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100 Day Challenge Set #3


Set #3.

And here they are all together so far.

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100 Day Challenge set #2

 

Here is set #2.  I’m transitioning to different colors in my selected palette, gradually using them all. Continue reading ‘100 Day Challenge set #2’

It’s snowing…. again! And 100 Day Challenge week #1

Well, here it is, snowing again. Spring is on the way but this is Vermont and Spring really won’t arrive until May. I know it’s coming because the buds on the trees are swelling just a bit, I’ve seen robins (I don’t know what they’re eating but they are here) and the goldfinches at the feeder are “yellowing up”. The chickadees are singing their spring song and the mourning doves are “mourning”. The maple trees are yielding their precious sap as well, but that will be another post. And then there’s this snow.

I’m back in the studio getting my fill of color and I know last time I mentioned I’d let you know what I’m up to. I’ve started a 100 day challenge. The idea is to make or do something every day for 100 days. The rules are pretty loose and I’ve adapted the project to suit the way I work and to accommodate what’s on the horizon in my life. With that in mind, my goal is to make 100 little improvisationally pieced blocks in about 100 days, give or take a few. I’ve chosen a color palette from some fabrics I hand dyed a number of years ago and you will be able to see some definite trends and related ideas in groups of pieces or from one set to another. I hope to post 7 pieces weekly and here are the first seven. They are raw, unfinished blocks, all pieced with straight lines and cut to about 4.5″ square.

Color

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Winter has been, um ….vigorous of late in New England this March.  We’ve had four major storms in just two weeks that have dumped a boatload of snow.  The ski areas are thrilled and thriving.  We have managed to keep up with the clearing but are running out of places to put all that wonderful whiteness.

Looking outside, I’m feeling the need for color.  Here is a glimpse of my cutting table today.  There’s no sunshine outside, but there’s sunshine for the soul inside.

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Next week I’ll show you what I’m up to.  Thanks for coming by.

Making sense of the yarn stash

I have a fairly organized fabric collection, the vast majority of which is neatly stashed away in bins according to color or special category.  Yarn, however, was a different story.  New projects were stored together in bags, leftover bits were in other bags, new yarn was here and there, all “neatly gathered” under a table.  I had to rummage through lots of stuff to find what I wanted.  I finally could stand it no longer.

Before

Off I went to buy some shallow plastic tubs and began sorting.  I found some things I had forgotten about and was relieved to find out that I only had two large projects pending with yarn and pattern stored together.  I culled some “treasures” and disbanded some projects and took them off my to-do list.  I had more yarn than I thought but between the bins I had and the bins I bought I was able to sort it all nicely.

There are lots of ideas out there on how to sort yarn, but since my stash is modest (compared to some of my friends) I chose to sort by weight: one bin for sport weight or finer, one for worsted and DK, one for bulky weight, and two for non-wool.  Since I can’t wear wool next to my skin, I have accumulated a fair amount of cotton, silk, linen, and other fibers, hence the two bins.  Even those are sorted into two categories:  glitzy, accent stuff and yarn I might actually use for a whole project.

After

The large projects are still in bags; I’m ok with that since I won’t be dipping into them until I’m ready to knit them.  It looks much better and it is no longer oozing out from under the table!

Valentines

Here it is, February 13 and all but my South African valentine postcards have been delivered.  The ones crossing the Atlantic will take a few more days, but I’m going to show them all here anyway.

Each year I pick a theme.  Each one is often unique, but this year I’ve made pairs.  My design was inspired by photos of improvisationally pieced birds (which looked more like shore birds with long sturdy legs and long beaks); I thought they’d work just fine for valentines.  After making a few “adjustments” (involving a seam ripper), I fashioned a prototype.

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I chose to give them shorter, skinny, angled legs and added a heart on a string.

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They were sewn to stiff batting for sending through the mail, backed with light colored fabric so I could write my sentiments and addresses and finally, couched around the edge with cording.  A tiny black button gave them personality!  I gave them special bird names of course: Roseate Puddle Jumper, Gilded  Lovebird , Indigo Dash, Red-spotted Tweet, Green-spotted Honeyeater, Shweshwe Messenger Bird, and Rosy Flower-hopper.

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All of these little birds have flown away, carrying my love to children and grandchildren and friends who needed a lift.  I hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day!

Unfinished Business

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here.  Blogging is hard for me.  It’s not that I don’t have opinions or things to share, it’s just that it takes a good bit of effort to write something I think is worth reading.  I don’t usually have a lot to say; I’m not overly chatty, putting myself out there, so sometimes it’s hard to be an extrovert.

That being said, there are several blogs I follow and I’m always excited to see a new post.  Perhaps it’s time for me to give this little site another go.

I’ve been inspired lately by some friends who have been dealing with unfinished projects.  I certainly have my share of them.  There’s often a good reason they’re languishing, but sometimes there isn’t.  On my part, it’s often indecision, or I’ve run into a problem and it just gets set aside.  Sometimes it’s little bits that I just can’t bear to throw away that pile up and get shuffled around so I have room to work.

Recently I’ve decided to tackle a few of these leftovers.  I had made a little bird prototype that wasn’t quite up to snuff but too cute to throw away.  I thought it would make a lovely mug mat, so I trimmed it up, added some batting and backing, couched a border around it and voila!

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I began looking around at other fragments: a paper pieced water lily, quilted trimmings from long completed projects, scraps of special South African shweshwe fabric, small color studies from some long ago workshop.  They’ve all become mug mats; and I have quite a stack!  I don’t know what I’m going to do with them all, but I’ve thrown out the icky one I’ve been using for years and I’m using a pretty one instead.


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