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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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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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Many techniques used on this one.  Improv piecing, machine quilting, embroidery, hand quilting.   It started as demonstration blocks for a workshop I led in August.

I’m not sure if you can see them or not but there are ‘shadow’ women embroidered around this quilt.  Women of different shapes and sizes.  Also words.  This has a body diversity/body acceptance statement associated with it.  A little bit of anger at the societal focus and societal bigotry toward women who don’t fit into a certain size range.

I like it.

It was said to me yesterday that my work has a unique look to it.  Maybe.  I’m not sure.  Sometimes I think I have a distinct look but then I look at the bigger picture, I look at other improv quilters and I’m not sure.  I guess the bottom line for me is that I am enjoying what I am making.  I think I take inspiration from others and then hopefully create my own piece rather than copying someone else.

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Spinning wheels

I know I want to do something new and different (for me) but I don’t know what that is quite yet.  Instead, I just keep finishing UFOs.  One of these days I’m going to break free and figure out what is next on my list.  More Alcohol Ink?  Cold Wax Painting?  Continue to quilt only in a different style?  Not sure yet.  In the meantime, I’m working on this more traditional piece (Camelot) while FMQing on She Let Go.

My 16 blocks.  Camelot by Trish Harper in QuiltMania magazine a few years back.  Blocks are hand pieced.  Mainly William Morris fabrics.

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This is the original quilt from QuiltMania Magazine.  Note the solid muslin background.  I changed that as I thought it was a bit ‘blah’.

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This is my pile of neutrals I’ve gathered.  I’m thinking to do an improv-style border.  Using cross/plus blocks, checkerboards and strings.  I’m undecided about the sawtooth outer border – I’m not sure that I’ll need it once I do an improv border with all these fabrics.

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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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