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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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IMG_3210Finished.  It would have taken far less time, effort and money to simply buy the Kantha/Boro-style quilts that I have seen that I have liked.  Instead, I revert to form by thinking to myself “I can make that”.  And so – I do.

This was a fabric I purchased in Dell Rapids, SD last year.  I had no purpose when I bought it other than I loved the vibrant colors and flowers.  I couldn’t cut it up so I decided to Kantha/Boro-style quilt it.  I think there are 3 spools of perle 8 threads in it.

The bottom section is concentric circles about 3/4-1″ apart.  The top section is rows of stitching about 3/8″ apart.  I might need to go back and add another row of stitches on the concentric circles.  I like the softness of that area though.  The heavier quilted area is…well…HEAVIER.

It’s my new yoga quilt.  The perfect weight to cover up with during savasana.  Now to start Spring cleaning and get the winter cobwebs cleared out of the yoga room.  ugh.

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I might need to shift gears and pull out my paints for awhile.  None of my quilting projects are tripping my trigger.  They are long term projects that I’ve lost enthusiasm for.   A few of the traditional ones are in the ‘bleh’ category.  The improv ones are past the design stages and into the finishing stage which then leads me to the question of what to do with them when they are finished.

Here are pictures and discussion of my current UFOs.

Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell.  I’m doing this as a block of the month.  I like the fabrics (Japanese taupes) and the pattern is fine.  It’s just that it’s someone else’s pattern.  It’s like doing a ‘paint by numbers’ painting.

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EPP diamonds.  I started this a couple years ago to test out the Eppiflex product.  Love the product (and Danni!) but EPP hurts my hands.  And, this is turning out so BORING.  SO traditional.  I might need to follow the advice I gave a friend about her UFOs…put it in a box, tape it shut and put it in the garage or under a bed until I want to work on it again (if EVER).  Or give it away.

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My Favorite word is.  This is embroidery on fabric that my friend Candy gave me – graduated starburst-like shades of grey from light to dark.  I started doing freeform embroidery on it with the gorgeous Cottage Garden Threads.  In the center, I plan to embroider my favorite word.  (Any guesses???? lol)

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EPP bag.  A pattern I bought at a local quilt show.  1″ hexagons out of left over Liberty fabric.  I’m using linen for the main bag.  It’s finished except for putting a string through the top.  Another ‘what am I going to do with this’ project.

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Orange Kantha.  I do love this one.  It is simply a 1 & 1/2 meter chunk of fabric that I bought at Always your Design in Dell Rapids, South Dakota last year.  I LOVE the fabric and didn’t want to cut it up so I’m Kantha stitching it.  It may take a lifetime as the rows are about 1/2″ apart.  I like everything about it – but it’s rather boring work.  And, it feels like I will never get to the finish line.  I save it for days when I need mindless work or when watching cricket.

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Camelot.  I started this one on a whim earlier this year.  A group of us went to a quilt show and I found this gorgeous William Morris fabric line that HAD to come home with me.  VERY traditional.  Trish Harper had this pattern in QuiltMania magazine a few years back and I had it the back of my mind that I’d like to do it someday.  This fabric seemed to be the perfect fit.  Plus, a friend had a bag of WM fabrics to share with me so I could make it really scrappy.

I have 14 of 16 circles finished.  I’m still not sure on the background color.  I like the scrappy neutrals but I also like red floral and the red tone-on-tone.  I like hand piecing – but the quilt itself is feeling rather boring.  I keep wondering how I can add an improv/modern slant to it.

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Indigo and Lime Green improv.  I like this one.  I need to dye a back for it and then quilt it.  I have the back pieces prepped and ready for an indigo dye session – hopefully soon.

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She Was Loved 3.  I like this one too.  It’s next in line to be quilted.  The first picture doesn’t show the completed top – only the background fabric.  This tryptic might need to find a place on the wall somewhere in our home.  I really like it.  It feels like art to me.

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Ruby May.  Ahhhh, Miss Ruby May.  Liberty fabrics appliqued on linen.  Embroidered motifs with Cottage Garden threads.  It really is a quilt that wanted to be hand quilted – but hands are hurting and Sweetie was calling.  I started doodle FMQing this one a few days ago.  I’ve always wanted to be able to doodle with quilting but have let fear of sucking get in the way.  Well, I finally dove into the pool of doodling.  And on a fabric where everything shows.  It’s turning out ok.  I’m probably close to ‘over quilting’ it – but that’s the way it goes.

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Houses, houses, houses by Yoko Saito.  I love Yoko Saito’s work.  And I’ve always been drawn to this pattern of hers.  Not sure where I’m going with it but I enjoy the freeform cutting and applique.  The blocks are 5×6″.  At one point, I thought about doing a couple quilted pieces to recover Mr. W’s reading chair.  I’m using the same color palette for this one and Long Time Gone so I could combine them for that purpose.

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I think that is the extent of my quilting UFOs.  TIme to sit in front of the fire and keep warm before deciding which one to work on today.

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