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Continued Progress!

Still working on this quilt for a December 4 due date and competition. I came across some issues as I was working on it. I wanted to share with you these issues and my decisions.

I was wondering how I was going to quilt this (common question). I decided to outline it in black 30wt thread to pop the individual colors and shapes. Then do the extremely dense quilting between each design with a white background to have a trapunto look. This also lead to a question of what kind of batting to use. So, for the first time, I am using cotton batting and wool batting on top. Decisions are good at this point!

As I’m quilting along and in my “zen” state, I realize that this challenge quilt is suppose to be 24″x24″ and bound. If I’m doing this much work, I want to be able to submit it to the AQS Shows. After looking at the AQS competition sizes, I discovered that the size of this quilt will be too small. A 4″ border needs to be added around the quilt to make it qualify for the competitions I want to enter this quilt in.

My predicament is….how do I add a border onto an already completed and bound quilt? The decision is to unbind the quilt after the December 4 competition, add at least a 4″ border by doing a “quilt-as-you-go” method. That’s as far as I have got with the decisions. I don’t know what the border is going to look like. I have a bunch of ideas, just don’t want to make that decision yet. I’ll keep you posted as to the results!

Thank you for reading my blog! Have a wonderful day and a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Pam

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Guild Competition!

This week I’m starting on a challenge that is through one of my Quilt Guilds. Their challenge is to choose an envelope that had two crayons (I did not know what colors I was choosing). Create a quilt using these two colors and add up to four more colors.

I received BLUE and BLUE/GREEN.

I came up with drawing rings on white fabric, add designs in the rings, painting the fabric with the colors.

And the following photos are my process thus far. Quilting will begin tomorrow. It’s due December 4 at our Christmas party.

Enjoy the photos!

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Wedding to Baptismal Gown!

I’ve been busy with taking my friend’s wedding gown and making a baptism gown for her new baby. The original gown had embroidery and beading on the bodice which flowed down into the skirt.

Each piece of the baptism gown was strategically placed and cut to preserve as much of the original design work as possible. That was really the trickiest part. Sewing it together went well, all seams covered.

She’s picking it up tomorrow morning for the baptism on Sunday!

And here it is!

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It’s Completed!!!

Finally finished INCLUSION!!!  The finished size is 51″w x 40″ h.  I also just entered it into the Daytona Beach, Lancaster, and Paducah AQS Quilt Shows.  It has to be juried in first.

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Please tell me what you think!  I’ll keep you posted as to the results of the applications!

Thank you for reading my blog!

Pam

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Keep on Quilting!

 

Still working on Inclusion! It’s taking more time than I thought, but I am determined to make the October 18th deadline.
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I was going to put different ethnic houses on top of the earth, however, it was going to look too busy.  It was too empty without anything above the earth, so I decided to paint a saying. (I’ll reveal the saying on the finished photo post next week.)

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Found the above brick fabric in my stash and became the perfect fabric backing for this quilt!

Now I’m quilting it.  I remember someone saying to me that the ribbon winning quilts seam to have a lot of dense quilting.  With that in mind I’ve been densely quilting!

 

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It will be finished soon, and then I’ll be able to show you the completed piece!  Then we start praying that it will be juries into the AQS shows.

Thank you for reading my blog!

Pam

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Inclusion!

I started this about 2 years ago for another competition which had the word converge as it’s theme.  Well, life happened and prevented me from completing it on time.

When I saw the verb definition of converge, it said something to the effect of…two or more people coming together for a common good.  That lead me to think of the world today and how there’s so much negativity towards another human due to the color of their skin, beliefs, or abilities.  God made all of us in his image. I am only a part of his image as is every other human on this planet.  (I choose God, you may say higher power, higher energy, etc.)

My point is that this world would be much more pleasant if we all accepted each other’s individualities.

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This is not complete yet, and it will be completed by October 1.  This will be entered into the AQS shows for 2020.

Thank you for reading my blog!

Have a Wonderful Day!

Pam

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Summer Baking

Today I was doing my Sunday cooking for the week.  Sunday is my prep day for the week since I have some dietary needs and have to basically cook/bake anything I want to eat.

IMG_7966So, as I am making a zucchini quiche and double chocolate cookies, and I am dripping with sweat being that the oven was on and it is 80 degrees outside with no air conditioner!  Which lead me to remember a funny story from my childhood.

My parents would take us out camping in the summer for weekend vacations as well as a week long vacation.  I was about 8 years old and my grandparents would also camp periodically with us.  My grandmother this particular weekend thought it would be fun to bake cookies with my sister and me.  Of course, we loved spending time in the kitchen and baking or cooking anything!  

This was summer and probably about the same hot weather as today is.  Plus, we were camping!  Who really wants to bake in a small, hot camper (this is before air conditioners in the campers) when you could run and play outside and enjoy the great outdoors!  Besides that was the purpose we camped.

So my sister and I did make the cookie dough and I believe they were cut out cookies.  As soon as the dough was made and the cookies were cut out, my sister and I scurried out of the camper leaving my poor grandmother to roast in that sauna of acamper!  

If I remember correctly, she emerged from the camper dripping with sweat just as I am now!

I love and miss you Nana D.

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Getting work done!

This weekend I’m in Canandaigua, NY.  Just being outside listening to the creatures in the woods, feeling the sun and wind on my face, and enjoying everything else that comes with being outside is extremely relaxing for me.

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Brought my next project to paint. It was so peaceful to be outside painting.

 

Two projects just about finished and I’ll be moving onto other projects!!

 

 

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Time to Re-Focus!!

I am sew embarrassed that I have two wedding gifts from 2 years ago that I have not completed.  Sew, for the next few weeks, I am going to complete these gifts and give them!  This is going to give me a good focus on the work I have to do now.  I just started painting the fabric.  I am planning on finishing this by the end of this week, and I can give it to the happy couple (my cousin). The photo in the middle is the quilt at the end of the painting stage.  The original photo is on the far right.  Next step is to quilt it and frame it.

 

The other part of this is that my work area is totally messy.  I am focusing on re-organizing this space to get ready for a litany of projects I have to complete by the end of the year.

Since my teaching experience at AQS in April, I have decided to focus on teaching and competition quilts; andI will of course take any commissioned quilt work that comes along.  This allows me to have a very specific focus that I could market and expand on!

Thank you for reading this post!  I would love to read your comments!

Pam

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Wedding Is Over……What’s Next?

The wedding is over and their lives together has just begun! It was a beautiful, fun day with lots of sun and heat.

Now that all the fun is over, it’s time for me to work on my quilting again. I am developing a few new classes that include:

  • Framing Small Quilts – 3hour and Lecture classes
  • Mixing Colors with Paint – 3hour and Lecture Classes
  • Free Motion without Marking

Keep an eye on my Teaching page for these to be available.

Thank you!

Pam