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I am being blackmailed by Mr. W.  He has advised me that since I have not blogged for nearly 3 months, that he is going to remove me (or my link) from HIS blog ON THE GRAPEVINE.

Well…here goes….an update on Sweet Fanny Adams.  I’ve started the jigsaw puzzle portion of the process…sewing bits and pieces together.  It’s always a crap shoot on how it turns out – even though I have a fairly good idea of where I’m going with it.

The last 2 pictures are where it is now.  The first 3 photos are the progression/development of the pieces.

My plan is to quilt the snot out of it and that is why I am leaving so much negative space.  I’m also planning to trapunto the letters in order for them to stand out.  And, I might embellish them with hand stitching.

I don’t know if it’s a new term or not…or if I have run across it somewhere else….but I think my ‘style’ could be called “abstract quilting”.  It’s not really “modern” and it’s not really “art”.  I used to call it “wabi-sabi” but I think “abstract quilting” is spot on.

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The 100 Day Project.

Does anyone want to join me?  Click on the link above to read about it.

You choose your thing.  Could be art or craft related or not.  I think it’s a good way to reach a goal or just to play.

No prizes or anything – just personal satisfaction.

I’m going to pledge to do a walk a day and some Kantha/Boro-style stitching daily.  My walk may not be long…but it will involve putting my walking shoes on (i.e. it won’t count to just walk from the couch to the frig and back).  My stitching can be as little as 15 minutes or so as I know it will add up over the 100 days.

If I miss a day…no worries.  No beating myself up.  My 100 days will most likely take more than a 100 days and that’s ok.

Think about it!  You can start any time.

The slide show….some of my favorite quilts from 2018.

 

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Don’t read this blog post if you are offended by swearing.  By the F word.  You have been warned.

It started with a couple indigo dyeing days over the last year or so.  A little bit of prep work on the fabric – resist techniques using simple things like rubber bands and old CDs, plastic templates and rocks and more time consuming resist techniques using shibori stitch resist.

Hint…if you include a couple friends, it is a fun morning!  The chemical side is real simple.  It’s just a matter of keeping track of your time when mixing your brew.

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Next up is the design process.  I have done one of these quilts before…using my indigo fabrics and improv techniques.  Here’s a picture of the first one:

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This time, I wanted to include words since I had just taken a class from Jessica Wheelahan on improv letters.  I showed up at the class.  There were only 4 of us so we had very personal attention.  When asked what word I wanted to do – I said FUCK.  Yup.  That was my word.  Sometimes no other word works.  It is my favorite swear word.  I don’t use it often but I like it.  Here are my results from that class:

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Next step was to put my fabrics up on the design wall.  Initially, I was going to do “OFF, IT and YOU”.  It seemed a bit harsh though so after consultation with a few peeps, I changed it to “Fuckity Fuck Fuck Fuck”.  Now…doesn’t that sound sweet?

Once I was happy with the arrangement, it was pinned and then quilted using the Sweet 16.  I used trapunto technique behind the letters as I wanted them to stand out.  To make sure no one missed them.

And, the finished quilt.  On my favorite fence (what is left of it) overlooking our side paddock and being held by Mr. W (note his cute boots!).

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I like it.  I’m pleased with it.  It makes me smile and frankly, I don’t care what others think of it.  Next time though, I might stick to my gut instinct and not soften the message.  Sometimes F-OFF, F-IT and F-YOU are appropriate…even if only said under my breath.

Several people have asked me if I’m going to enter it into any quilt shows.  Probably not.  I did bring it to my local group for show and tell but I gave them a warning to close their eyes if they were easily offended.  I’m not sure if people were offended or not as I received relatively little feedback.   I’d like to show it because I think it is art and I think art doesn’t always just have to be PRETTY….it can relay a message.  However, I don’t think I have a strong enough interest or the energy to rock boats any more.  Fuck it.

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Vintage fabrics, painted linens, embroidered linens, crochet pieces, laces, beads, broaches, ribbons….an amalgamation of stuff.

Embroidered names of family.  Family by blood.  Family by heart.  Family of family.  Some I know.  Some I knew.

I have about 25 names to embroider yet.  Just past the half-way point.

Inspiration taken from the quilt exhibit by Sigolaine Schweitzer at the Sydney Quilt Show last year.

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