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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Art Quilts Around the World - Vision Board

The theme for art quilts this time was vision board.  I have made a vision board before, but not for along time.  I have to admit it took me some time to figure out what to make.  I guess I do tend to overthink these things.  Here is a vision board I made a few years ago.

Mostly it is a collage of words and pictures from magazines.  It's fairly large though and since these art quilts are only 11.5" x 16.5" I went with only one subject.  Travel!  Who doesn't want a vacation right.  My husband and I want to take a trip to Iceland and Scotland.  His mom's family is Icelandic, my mom's family was Scottish.  So it's a trip to our roots.

I decided to collage my fabric.  I cut bits from each of these fabrics to use in my collage.  Can you figure out what came from which fabric?

Here is the collage of pieces.  This has paper cutouts of the plane and the words so I could see how it would fit.

Here it is after the quilting.  I should have made the letters in a more contrasting fabric. I was influenced by some photos I have seen of Iceland and Scotland.  Can't wait to find this waterfall when we go there, or see a castle or two surrounded by trees in Scotland.

And finally with the binding. 

 Now the idea is I hang this somewhere we will see it everyday and the potential will be realized before you know it.  Can't wait to make quilts from our photos.  Don't forget to hop over to the Art Quilts blog to see the wonderful vision boards created by these very artistic people.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Playing catch Up!

Spring/Summer is always a difficult time to keep up with my blog.  I am too easily distracted by the view out my window.

or by the Row by Row Experience
This one is from Sew With Me in Woodbury, MN.  I need some names for the book titles yet.

Had to get the license plate too!

My sister sent this one to me!

I've been doing the Minnesota Quilter's Mystery Quilt designed by Kristin Lawson.  I won't be able to show you the completed quilt because she uses this mystery with other groups.  Here are my blocks for January-July.  The background is dark brown, I really like my colors for this one.

I also did a mystery quilt with a Facebook group designed by Gyleen X Fitsgerald.  You can purchase the pattern for this one.  It is on my longarm right now so I can't show you the whole quilt.  It was all done with scraps.  It's called Bricks, Cobblestones and Pebbles.

I'll have a new quilt for Art Quilts Around the World next Monday.  Be sure to check back.

Of course when I go to look for the row by row patterns I can't just get the patterns can I?  I bought this pattern at Sew With Me in Stillwater, MN.  I am almost finished with it, have to sew the ruching and the flowers by hand and than I can make the pillow back.  I think it will really brighten up my house for the summer.  This is called 'Slice of Summer' by Kimberbell.

And last but certainly not least I did enter The Cherrywood Challenge.  I am proud of myself for finishing.  When they had the Wicked challenge I bought the fabric but never even made anything with it.  So, I was determined to get it done this time.  It didn't make it in but I have seen a few of the ones that made it and Wow!  I can't wait to see them in person.  I still have much to learn in my journey but am enjoying the process.

I have also entered a quilt for consideration in AQS Des Moines.  Wish me luck I'll find out in August.  This is a first for me so I guess it is good just to try something new right.
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Friday, June 3, 2016

Kitschy - It's all Relative

I had a hard time deciding what to make for the Kitsch challenge for Art Quilts Around the World.  I had several ideas but as I was working on my family genealogy the photos of women in amazing hats inspired me.  My photos were just black and white so I added my own color choices for the hats.

I printed the photos on fabric, cut out just the outline of the women with their hats and fused them to the background.  The largest one is my grandmother.  Her hat is made of pleather and lace and big beautiful feathers.  The bottom right is my great grandmother's sister.  Her hat looked to be fabric with a spider web of ribbons.  I used some drapery fabric and a small part of a doily,  I added some flower trim and of course a small feather.  The woman on the top right is the daughter of the woman below.  Her hat is made from felt and sari silk ribbon, a few silk roses and more feathers!

I decided to make it look somewhat like a picture frame or an album page.  I quilted double ovals around each and colored in the ovals with inktense pencils.  I just used straight line quilting in the background to hopefully make the photos stand out more.

I learned something while making this quilt.  My husband kept telling me my relatives probably contributed to the decline in certain bird populations in Florida.  I had no idea what he was talking about.  

I looked into it though and discovered he was very right.  Birds were being slaughtered to the point of extinction for their feathers.  Two women led the crusade to save the birds and the first Audubon society came into existence.  It's kind of amazing really and you can read more about it here.

I maybe should have added more color to make it more kitschy but honestly I thought the hats alone are pretty kitschy whether you add color or not.  Now I want to make a hat for myself!

Be sure and stop by the Art Quilts Around the World blog to see the other kitschy quilts.  They are very fun and creative.
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

The 70273 Project

Have you heard about the 70273 Project? 

Here is a quote from Jeanne's blog, she describes this best and I don't want to do a disservice to such an amazing project. 
"Between January 1940 and August 1941 (before the Holocaust began), 70,273 physically and mentally disabled people – men, women, teens, boys, and girls – were murdered by the Nazis. Though they never even laid eyes on the disabled person they were evaluating, the Nazi doctors read the medical files and, if from the words on the page, the person was deemed “unfit” or an “economic burden on society”, the doctor placed a red X at the bottom of the form. Three doctors were to read each medical file, and when two of them made a red X on the page, the disabled person’s fate was sealed. Most were murdered within 1-2 hours."

Many years ago, when I first graduated from college I taught children with disabilities.  The children I taught were as young as 2, all were preschool age.  Jeanne has three sizes of squares you can contribute.  I chose the smallest, 3.5" X 6.5" to represent my students. I pieced the background to show that these students had many people supporting their journey.

 It breaks my heart to imagine what those families of children with disabilities went through at that time.  I had never heard about this tragedy from WWII before learning about this project.  The number is truly staggering.  Jeanne is trying to create a series of quilts which will have 70,273 blocks when complete.  

There are many ways you can help with this project, from donating, blocks or money, to helping find display venues.  Please head over to this wonderful project and see if something there speaks to you.

My first fifteen blocks will be in the mail tomorrow. In honor of Amanda, Terri, Josh, Eric, Alex, Rasha, Chike, Ladun, Tony, Carlos, Mike, Stephen, Brian, Jay and Ryan.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016


I am a little behind in posting these winnings!  I really enjoyed participating in Project Quilting this year.  I have two more prizes from this experience.  One is a pattern for two different size messenger bags. I won this for "Through the eyes of a child" a re-creation of one of my sons pieces of art.

Studio Cherie generously donated a downloadable pattern for everyone who entered!  Wow!  I finally had a chance to think about making this and printed my pattern.  Haven't decided on fabric yet but I think I will make the larger size. Thank you Studio Cherie!

I also won a second set of aurifil threads.  Love aurifil thread and I know it will be put to good use.  Aren't these colors amazing!  I won this in the final challenge "A Goose in the Monkey Wrench" Thank you Aurifil!

Hand Dyed Fabrics had a name the fabric contest on Facebook.  I won!  So excitied they sent me some gorgeous fabrics.  I know the greens will be perfect for a couple of landscape art quilts I have planned.

This little beauty will be the center of a quilt.  I can't wait to quilt this!  It is gorgeous.  They have such nice fabric be sure to check out their site online. Thank you Bill!

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