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Oh, how she loved to be home (alone).  This is a resounding refrain I have heard over the last few years.  Not that women don’t enjoy their children and partners – but many rarely have any time at home ALONE.  And when we do, it feels different.  Not better, just different.  And good.

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I dug into my bin of ‘romantic florals’ and pieced together a back as I no longer have any large pieces of fabric in my stash.  (What a great feeling!)

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The triangle border inspiration came from Nicholas Ball‘s book Inspiring Improv.

Color palette was my beige scrap bag plus raspberry & caramels.

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Lettering was done with the help of my friend Brooke.  I knew what I wanted (a specific font) but my computer program wasn’t working so she printed the letters out to size for me.  I layered two fabrics on top of each other and shifted the back one to give the shadow effect.  Then I button hole stitched the top fabric (rust linen) leaving the under layer to fray.

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I quilted her with the Sweet 16 that was on loan from a friend with a doodle style.  I have some words quilted into it but mainly just a lot of doodles.  Some might think I’ve ‘quilted the snot’ out of it – but I like it and I truly enjoy the quilting process.  Sweetie has gone home now.  I will miss her but I won’t miss quilting big quilts.

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One problem I need to resolve….see that faint orange line?  I used the Dritz 3095 chalk pencil to write the words before I quilted them.  I’ve used the orange chalk before without problems, but this time….PROBLEM.  This was hanging outside during our latest rain storm and was totally saturated but when it dried, the pencil mark is still there,  Faint – but there.  Oh well….

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This final picture is the results of three HUGE fire damaged trees being removed.  Our little house/studio is on the right.  I have a wide open view of the side paddock now.  A few days after this picture was taken, we had a terrible storm with high winds and 12-15″ of rain and three more trees came down.  You can read more about it on Mr. W’s On the Grapevine.

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Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate.

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This time of year inspires many of us to be grateful and thankful.  Today, I am grateful to donate my time, ability and resources to the charity Share the Dignity.  An Australian Charity.  In a nutshell, this charity collects and donates pads and tampons for women at risk.  Those who are homeless.  Those who are in shelters.  Teens who do not have the resources to buy pads or tampons.  Women who have left violent environments.

The charity runs three campaigns.  April and August campaigns are to collect pads, tampons and incontinence items.

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The Christmas campaign is called the IITB or It’s In The Bag campaign.   Per their website:

It’s simple. First of all, choose a handbag in good condition that you no longer use.  Then, fill it with items that would make a woman feel special, pop in a thoughtful note or Christmas card and show her someone cares. Show her that she matters because everyone deserves to feel that way.

Next time you’re at the shops, collect a few items for your Christmas handbag. No matter how you celebrate Christmas with your family, this will be the most meaningful and appreciated gift you give this year.

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There are 7 items that we try to make sure are included in each bag.  Shampoo & Conditioner, Toothbrush and Toothpaste, Soap/Wash, Roll on deoderant and most importantly, a package of pads or tampons.

There are three local Sheros who are doing the pick up, checking and delivery of these donated bags.  The donation point is Bunnings.  The dates are November 22 through December 7.  We have 11 local charities we are trying to support with a total bag request of nearly 350 bags.

Several local organizations and individuals have been extremely generous so we are hopeful we will be able to reach this massive goal.  I call it a massive goal as bag donations last year were less than 150.  If you have the resources, I would love for you to put a bag together and drop it off at the Ulladulla Bunnings.

Working with this charity, reading the stories of gratitude that come from those women and girls who receive these Christmas bags, well, it both makes my heart sad and makes my heart happy.  Sad that there are women and girls in these situations but happy that there are so many SHEROS (and heros) out there that take the time to fill a bag and donate it.

It also makes me grateful for my mom.  She raised 4 daughters (and 1 son) on a very limited income.  Not once did I open the cupboard and not find a box of pads or tampons to use when I needed them.  Not once did I have to stay home from school because I had my period and didn’t have a pad or tampon.  Not once did I have to use an old sock because I didn’t have sanitary products.  The saddest thing is not once have I stopped to be grateful and thankful for my mom for making sure I could take care of my basic sanitary needs.  I never thought about it.  It never crossed my mind until I started supporting this charity.  So here it is….

