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Another winter finish.  This one is called Camelot.  It is a Trish Harper pattern that was free through the French quilt magazine Quilt Mania. (still available for purchase on Etsy).  It is hand pieced and hand quilted.  I used Quilters Dream Request batting in it so it is very light weight.  A good stack of William Morris fabrics was used plus contributions from a few friends.  I quilted it with Presencia/Finca 12 wt thread in big stitch style.

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It is a big quilt…90×90…fits the top of our King Size bed.

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I don’t know that I ever want to do another hand quilted King Size quilt again but it did finish rather rapidly (well, after 3-4 months) while watching 45 rugby world cup games the last 6 weeks.  Yes, I love rugby!  Our team, the Wallabies, didn’t win or even do well – which was expected.  However, I did wear my Wallabies jersey for each game they played.  It has now been washed and retired for another season. 

My second favorite team, The Brave Blossoms, did a crack-up job and surprised everyone.  South Africa came away with the top prize and there were certainly heartwarming tales to come from their side.  The first black captain of the South African rugby team, Siya Kolisi,  was raised by his grandmother in poverty, struggled to have food, walked 10 miles to school without shoes.  Hopefully rugby will help bring healing to a ravaged country.

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Many people have embraced quick and easy projects.  Many people I know are loving using embroidery machines.  To each their own.  Everyone must find what feeds their creativity and the time they have available.  I find that I continue to embrace the slow.  Slow stitching.  There is a place for all styles and levels of quilting but for several years now, I have been gravitating toward slowing things down.  It started nearly 20 years ago when I discovered something called “Slow Travel”.  Then there was the slow food movement.  And eventually, the last few years, the “Slow Stitch” movement.  Even my improv machine work is slow.  Slow is where it is for me right now.

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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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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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