Hope in Uncertain Times

I finished a special quilt today. It is special to me because it is personal. That’s the best kind of quilt to work on, don’t you think?

I’ve been reading and re-reading these beautiful words in Psalm 33 since last December. In March I decided to put them on one of my quilts. I wrote about my thought process over on my other blog. Here I will just share pictures of the quilt.

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The words:

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I decided to add some hand-stitching to the trees to represent the four seasons:

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And close-ups of the circles. The stitching is a little more open on these circles than on others I have done.

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I wish for you all peace and hope in uncertain times.

Finally got that project started!

Once you give yourself permission to cut into the fabric, EVEN IF IT FAILS, things move along very nicely.

Here is the group of fabrics I ended up with. I still had quite a few fabrics on the side that I thought might work.

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I decided to do this one a little differently than the last two (where I cut the pieces and placed them directly on the batting and backing.) I chose a background fabric for the quilt top, and raw edge zig zagged the pieces directly to the top. I knew this would work because of my other experiments with my zig zag technique. You have to know I laugh every time I say that. Its not like I invented the zig zag stitch or anything.

First I added the squares and rectangles of dark blue. Everything was cut free hand for this. I rounded the corners of the blue before I zig zagged them in place.

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Then I added some of those wonderful trees that I also included in the last quilt.

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After each group of fabrics was zig zagged in place, I carefully cut out the back so that there was still essentially only one layer of fabric. I don’t always do this, but I thought it might make a nicer end product.

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I had to let it rest a day before I decided to at least try adding circles to it.

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I likey! You can see I thought I was done with the circles, and then even before I put it up on the design wall I knew I needed to add a few more. So I pinned those in place and put it on the design wall. Then every time I walk by I take a quick glance at it to see if I still like it or if it needs something more. Right now I still like it.

Here’s another shot of how I cut out the back. Here’s the little circle on the front (you can see its definitely cut free hand LOL):

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And here’s where I cut the back out of it:

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Oh! And before I even did the circles, I got enthusiastic about the whole group of fabrics that I had gathered, and I cut a strip from each one, and sewed them together in ‘strata.’ I think they’ll make a great project along with the two fabrics I have included in this picture.

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So that’s pretty much what I’ve done for the past few days. A little knitting, a little walking, a little reading and praying, and just a bit of TV watching round out the day. I don’t really like watching TV. Its just an excuse to sit and let the dawrgums have some lap time LOL.

Another Abstract Quilt!

Oh, I think I could get addicted to making these! Very fun to play around with colors (yes, you are right, Shelley–colors that I don’t usually use,) and shapes. And they are small, so they are ‘finished’ in a day. I put that finished in quotes, because I am thinking that they are blank canvases for me to embroider on top of. In fact, I’m embroidering some circles (what else?) on yesterday’s quilt tonight. (confusing sentence…)

For this one I tried tearing the fabric. I like the texture that it adds. I’m not sure how much difference it will make in the long run. But I straight stitched the torn fabric and zig-zagged the edges of the cut fabric. I think it’ll add a little texture. If you remember the picture of the fabric I had laid out for this quilt, you will notice that I added a few pieces. It needed a little punch of color, so I looked through my greens and chose the one mosaic-y looking one, and then I found the fabulous tree fabric, and had to add a bit of that.

Here’s a pic in process–all pinned in place and ready to quilt.

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And here’s the end product. The color is a bit off in this picture. This is a small quilt too. Maybe 13″x16″.

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I love the organic look of these quilts. If I continue on with them, I am thinking of making them a series of quilts called “Psalms.” There is such a lot of beautiful imagery in the Psalms. I think it might provide the perfect words to put on these quilts.

And completely unrelated, here is Noah. He LOVES his couch. I hate this couch, so I’m glad somebody is enjoying it!

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Departure!

In honor of International Quilt Weekend, I took a little break from the log cabin quilt to play! My Quilting Arts magazine arrived Saturday, and I looked through it during my afternoon coffee break. I saw something that inspired me to work with a specific palette of colors, and I kept thinking about it, so that night before I went to bed I pulled out a ton of fabrics and auditioned them.

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These are the ones that made the cut.

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The next morning I got up and thought, hmmm, the ‘rejects’ make a pretty nice palette too.

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So before I went to church, I found two small backing fabrics and two small pieces of batting and put them together so I could play as soon as I got home from church. (Oh, a weird aside. I went back through that Quilting Arts magazine TWICE and I could not find the picture that so clearly inspired me. Maybe it was something I saw on the internet?)

At first, when I do this, even though it seems I have a ‘clear’ picture in my mind. I just stare at the fabrics. All these thoughts flit through my head “How am I supposed to put them together?” “What made you think you could do something like this?” “You CAN’T do this!” “What is wrong with you ?” And finally, “just cut into the fabric and TRY.”

And here is what I made. I just laid out the fabrics on the batting (the fabric kind of sticks to the batting so that is convenient,) and then pinned them all in place, and zigzagged around the raw edges. (It is small, maybe 14″x20″.)

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I LOVE it! I am hoping to use it to add a lot of hand stitching on.

Today I hope to get the log cabin together and make the second small ‘inspired’ quilt.