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Project OVERLOAD

I am currently feeling overloaded and over-stimulated quilt-wise.  I have 6 projects on the go right now in the little house.  Four on design walls, one on the cutting table and one lined up and being used as a leader/ender.  Four of them are close to completion (the tops).  The weather has been warmer so it’s been warmer in the little house and more conducive for working.  And, the quilt mojo is firing.  No complaints!

Glorious Hexagon:  This one is giving me fits.  I don’t like the dark brown inner border but it’s all stitched.  I’m going to change it – I just don’t know to what or how.  I’ve already removed 2 sets of borders.  If I didn’t like the centre and the outer border so much, I’d put it in the bin to hibernate.

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Voluptuous Woman:  I’ve finished the fabric shading on her body and stitched it down (more stitching when I attach her to the background).  My problem is she needs a shadow to anchor her – but what I’ve come up with so far sorta looks like a blob of poop – which is not what I’m looking for!  🙂  This fabric is the one I like best so far – but the shape isn’t quite right.

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One Block Wonder:  This was a class I took a couple weeks ago.  I keep moving the hexagons around trying to figure out what I want to do with them.  It’s been fun playing. No hurry on this one.

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Split Personality – side one of doorway curtain.  I’m making a double-sided curtain to hang in the doorway between the dining room and the TV room.  We finally had A/C installed but it’s not enough to cool the entire house so we’re blocking off the main area to cool.  This side will face the dining room.  It’s another Japanese taupe improv piece.

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And this is side two of Split Personality.  This is using the fabrics we purchased in the Amana Colonies in Iowa earlier this year.  It was a panel print that I cut into squares and sashed.

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And finally, simple 9 patch blocks (24) that I’m making in preparation for a quilt group disappearing 9 patch demo that my friend is doing next week.  I figure it’s always good to have a finished top prepped.

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Whew….I’m tired just listing these.  I think I need a glass of wine.

OH WAIT….a finish.  I finished Steampunk last week.  It’s hanging over the door to the yoga room.  Looks fab!

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Lyla Jane

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Made in memory of Lyla Jane, daughter of my nephew and his wife.

Technique is fabric collage, loosely following the technique outlined in the book Laura’s Little Book of Collage by Laura Heine.  I used about 15-20 different floral fabrics and a lot of Steam-a-Seam 2 Lite.

The dragonfly is actually some sheer curtain fabric that I’ve had for years.  I wanted it to look as if the dragonfly was flying over the flowers.

My friend Robyn quilted Lyla’s name in the leaves on her commercial machine.

The quote on the label is from a dragonfly poem that my sister-in-law has on her frig.

M&M gave out packets of wildflower seeds at Lyla’s memorial so the flower and dragonfly theme seems particularly meaningful.  They have also done a lending library in their front yard for the neighbourhood children.

Thanks to my friend Candy for issuing this challenge!

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The Dragonfly
Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads,
there lived a little water beetle in a community of water
beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond
with few disturbances and interruptions.
Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of
their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and
would never be seen again. They knew when this happened; their
friend was dead, gone forever.
Then, one day, one little water beetle felt and irresistible urge
to climb up that stem. However, she was determined that she would
not leave forever. She would come back and tell her friends what
she had found at the top.
When she reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the
surface of the lily pad, she was so tired, and the sun felt so
warm, that she decided she must take a nap. As she slept, her body
changed and when she woke up, she had turned into a beautiful
blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body
designed for flying.
So, fly she did! And, as she sored she saw the beauty of a whole
new world and a far superior way of life to what she had never
known existed.
Then she remembered her beetle friends and how they were thinking
by now she was dead. She wanted to go back to tell them, and
explain to them that she was now more alive than she had ever been
before. Her life had been fulfilled rather than ended.
But, her new body would not go down into the water. She could
not get back to tell her friends the good news. Then she understood that their time would come, when they, too, would
know what she now knew. So, she raised her wings and flew off into her joyous new life!
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Squircles is finished

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Squircles is finally finished.  It is about 60 inches square.  It is based upon a challenge that Audrey from the blog QuiltyFolk issued called Quilty365.

