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Ring

So I have made a bit of progress on a quilt that I have been thinking about for a while. It just finally came together. So here is a peek:

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Bouncing

Today I have been bouncing from one project to another, my attention span has been so short and shiny new things catching my eye. But today I have accomplished several things – this is a quilt I am making just for me.

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This is one of the rings (of 5) on “Double Tree of Wedding Life Ring with a Pickle Thrown In”
This is a combination of a Double Wedding Ring (which has a variation called a Pickle Dish) and a Tree of Life. The Pickle Dish has the pointy triangles in the ring.
I know I will love this one. It is about my family.  Three kids, the tree has three main branches – I love circles so the wedding ring is a block I have always wanted to do – but not a whole quilt of it -so this is perfect for me and my rebellion with following patterns.

Grandson’s Quilt For His Dad

My grandson is so creative.  I love watching his mind work. This past week he designed a quilt for his daddy, so we worked on it. This is the result:

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He is 6. He drew it out:

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Of course I cannot turn that photo to the proper orientation. ..
We went to the quilt shop and he chose each fabric. Oh, he was quite specific about the choices. We brought his treasures home and began. He helped by running the foot pedal on the sewing machine. Yes, that was risky – but he follows instructions very well and understands what could happen if he goes too fast or doesn’t listen. I trusted him and he did not let me down.
He was so funny, he sang “We’re getting creative, we’re getting creative! ” as we went upstairs.  This little guy makes my heart sing! I know this collaboration will end when he gets too “big” to sew, but I am soaking in every ounce of this time. And can hardly wait for my other grandkids to start!
He can hardly wait to give it to his daddy at Christmas.  Yup, he is thinking ahead and discovering giving is nice and feels good…

Dyeing Fabric

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Rinsed after setting and batching 24 hours.

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Green gradations 8 steps from light to dark.

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Blue gradations 5 steps from light to dark.

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Mixed gradations blue to green; yellow to blue; then green to yellow.

These are all fat eighths,  I used plastic bags and poured the dye over the soda soaked fabric. This gives the fabric the marbled look. Most will become leaves.

I want to send a quick recovery to a sweet friend in Florida – sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Feathers

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Last week I walked on our local lake beach and came across several white feathers.  Today I made a small art quilt. 11″ x 8″. I felted a feather with wool roving and beaded the spine with clear seed beads. Then attached my found feathers and used a simple running stitch to make the words. It is then fused it to a cotton backing with yarn around the edge.
I learned that white feathers are said to be kisses from heaven.  I will take it!

Little Pin Cushions

I completed one project. (The bird quilt in the previous post) I decided to do a bit of studio cleaning. 

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I have thrown away a trash bag full of fabric scraps too small to do anything with and stumbled on some pin cushions  that were started in the spring.  I received a 2.5 inch pack of Moda fabric.  Don’t remember the “line” but it had muted colors. I made these pin cushion “blanks” at retreat at Sunset Texas – great retreat center by the way. So I filled them with Bird Gravel’nGrit today and closed them up. I like having small pin cushions around, I can keep a project worth of needles and pins on each one. Storing each with the project. I can keep the type of pin separate on each cushion or keep needles in a separate cushion. The small pin cushions measure about 1.5″ square and the large cushions measure about 2.5″ square.

Hot Birds

I have completed the bird quilt. This has been a labor of fun. These little guys each have a personality. 

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I have been writing the instructions for each of the 12 birds and am offering them to a small select group of ladies out of Grapevine Texas.  They have enjoyed making them. One brave soul is making two quilts! But it is so fun and a little addictive!
Have a wonderful weekend!

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