ‘clucking’ about some of the embroidered comments and images.  That makes me chuckle…I like the idea of making a bit of a controversial quilt.

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Next step is to do a crochet edge.  I bought yarn last week at The Mulberry Tree in Milton.  My plan is to do a hand blanket stitch and then crochet into that stitch.  Thanks to my quilt peeps on Ravelry for the help figuring out how to do it.  I’m hoping that the blanket stitch covers the overlocked edge.  If not, I’ll have to cut it off before doing the blanket stitch.

Time for a restorative yoga class.  I’ve been looking forward to it all week!

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I might need to shift gears and pull out my paints for awhile.  None of my quilting projects are tripping my trigger.  They are long term projects that I’ve lost enthusiasm for.   A few of the traditional ones are in the ‘bleh’ category.  The improv ones are past the design stages and into the finishing stage which then leads me to the question of what to do with them when they are finished.

Here are pictures and discussion of my current UFOs.

Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell.  I’m doing this as a block of the month.  I like the fabrics (Japanese taupes) and the pattern is fine.  It’s just that it’s someone else’s pattern.  It’s like doing a ‘paint by numbers’ painting.

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EPP diamonds.  I started this a couple years ago to test out the Eppiflex product.  Love the product (and Danni!) but EPP hurts my hands.  And, this is turning out so BORING.  SO traditional.  I might need to follow the advice I gave a friend about her UFOs…put it in a box, tape it shut and put it in the garage or under a bed until I want to work on it again (if EVER).  Or give it away.

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My Favorite word is.  This is embroidery on fabric that my friend Candy gave me – graduated starburst-like shades of grey from light to dark.  I started doing freeform embroidery on it with the gorgeous Cottage Garden Threads.  In the center, I plan to embroider my favorite word.  (Any guesses???? lol)

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EPP bag.  A pattern I bought at a local quilt show.  1″ hexagons out of left over Liberty fabric.  I’m using linen for the main bag.  It’s finished except for putting a string through the top.  Another ‘what am I going to do with this’ project.

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Orange Kantha.  I do love this one.  It is simply a 1 & 1/2 meter chunk of fabric that I bought at Always your Design in Dell Rapids, South Dakota last year.  I LOVE the fabric and didn’t want to cut it up so I’m Kantha stitching it.  It may take a lifetime as the rows are about 1/2″ apart.  I like everything about it – but it’s rather boring work.  And, it feels like I will never get to the finish line.  I save it for days when I need mindless work or when watching cricket.

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Camelot.  I started this one on a whim earlier this year.  A group of us went to a quilt show and I found this gorgeous William Morris fabric line that HAD to come home with me.  VERY traditional.  Trish Harper had this pattern in QuiltMania magazine a few years back and I had it the back of my mind that I’d like to do it someday.  This fabric seemed to be the perfect fit.  Plus, a friend had a bag of WM fabrics to share with me so I could make it really scrappy.

I have 14 of 16 circles finished.  I’m still not sure on the background color.  I like the scrappy neutrals but I also like red floral and the red tone-on-tone.  I like hand piecing – but the quilt itself is feeling rather boring.  I keep wondering how I can add an improv/modern slant to it.

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Indigo and Lime Green improv.  I like this one.  I need to dye a back for it and then quilt it.  I have the back pieces prepped and ready for an indigo dye session – hopefully soon.

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She Was Loved 3.  I like this one too.  It’s next in line to be quilted.  The first picture doesn’t show the completed top – only the background fabric.  This tryptic might need to find a place on the wall somewhere in our home.  I really like it.  It feels like art to me.

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Ruby May.  Ahhhh, Miss Ruby May.  Liberty fabrics appliqued on linen.  Embroidered motifs with Cottage Garden threads.  It really is a quilt that wanted to be hand quilted – but hands are hurting and Sweetie was calling.  I started doodle FMQing this one a few days ago.  I’ve always wanted to be able to doodle with quilting but have let fear of sucking get in the way.  Well, I finally dove into the pool of doodling.  And on a fabric where everything shows.  It’s turning out ok.  I’m probably close to ‘over quilting’ it – but that’s the way it goes.

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Houses, houses, houses by Yoko Saito.  I love Yoko Saito’s work.  And I’ve always been drawn to this pattern of hers.  Not sure where I’m going with it but I enjoy the freeform cutting and applique.  The blocks are 5×6″.  At one point, I thought about doing a couple quilted pieces to recover Mr. W’s reading chair.  I’m using the same color palette for this one and Long Time Gone so I could combine them for that purpose.

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I think that is the extent of my quilting UFOs.  TIme to sit in front of the fire and keep warm before deciding which one to work on today.

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