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I organized a second Indigo dyeing day.  Five others participated and brought their prepared packages.  Here is a slideshow of our results.

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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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**addendum**  Color me sad.  This workshop was cancelled.  Oh well – something else will come up.  I still have a quilt retreat in South Dakota to look forward to!

I’ve decided to treat myself to a workshop in a few months.  I’m going to an Elizabeth Bunsen workshop called Morning Practice and Mapping Interior Geography.  Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?  I really have no clue exactly WHAT we will be doing – and I’m ok with that.  I even booked myself a room for the night so that I don’t need to drive back and forth.  A mini-solo vacation – I haven’t had one of those for years and I miss them.

I’ve followed Elizabeth’s work and her blog, Be….Dream…..Play for years.  She works with rust.  With Indigo.  With fabric.  With ephemera.  With found objects.  With journals.

I’m always concerned that I may be violating copyright laws when I post others pictures so I won’t post anything of hers but take a minute or two and do a Google Image search on “Elizabeth Bunsen” and you’ll see a huge selection of her work.

I think it’s time for me to put a plea out to my local peeps that I’m in need of more rusted objects.  I feel the need to do more rust work.  More eco-dyeing (hello GUM tree leaves!).  Also, silk/wool/cotton fabric that is headed to the dump or 2nd hand stores.

Now though?  I’m going to go do some yoga.  I’m once again trying to establish my MORNING yoga routine.  I’m good with my afternoon yoga routine.  Most days between 3 and 4, I spend a good hour doing yoga.  Plus my meditation practice is solid.  I just feel like my morning routine could be better.  Less computer time, more head-space time.  More body-space time.

Oh, and here’s a sneak peak of a piece I started a few weeks back.  I think I posted about the painting/dyeing process?  It started life as a tablecloth (thanks Ms. A!).  Then I painted, dyed, stencilled and wrote on it.  It’s the base piece for my body positivity/body shaming piece.  I don’t have a name for it yet.  It will include embroidery.  And my ‘vision’ is to have a woman’s naked body in the foreground – I’m unsure of what technique I’m using yet – I’ve been studying several photo quilt techniques trying to figure it out.  Jenny Bowker‘s techniques are at the forefront.  Her piece called Hashim is one of my inspirations.

One more thing…..I started another college course last week.  Creativity and the Ageing.  I have 3 creative projects over the course.  I also finished my Dementia course with the U of Tasmania.  HIGHLY recommend it.

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Magnolia (pattern, with modifications, by Sue Spargo) is on the table ready to be pin basted and then FMQ’d.  I decided to go with a lightweight flannel for the back and a lightweight black cotton batting.  I need to place an order for Isacord thread for the green section but will be able to start as I have both blue and red threads that will work.

My quilting plan is to outline stitch the appliqué, add some stitching to the appliqué pieces, miscellaneous motifs in the backgrounds of each blocks in the red and green borders and then do some type of feathers in the dark, outer border.  Mainly just use it as a piece to practice my FMQ skills – perhaps even push myself a little bit with those pesky feathers!

Recap:  Most of the wools were dyed by me using Dharma Acid Dyes.  Centre block design was changed from the pattern.  Quilt is about 70″ square.  The whip stitch appliqué is done with the Aurifil Lana wool thread that I won last year.  It’s beautiful thread – I highly recommend it.  The embellished stitches were done with various threads that I’ve collected over the years.  I used Sue Spargo’s stitchery book for ideas.

 

 

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I don’t think I’ve posted much (if anything) about Magnolia.  It’s a pattern by Sue Spargo.  I’m using wool that I dyed using Dharma acid dyes.  The top picture is my version.  The 2nd picture is the quilt from her book.  

I’m whip stitching the wool onto the background with the Aurifil Italian threads (Lana wool) that was my prize from Primitive Quilts & Projects.  The thread is so lovely to work with.  It blends into the wool pieces beautifully.  And, with 48 different colors – I’m spoiled for choice.  (Thanks again Primitive Quilts & Projects for choosing me as the 2nd place winner in the Primitive Quilt Exhibit 2015 original design category.  Deadline for 2016 submission is May if you’re interested.)

I wasn’t crazy about the house in the centre of Sue’s version so I did a wonky house using an image I found on Google as my inspiration (see below).  The picture was posted on this BLOG and attributed to Tonye Belinda Phillips.   I’ve never heard of her before but you can bet I’ll be stalking her blog to learn more about her!  I like her style – totally.

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I nearly have all the wool appliqué done on the centre and the first border.  Next steps 1) embellish with thread and maybe beads and 2) dye wool for the next border.  I’m thinking to go with the neon/lime green.  I have about 8 plaid wool skirts to deconstruct and then dye.  I want to vary the color of the fabrics slightly so plan to add a smidgen or two of blue and yellow to the basic green dye and see what happens (thanks Mr. W for the suggestion).

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