Monthly Archives: November 2011

off to see the wizard…

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I think I’m finished! I might add a bow to the corner, though… Anyways, my lightbulb moment took me back to how the Wizard of Oz told the Cowardly Lion that he really was courageous on the inside, & the real problem was that he lacked a medal to prove it to the world. I thought maybe I would have more courage, too, if I had my own medal. So, now this little piece is hanging on the wall right by my desk & maybe it will help push me farther than I think I can go. Yay! Happy quilting, Rebecca

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foil madness!!

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I really haven’t done much sewing since Houston, so I decided to play with some of the stuff I’ve been hoarding for a while. For about six months, I’ve had two tubes of Jones Tones foil & glue sitting on my dresser patiently waiting for me to get inspiration. I cut some pieces of white fabric & glopped down the glue to see what would happen. After it dried for a few hours, I covered them with the foil & burnished it with a spoon. Let me just say, my arms almost fell off during the process! Someone should make a workout video with this stuff…

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But the end result was oooh so pretty! I love me some sparkleriffication!!!

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So, now I had to figure out what to do with it. There was a post on the Quilting Arts Facebook page about an Affirmation Quilt Reader Challenge due on December 1st & I had a lightbulb moment. My word of the month has been “Courage”, so I knew exactly what to make. First, I drew my pattern onto the foiled fabric.

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The I stuck some stabilizer underneath & thread painted the ribbon area. I don’t have a pic of this part, because frankly, it’s a hairy scary process. About five minutes into a project, you immediately think,” THIS LOOKS TERRIBLE!!! I’M RUINING MY WORK!!!!” But I pressed on & kept stitching until Rory started getting angry with me & making crunchy noises. & then I sewed some more! It took forever and a year, but I did feel rewarded at the end. I think the blue is gorgeous against the silver. Yeah, so then I removed the extra stabilizer & sandwiched it up with two layers of wool batting & some scraps for the back. Then I quilted it in a dark gray isacord thread. Tadaa!

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I’m not done yet, btw. It’s going to be trimmed down into a fluffy little appliqué. I’ll post the whole thing when I finish. This seems to be the year of the mini quilt! I’ve made four now, I think. But it’s getting my mind clear & allowing me to be creative without sapping time away from my Thanksgiving duties. Anyways, thanks for reading & happy quilting! Rebs

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i survived houston for another year

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I am so tired!! My feet are very angry with me!! But I feel energized & excited to start new projects & experiment with new techniques. On Wednesday, I took a class with Hollis Chatelain & it was filled with tips & tricks for working with thread. She opened my eyes to the power of fluorescent threads & I ended up buying several spools to test out. She also quilts all her works with mono-poly thread in the bobbin & that might make my life easier! I can’t tell you how much I obsess over the stitch quality on the backs of my quilt. I just can’t stand seeing those occasional loopy things and bad stitches. But imagine if they were all invisible!! Awesome. Um, then I got lost on some sort of M.C. Escher-esque staircase while trying to leave the building! Hello! There were like eight sets of staircases to choose from for every ten feet you descended. Bizarre. Then today was all about walking & shopping & looking at gorgeous quilts. I bought all kinds of thread from Superior & various doodads from Sharon Schamber. There was a vintage jewelry shop with an enormous flower ring that had to go home with me. I have small fingers (they are all size 5 or 6- even my thumbs!) & big, chunky costume jewelry rings always seem way too big for me. & this little ring fit perfectly & cost $6. Score! Then I happened upon a fabric shop from Hawaii that called out my name. It was like a heaping helping of Japan right in the middle of Texas! So, I grabbed all the fabric I could afford & then added some more. & lastly, we hit up the other side & took in all the quilts. It was inspirational, to say the least… Tucked in a back corner was an awe inspiring quilt that I stared at for way too long. It celebrated the quilter’s first grandbaby & she sprinkled photos of the little girl’s first year of life all around the quilt. One photo looked just like me as a baby because we share the same chubby cheeks! My baby face consisted of 75% cheeks. I was a human chipmunk. Anyways, I’m posting some photos of my adventures below. There was no photography in my class, so you’ll just have to imagine that! Happy quilting! Rebecca

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