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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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Boro-style patches on my favourite jean jacket.  

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Knitted and crocheted scarf with Wolle’s yarn

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Three ‘dress up’ bibs for M&M’s girl-child

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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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Sue Spargo has a **Free** BOM program called “Instastitch” going right now that I’m participating in.  We’re 7 months into it.  She’s doing 2 versions – one in wool and one in denim.  No surprise here – I’m doing mine with a more neutral focus.  I started with the few Japanese taupe scraps that I have left and added other fabrics.  I’m taking a fair bit of liberty with not only the piecing but the embroidery.

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It’s the stitching that attracted me to the program in the first place.  For years, I’ve been wanting to do a crazy quilt – but not the traditional Victorian type crazy quilt.  Thinking back, I think embroidery was probably one of my first crafty LOVES.  I can remember as a teenager that I was doing embroidery on denim jackets and denim skirts.

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These are my 7 blocks as they are right now.  I’ll add at least one more section of embroidery to each block.  My plan is to do a line of stitching along one more seam in a crazy quilting type manner.  Sharon B, releases a new stitch every Tuesday, called TAST (Take a Stitch Tuesday) from her web site, Pintangle.  I’m planning to challenge myself to use her stitches.

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This quilt is entirely hand pieced.  I don’t LOVE hand piecing yet – but it is getting easier.  And, I think I’m going to really like this quilt when it’s finished.

I’ve decided to go with 12 rather than 16 blocks.  Since taking this picture, I have the blocks sewn into rows and am now sewing the rows together.  It goes rather quickly so by the end of the week, I’m hopeful to have this on the design wall, figuring out what to do for the border.  I’m leaning toward doing a liberated/improv border rather than the 1/2 circles.  I might do a narrow border of the aqua first to pull that color out (like the points) – we’ll see.

Pattern is by Jen Kingwell of Amitie.  Here’s a picture of her version.

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