Thanks mom.  Not only for making sure my needs were met on this issue but for everything.    You are loved.  I am thankful.

 

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I have decided to take a semi-sabbatical from quilting.  I’m not planning to full on QUIT quilting, but I’m going to put it in the backseat and put painting in the front seat.  For the month of September at least.

Years ago, I took a workshop on cold wax painting.  I wasn’t crazy about the workshop (the teacher was distracted, jet lagged and not attentive at all) but I did like some of my results.  However,  I never went any further with it other than to put my paintings up and admire them occasionally.

I have been following the work/art of Rebecca Crowell for well over 5 years.  Dreaming of painting in that style.  About 2 years ago, she came out with a book with Jerry McLaughlin.  They crowd funded it.  Over the last two years, I’ve sat in my chair and read and re-read their book.  Dreaming.  Now they have video teaching available.  I would love to invest in the video, but here’s the thing….I’m still just DREAMING.  And, it is an expensive video (although a LOT cheaper than going to one of their workshops).  I have yet to mix cold wax and oil together and put it on canvas or paper so it is hard to justify the purchase.  But….that is going to change.

September 2019….I deem COLD WAX PAINTING MONTH.

(5 day pause)

ok, so it is now September 4th.  My plan/goal is to paint daily for the month of September and then evaluate whether I want to continue painting or not.  So far, I’ve painted 3 of 4 days.  I do enjoy it.  It only ‘takes’ about an hour of my time though before I’ve run out of ideas and painting substrates so then I switch over to quilting.

My question at the end of my painting session today was “How do you know when to quit?  How do you know when a painting is done?”  Especially with abstract painting….it’s not like I’m trying to paint a tree or a house or something specific.  So…..how DO you know when to quit?  I’ll get back to you on that one if/when I figure it out.

I’ll post picture of my painting throughout the month.  I’m not looking for critique.  I might even shut off comments if I can figure out how to!  I really just want to paint because I want to paint.  I want to suspend judgement on whether it is good or not.  I just want to paint because I enjoy it.  Not because I want to sell my stuff.  Not because I want to have a gallery show.  I really don’t want anything other than the joy of creating.  This, combined with my fear of sucking should prove to be interesting.

Pictures below are progress on “One Hot Mess”.  The top is finished – now I’m working on the words for the back.  “I like pretty things…and the word @*&$”.  🙂  (Sorry mom…lol)

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“Family of Strong Women” is completed.

Inspiration came from the work of Segolaine Schweitzer.  I saw her work at the Sydney Quilt show in 2018 and was absolutely fascinated by her work.  Her medium is primarily wool whereas I used cottons, lace and linen, but the layering/embroidery inspiration was certainly from her.

Six generations of family and friends, over 70 names and birthdates embroidered on it.

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Bits and pieces layered.  Antique Sanford linens, upholstery fabric, an embroidered broach that my mom made for me about 25 years ago, lace and doilies from a couple friends, ribbon, a needle felted piece from my friend Elizabeth, tea dyed/stained new fabrics, a few painted fabrics left over from Voluptuous Woman.  Hand big stitch quilted with 12 weight floss.  The back was pieced with larger pieces of fabric that I tea dyed/stained.

I thought it would be heavy – but it is surprisingly light.  Probably largely due to the fact that I used Quilt Lite, a woven interfacing used in mens suiting, as the batting.

I enjoy doing these personalised quilts.  Quilts with heart.  Quilts that tell a story.  Yet to do is a label for the back.  I’m planning to make an envelope and then print the names and the story behind the quilt onto photo paper and then tuck those into the envelope.  That’s the plan anyway…

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Here I go swearing again….what is with me lately????  LOL

This is what I’ve been doing in front of the TV at night while searching for a quilt-related hand project.  They are loosely based upon the Dammit Dolls that my mom made and sold about 30+ years ago at craft shows.

They make me smile.  I’m not sure how many more I’ll make but it’s been fun.  No plan…just play.

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