Details:

  • Instead of circles – I chose to do freehand cut squircles.
  • They are hand appliquéd onto 4 & 1/2″ blocks – except for a few rogue blocks that were  put onto double sized blocks.
  • Set 10×10 blocks.
  • Pink border was freehand cut.
  • Charcoal border started as a plain charcoal (boring!) and then I painted, stencilled and wrote on it.
  • Used QuiltLite as the batting (it’s that woven light weight interfacing-type stuff which I think is not only the BOMB to quilt with but is the perfect weight for our climate).
  • Big stitch quilted around each squircle and then approximately 1/4″ outside the squircle.  Stitches in the squircles were done with Eleganza thread in multi colors.  Also did random criss-cross lines of big stitching in the outer border in a hot pink.
  • No picture – but I used the wrong side of the backing fabric as the right side was too defined.
  • After I thought it was done, ‘it’ asked to have bright pink embroidery added.  So, what was I to do?  I complied by adding freeform embroidery to about a third of the blocks.  (Squircles is now a happy quilt!).

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I’m linking up with AHIQ.  If you don’t already follow Kaja (Sew Slowly) & Ann (Fret Not Yourself) – you might want to check them out.  They are both so creative and inspirational!

On a personal note – WE HAVE A/C!  Yes, we finally bit the bullet and had air conditioning installed.  No more afternoons sitting in the garage in the car with the air running.

Also, my quilt mojo seems to have returned and I’ve been quilting like a woman possessed the last 4-5 days.  Fun, fun, fun!

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Current projects

I was reviewing a text document and ran across my Summer 2017 list of projects.  I’m talking Southern Hemisphere Summer – which was 6 months ago.  I haven’t finished any of them.  I have made progress though.  And, added a couple projects along the way.

Here are some pictures and a status update:
Sue Spargo Sampler – The top and the back are pieced (with fabric I brought back from the USA from my USA stash).  It will be hand big stitch quilted with Quilters Lite batting.
Steampunk – This is  Jen Kingwell pattern.  Both top and back are pieced.  I pieced the back with Kaffe fat quarters that Billye sent me.  It will be machine quilted by me.
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The New Hexagon/Glorious Hexagon – All the blocks are finished and now I’m sewing the rows together.  This is the part I hate.  This is the part that makes me screech to anyone that will listen “I am never going to make another hexagon quilt again!”.  Two of 3 sections of rows are sewn together.  ugh.
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Squircles.  This one was based upon a Quilty365 challenge or sew-a-long where you did one circle a day for a year.  I did 100 of them.  And, I couldn’t just do perfect circles (hello?) – I had to do freehand cut squircles.  I hand appliquéd them.  Then I did 2 rows of big stitch quilting around them.  Oh, and the border fabric was a boring charcoal so I painted it.  And, I freehand cut the pink batik border.  I like it.  It’s not quite done though – I’m thinking it needs some hot pink embroidered circle motifs – not in every squircle – just several sprinkled around it.
Crumb double wedding ring – I’m still making the crumb pieces for this Victoria Finnley Wolfe-inspired double wedding ring.  I’m hoping to borrow some templates and get to cutting on this one soon.

Voluptuous Woman.  Slowly but surely she is progressing.  I think I have one more shade to go on the body then I’ll start on her hair.  I’m still not sure how I’m going to sew these shading fabrics down – whether I’ll do ‘thread painting’ or just a simple stitch technique.  This one is truly a ‘seat of my pants’ work.

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grey EPP  – I did about 20 blocks while on holiday and haven’t looked at it since.  It is truly my travel project.  The colors in this picture aren’t true – they are shades of grey.
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tumbler block EPP  – huh?
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July Collage Challenge – This is done using steam-a-seam and fussy cut floral fabrics.  I can’t tell you what it is yet as we are playing a guessing game as to what we are making.  It’s been fun doing it – but I don’t think it’s a technique that I will do often – if ever again.
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Sydney Quilt Show

Quilts that caught my eye while at the Sydney Quilt Show last week.

 

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