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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sewing at the art museum

View of the blanket project from the upper level of the Tacoma Art Museum. 
Yesterday I visited the Tacoma Art Museum. At the entrance were several people stitching colored strips cut from wool blankets to a background that looked like it was made from old Army blankets. Artist Marie Watt invited everyone coming into the museum to stitch on the project. She is planning to add the metal cones from jingle dresses to the inner part of the piece.

The artist was also collecting blankets for another piece she is working on. While I was there a couple people brought in blankets, and she had them write down the stories of the blankets. Eventually that piece is to be cast in bronze.

After I looked at the exhibits, I sat down with the others in the sewing circle and stitched, listened and talked. It was nice to spend some time sewing with others. Usually it is a solitary experience for me.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WIP Wednesday


I have the "eyes" to applique on two blocks, and then I can put the bottom row together.

Before I do anything with that plaid fabric, I'm contemplating how the border fabric looks with it. In person, the fabric doesn't bother me as much as it does in photos! Changing the fabric out is a tough decision at this point.

While thinking about the plaid, I dug out some old guild BOMs and started adding sashing to make them big enough for Little Island Quilting's Soy Amado project.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Fabric swap


Worked on this for hours and hours yesterday. Thankfully my cold isn't affecting my brain so much I can't do a little sewing.

But now that I look at my progress, I wonder if that plaid in the squares of the third arc from the left in the top row is too distracting. I'm starting to focus on it every time I look at this. That fabric is also in the segments of the arc in the third arc from the top on the right edge of the quilt. It's not bothering me as much there, but if I swap out the plaid squares then I think it will.

Wonder if I could tea dye that fabric in both places or tone it down some other way. I think it's the brightness of the lighter parts of the plaid that are bothering me. I could just swap it out. I've redone so much on this quilt because I changed my mind about design (or made a mistake), that it wouldn't kill me to do a bit more "reverse sewing."

The other option would be to add more of that fabric, probably in the lower left. Although that could just make it distracting in more places! Thoughts?

Sunday, February 2, 2014

More progress

Although it doesn't look like there has been much progress on the Gypsy Kisses top over the last few weeks, there has been. Four blocks are completely appliqued, and all the arcs are stitched. 
This quilt is going to take awhile.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Progress

Lots of sewing done and lots more to do, but it's starting to really take shape now.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

A 2014 finish

Pandora is in the binding stage, and I'm contemplating additional quilting, so it wasn't finished before the end of 2013. This quilt for my niece didn't quite make it either with the binding being finished on New Year's Day. It's been washed, packed, shipped and put on the bed. My niece loves it. Yeah!
Blooming nine-patch pattern, 68 x 87 inches
Didn't have anything in the stash appropriate for the backing so I had to go shopping. So glad the shop owner suggested matching the pattern on the seams. It wasn't hard and I like the look.