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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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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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My latest improv using scraps left over from my She Was Loved series (pictures soon).  I’m in the ‘move around’ and add/delete stage.  I want a few more stars and NY beauty blocks around the outside in the low contrast black/grey tones.

I’m quite satisfied with the right hand side and still working to fine tune the left.  I don’t want it TOO chaotic.

It’s larger than I planned.  Go figure.

I’m thinking to add embroidery to this one as I did with the Non-Huzzbund quilt.

Stay tuned…under development.

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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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