Wednesday, July 23, 2014

3 Ice Dyed Mandalas

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I know I have shown these 3 ice dyed mandalas before but I wanted to show them all together.

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I rotated the picture so you can get a closer look at the detail in each one.

When I made these I had no idea what would happen with the design and the colors. They were a very pleasant surprise.

I have not decided how I will quilt these or if I will quilt them.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Visit From A Quilter

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I am sure many of you will recognize my visitor if you are a quilter.

Del Thomas was on her way home from Indiana and detoured to visit Wisconsin. She said it was one of the two states she had never visited.

Her travels put her in my part of Wisconsin in the late afternoon so we were able to connect.

She got to my house and we proceeded to Siebert’s Hotel for dinner.

We then came back to the house and she got a chance to see a few of my quilts and my studio.

We had never met before but when you put two quilters together they hit it off right away.

I really enjoyed meeting her and talking about quilts and other things. Of course we know many of the same people.

Hoping our paths cross again.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Glory Aura

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Glory Aura is finished. I absolutely love it. My friend Shelly also said it was her favorite.

I mentioned to her I had no place to hang it in my house. After she left I realized I could hang it over the TV cabinet in the sunroom.

I am going to share several versions of this from the first attempt on the design wall! Of course there are many others I didn’t photograph.

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This is where I started. Of course I had no idea where I was heading. But one has to start somewhere.

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Then I tried this.

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Now I’m heading in the right direction even though I have a long way to go.

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I subtracted several pieces of fabric.

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Getting close……but what can I use to border this with this irregular border?

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I tried many things and these were the two most likely candidates.

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The decision is made. Next decision was how to trim the borders. I decided I preferred it squared off to accent the original design.

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I was not able to get the quilting to show up on the front of the quilt so I am again showing you the back.

The circles are the perfect compliment to the bold graphic design.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Shibori Or Not?

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This fabric sure looks like it could have been shibori dyed. It is actually an older printed Nancy Crow fabric I had in my collection.

The color was perfect for the back of this quilt.

The front of the quilt is composed mostly with shibori dyed fabrics, although I didn’t realize the fabric for the back looked like shibori when I chose it.

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I chose a circular quilting design to contrast with the bold graphic design on the front of the quilt.

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This picture shows the entire back of the quilt. I have faced the edges and they have been sewn down.

Both the top and bottom have rod pockets/casings. The top one is where I will insert the slat to hang the quilt on the wall.

The lower one will also get a slat to make the quilt hang better.

Won’t be long before this is finished.

And – the best part…..I found a spot in my house to hang and enjoy it!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Visit From A Friend

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Yesterday my friend Shelly from Michigan was here for a visit.

It was great to catch up on recent happenings.

She is not a quilter, but enjoyed seeing the quilts I have been creating (and finishing some of them!!)

She is/was an excellent seamstress though, having won many awards with her clothing construction.

It was just about a year ago that she was here for an extended visit. How did we know it was a year ago? Well my blog book told us!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I’m Going To Share My Secret With You

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This is the quilt I was keeping a secret. I have decided to make a different one for our challenge so I can share this with you.

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This is what it looked like before I added the stitching.

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These are the threads I used to satin stitch every 1/2 inch on the quilt.

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Here is a close-up of one area of he satin stitching.

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Chasing Rainbows is now keeping company with Alexandra on the wall of the breakfast room. The Penny Fairy is watching over both of them!

(Hard to photograph when one is so light and one is medium dark)

Where you able to see the various layers of rainbows in this quilt? Hint: There are three!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Blog Book Number 8

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This is the cover of my newest blog book. It covers the time period from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

When I started ordering these books there was a page limit that only allowed me to print 6 months at a time so that is why I don’t have them printed on a calendar year basis.

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I am sharing some random pages from the book to give you an idea of what it looks like.

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Another random page.

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Sharing my families love of the Green Bay Packers.

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A page I posted for Christmas

I use Blog To Print to print my books. It is easy to use. It does not require copying each picture, formatting each one or any other time consuming jobs. I know if I had to spend a lot of time on this I would never print the books.

I enjoy looking through the books to review my past year. I also find family and guests enjoy seeing what I have been up to this way. It is much faster than scrolling through a year of blog posts.