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Boro-style patches on my favourite jean jacket.  




Knitted and crocheted scarf with Wolle’s yarn





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.



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.



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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I have gone back and forth on this quilt trying to decide how I want to quilt it.  At one point, I pin basted it and tried to machine quilt it.  Too big.  I took out the stitches, unpinned it and put it back on the shelf.  My next thought was to have it commercially quilted.  I even had the quilting pattern selected.  It’s a big quilt though (80×100) and that means a BIG bill.  For a quilt that I really am not sure what I will do with when finished – I am hesitant to spend big bucks having it custom quilted.

Having just finished the big stitch quilting on Gypsy Wife, I once again returned to the thought (and suggestion from K2) to hand quilt it myself.  As there is no deadline to have it done – if it takes me a long time – what’s the big deal there?  More importantly, one of my favourite parts of quilting lately is doing the hand stitching – whether it’s simply the binding or potentially in this case, the hand quilting.  (I’m totally and completely embracing the Slow Stitch Movement!)

So, decisions have been made.  I’m going to use Quilt Lite (which is similar to cheesecloth) as the batting.  I’m going to thread baste it this summer and have it ready for Autumn/Winter work.  I envision many hours of working on it while watching Rugby and later in 2016, the Olympics.  I’m going to use size 12 Finca Presencia thread.

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Here’s where I need your help….I need suggestions on a quilting pattern.  I want a repeatable/all-over pattern that is relatively simple.  Something I can do freehanded once I get started (i.e. no marking).

I did a freeform Baptist Fan on my liberated hexagon quilt (see above) and would like to do something similar but not the same.  Maybe freeform clamshells?  Double clamshells?  Repeating half-circles?  Or even maybe a freeform echoed flower of some sort?  I’m struggling to come up with ideas.  What do you think?  Do you know of any Pinterest pages with ideas for me?  Any quilt template companies?  Shoot me some ideas quilt peeps!


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