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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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Here is a slide show of the progress on She Let Go.  I think I’m nearing completion on the top.  I like most everything about it.  My plan is to let it sit for a day or two before I finalize the piecing.  Today I made some major moves on it and am more satisfied with it.

I’m thinking to do a trapunto-type process behind the words so that they pop.  I also think I’m going to doodle quilt it; or ‘quilt the snot out of it’ as my friend Susan says.  Sweetie is warmed up and ready to quilt.

My other thought is to use all the left over fabrics for the back.  This is the 2nd quilt I’ve made with this collection of fabrics and I’m ready to move on to something else.  Perhaps I’ll make it a double-sided quilt – I like that idea.  The only thing is that I will make the pieces larger so that I don’t have a huge build-up of seams.

I have quite a few left over ‘building blocks’ – especially the diamond shaped string pieces (which I love but they just didn’t work) – so there might be a smallish wall piece in the making before I totally put this color palette to bed.

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I started a new quilt – improv – challenged by a group to use an ugly fabric.  “She Let Go” is inspired by the poem by Safire Rose.  I used her poem previously in my New York Beauty quilt.  I’m in the beginning stages…building blocks.  I love this stage of quilt design.

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Next is a picture of 60×60.  Top is finished.  Machine FMQ is finished.  Now I’m doing some hand embroidery/stitching/Kantha.  Another favorite part of the quilting process for me.  It sits in front of the TV so each night I do something on it.

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And finally, a piece of Alcohol Ink on tile that I recently finished.  I had an old canvas that I painted black and then Mr. W attached the tile (left over from the bathroom remodel) to it.  It hangs in the little house.  This was using just one color of alcohol ink (black) and blending solution.  I love all the colors that developed and the texture.  The 2nd and 3rd pictures are close-ups.  It is truly meditative work.  I couldn’t do another like this if I tried.

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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.

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

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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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