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Warning:  Long post with lots of photos ahead.

This is our NON-Huzzzbund quilt.  An improv double wedding ring inspired by the quilts in the book Double Wedding Ring Quilts – Tradition made Modern  by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

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I used mostly my Japanese taupe scraps to crumb piece many of the melons and centers.  I used several different prints for the rest of it.

I believe I started doing the crumb piecing as a leader/ender project in June/July 2017.  The centers and melons were put together at our Lillipilli retreat in August.

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After I had the quilt put together into 2 chunks, I did a fair amount of embroidery on the blocks.  My plan was to embroider ‘stuff’ that represented Mr. W and my life together.  I would sit on the couch in front of the TV and we’d chat about what I should embroider that night.  We actually had a list of ideas on the arm of the couch that we would reference and add ideas to.

You know how you have those little SECRET things you say to each other?  Those cheeky little comments?  Those special little moments that make you smile?  Well, a lot of those secrets and situations were embroidered on the top.  Some of them are private, some aren’t.  Some of them are abbreviated (BMWA) and some of them aren’t (shut the fuckin’ door!).  Some I would share the meaning with you if you asked – others I would just smile and let you guess.  All have stories behind them.

I included cows (we have 7 Murray Greys), our passports, names of local beaches, our birthdates and names, a surfer (have I ever told you about my unfortunate surfing accident????) and rugby references (DrewBaby & Dr. Sharon!).  Also included was just random crazy quilt embroidery on the crumb pieced blocks.

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As this is an amazingly special quilt to me (and Mr. W), we decided to splash out and have Christine Fahey, an amazing quilter from Moruya, quilt it for us.  My instructions to her were to simply have fun and not to over quilt it.  She did an absolute gorgeous job on it.  I couldn’t have asked for anything more.  The quilting is whimsical and fits so perfectly with the feel of the quilt.  She added to the conversation of the quilt.  One example….sometimes Mr. W or I will say to the other….”You don’t mean that, do you?”.  Well, Chris quilted “of course not!” next to that comment.

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We have the quilt hung in the yoga room right now.  Mainly I put it there in order to make sure it is hanging straight (it IS!) as it will be in the local quilt show in June.  Once the show is over I think I want us to have it in the TV room to curl up under.  A quilt like this needs to be used, not folded up on a shelf.

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It is absolutely my most favorite quilt I have ever made (and I’ve made a LOT of quilts).  I love many of the quilts I have made – but to me, this one takes the cake.  It might not be the most perfectly sewn quilt I’ve ever made – but it has my heart in it.  It has our love in it.  Who knows where this quilt will end up but I hope that when someone, someday is looking at this quilt and trying to figure out something about the person who made it…I hope they at least figure out that we were totally and completely in love and enjoying life to the max.

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I’m back to working on my Voluptuous Woman quilt.  I’ve cleared the decks and plan to devote the next 2 weeks to her.

To quickly recap:  The base is a tablecloth that was given to me by my friend Ms. A.   She thinks it was originally owned by the mother of a neighbor of mine.  I cut the tablecloth into pieces then painted, stencilled, dyed and wrote on it.  Then I resewed the pieces back together.  Next, I added some embroidery.  The dancing women stencils are from StencilGirl (Loose Woman 1, 2 & 3).

The drawing was done by Ms. A’s daughter, B.  I coloured her drawing and then using the technique outlined in the book Pictorial Art Quilts by Leni Levenson Weiner, enlarged the drawing and printed it out to size (about 24″ high).  Then I traced it onto freezer paper and outlined the graduated grey scale sections.  My plan was to use this freezer paper template as my pattern pieces.

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I’ve changed my plan though.  I’m using this template as a guide, but I’m free hand cutting my fabrics.  All those little pieces would have been a pain to cut out and keep organised.  If my way doesn’t work, I can always fall back on doing it as per instructions in Leni’s book.

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These are the 4 fabrics I’m using for shading the body.  Oh, and I used a beige crumb pieced section (left over from “Sushi”) for the base of the body.  The fabric on the left may be used for her hair – it looks ‘curly’ to me.

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Anyway – this is the darkest fabric.  It’s all very rough right now.  I attached Misty Fuze to the back of the fabric so once it looks as I want it to, I’ll lightly press it so it will adhere to the crumb pieced base.  Once I have the base as I want it, I’ll attach the body to the background.  Then I’ll do some kind of raw edge stitching to attach it all.  Potentially even try my hand as some thread painting?  Who knows.

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One step at a time.  Flying by the seat of my pants.  I’m glad to have finally overcome my inertia to move forward on this project.  As my sidebar indicates – fear of sucking holds me back and I’ve been held back on this project for way too long.

I’ll be linking to the AHIQ (Ad Hoch Improv Quilting) gals tomorrow.  Fret Not Yourself and Sew Slowly

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Sue Spargo has a **Free** BOM program called “Instastitch” going right now that I’m participating in.  We’re 7 months into it.  She’s doing 2 versions – one in wool and one in denim.  No surprise here – I’m doing mine with a more neutral focus.  I started with the few Japanese taupe scraps that I have left and added other fabrics.  I’m taking a fair bit of liberty with not only the piecing but the embroidery.

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It’s the stitching that attracted me to the program in the first place.  For years, I’ve been wanting to do a crazy quilt – but not the traditional Victorian type crazy quilt.  Thinking back, I think embroidery was probably one of my first crafty LOVES.  I can remember as a teenager that I was doing embroidery on denim jackets and denim skirts.

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These are my 7 blocks as they are right now.  I’ll add at least one more section of embroidery to each block.  My plan is to do a line of stitching along one more seam in a crazy quilting type manner.  Sharon B, releases a new stitch every Tuesday, called TAST (Take a Stitch Tuesday) from her web site, Pintangle.  I’m planning to challenge myself to use her stitches.

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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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Just the pictures!

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