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This 36×36 quilt started with flannel squares.  Then I whip stitched wool blobs onto each square using Superior Bottom Line thread.  My inspiration came from Kandinsky and various other quilt artists that I’ve seen over the years.

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I free motion quilted it in the pebble motif using my new Martelli hoop (which I love!).

Instead of binding, I used a facing technique from Terry Aske.  Why did I do facing instead of binding?  Since it’s a smaller size I may use it as wall art and I think the non-bound edge looks better when hung.  That’s just my personal opinion though (and it could change tomorrow!).  It does still need a sleeve attached but I couldn’t be bothered doing that just now.

I enjoy working with wool and am planning my next wool project.  I’m thinking Sue Spargo/Wendy Williams-type BOM.  Design my own BOM for 2016.  What are your 2016 quilt plans?

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I set up a barter with my sister, K2.  In exchange for a stack of black and white fabrics I finished two of her UFO tops while back in the USA.  Well, I ALMOST finished two of them.  The butterfly one still needs another border but she needs to pull more fabrics to finish it up.  The pink one is a quilt our mom designed for K2’s 40th birthday – 40 star blocks.  She turns 55 today.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY K2!

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I love this quilt!  Is it ok to love your own work so much?  I think so.

The details:

English paper pieced the hexagons – many of them on our trip to Austria and USA a few years back.  Mainly Japanese Taupe fabrics but a few wild cards thrown in for good measure.  Border is crumb pieced from left overs.  Back was hand painted and dyed using inspiration from that Palomino horse I saw at the Milton Show last year (remember?  Mr. W had to take a picture of it?).  Used quilters light batting (VERY lightweight).  Hand quilted it using Presencia 12 threads – the left overs from my New York Beauty quilt.  Followed Bonnie Hunter‘s idea for a freeform Baptist Fan pattern – although I changed it up and made a template with holes in it.  (I would use this technique again.)

Did I mention how much I love it?  It’s a keeper.  I think what I love so much about it (apart from loving the entire process) is that it is a juxtaposition or amalgamation of both traditional and modern quilting styles.  (As a side note, I’m not really into the whole “MODERN” quilt philosophy – I personally think it’s a bit ‘oh look at me’ type of thinking.  I honestly don’t believe there is really anything new and modern about quilting – it’s just reinterpretations of what has been done in the past.  Having said that – I do think it’s a combo of styles and I like that idea.  I might try it again in the future.)

This quilt definitely falls into the ‘slow quilting’ or ‘slow stitching’ category.  Which I’m loving more and more.  Although I enjoy the speed of machine quilting (both piecing and quilting) – I am finding more and more that I love the pleasure of sitting and doing hand stitching.  Hand stitching of any kind really……knitting, crochet, quilting, embroidery.  I’m even thinking to try my hand at hand piecing as I want to make Circle Games by Jen Kingwell.

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That’s about it.  Another UFO completed.  I was looking at my list of 2015 UFOs and it is getting down there.  I think I only have about 10 projects left on it.  I’ve resisted adding many – other than a few baby quilts and gift quilts – so I’m hopeful by the end of the year, I’ll be current.  Then again…..Houston is looming……perhaps all bets are off at this point.

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Here’s a little slide show of my finished Slice & Dice 9-patch.  I put a wide border on it as I wanted to experiment with some ‘negative space’ quilting.  I also wanted to combine some of the zentangle-inspired work that I’ve been doing on paper.  It’s about 30×40 inches.  The back is some of the eco-dyed fabrics I did a couple years back.   I like it.

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Another ‘this and that’ post.

Here are the blocks from my Gypsy Wife BOM.  It’s looking a little ‘blah’ to me so I’m going to add some ‘fabric vomit’ to the mix.  And, some of the gorgeous Kaffe fabrics that my friend Kris sent me (thanks again, Kris!  Love them!).

 

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This little gem below is still in process.  It doesn’t have a name yet.  Maybe ‘Slice and Dice Nine patch‘?  These are left over blocks from another project (Karyl….do you recognize it?).  Right now it’s a BIG FAIL as I wanted the borders to be added in a curved fashion – but they aren’t lying flat so they need to be taken off and reapplied before I can quilt it.  I need to do some research on how to sew on a curved edge border because my technique obviously didn’t work.  My plan was to have WIDE borders in order to practice my ‘negative space’ FMQing.

 

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And this is the back to the previous quilt.  I pieced together some of my eco-dyed prints from a couple years back.  I’m still on the austerity kick – using up what I have whenever possible rather than buying new.  I’m telling you…..my stash is ALMOST manageable.

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And here’s what I’ve done with the left over blocks from the Bonnie Hunter mystery Grand Illusions.  I had 4 blocks plus some building blocks.  I made 2 more blocks and then used up the bits and pieces in the border.  It ended up about 50×60.  A nice lap or child-sized quilt.  Need to go stash diving to try and find enough fabric for a pieced back and then I think I’ll quilt it from the back (because I think I’d get LOST quilting it from the front) – maybe I’ll be brave enough to try some random doodling since the quilt isn’t for any special purpose.

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And this is my portable design floor.  Two meters of decorator fabric that I had in my stash for 10+ years.  Two meters of iron-on fleece.  One cardboard roll and a glue gun.  Mom pointed me to Bonnie Hunter’s blog for the idea.  Turned over and sewed the edges of the fabric onto the fleece and glued one end to the cardboard roll.  I’ll be taking it to the retreat next week and hopefully using to to lay out my bordered nine-patch quilt.

 

 

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This little picture shows you my preparation for the May KAL.  A Mindy Ross design called Whispered Memories using Wolle’s yarn.  I’m going to attempt beading of my thingy.  Wish me luck.  Wild colors for me.  The colorway is called Pimento and the green is Chili.  That thing in the lower left is a Fleegle Beeder – just in case you were wondering.  🙂  It’s used for putting beads onto your yarn.

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And finally – two more bionic gear zipper bags.  These are handy little bags and I don’t totally HATE making them but there comes a point, usually when I’m trying to get all the layers sewn together neatly, where I wonder why the heck I’m making them.  These are number 4 and 5.  I’m keeping one for myself just in case I never make another one.

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