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Seattle Seahawks Quilt

It’s been a while since my last post, for which I apologize.
I’ve been busy these past few months, traveling, sewing, recovering from knee surgery, and trying to decide what to do about my “quilting palace,” since I found out that I cannot keep it in its current location and it must be moved. This threw me for a loop, and for a while I was at a loss, having suddenly lost my sewing space, as well as my will to continue sewing. Luckily, that mindset didn’t last long. So presently, I’m back in the house in temporary sewing quarters.
Here is my latest project which I just finished:

It is a Seattle Seahawks quilt I made for my brother-in-law, who is a fan. During my last visit to my husband’s family in Tacoma, WA, he asked me several times if I would make him a Seahawks quilt. I blew him off every time. But I knew even then that I’d make him that quilt. So the next time my husband went to Seattle, I had him get me some themed fabric.

The quilt, I am happy to say, came out very sporty-looking. The color scheme helped, as did the pattern I chose. The logo itself is a very attractive, stylized form. It mirrors the aesthetic sensibility and style of the Snohomish tribes’ drawings of orca whales and other animals. This one evidently represents the sea hawk, a type of bird of prey found in that area of the world.

Well, the quilt has now been delivered, and received with much elation, emotion, gratitude, etc. It’s always very gratifying to see how much joy one can bring to someone by doing something that is so enjoyable to make!

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Slow Stitching During Recovery

After knee surgery a few weeks ago, I thought the perfect project for me to tackle would be
hand project that I could work on while recovering, since I would not able to sit at sewing machine for a while.

While I was at QuiltCon last February, I had the great opportunity to meet one of my favorite quilt designers, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, who has published several patterns, books, etc. So I decided to buy a set of templates for her “Victory Block,” a very fun project that I thought would be perfect for hand piecing.

I’ve been collecting vintage fabric for while, waiting for just the right project. When I saw these templates, and what one could do with them, I knew I’d found it.

So here I am, relishing the experience of hand piecing, which in a way is the perfect interpretation of Slow Stitching. I believe there is even a “movement” called “the slow stitching movement.”

So far I’ve completed 6 blocks, each block about 9 inches square. I’ll probably piece a total of 9 blocks, which will make a nice 9 x 9 square throw quilt. Since this is a hand project, ultimately the quilting will be done by hand too.

I find this method of quilting (and piecing) quite relaxing, just what I need to regain my sanity after the grueling and painful days after surgery.

Recovering

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My Newest Challenge – Or, Am I a Sucker for Punishment?

Another year, another challenge. I received the fabric for the 2017 Riley Blake Challenge a couple of months ago,

Riley Blake fabric

so I got busy with my design. True to the spirit of the challenge, which it’s all about improvisation, I did my best to put fabrics together with no preconceived idea of the design, and this is what came out.┬áThe circular shapes that float in front of the horizontal motif suggest bubbles of exuberance, and the dynamic diagonal line, of a striking black color, adds movement and somehow connects the circles to the rest of the composition. The mountains in the back suggest a far off landscape that may be a nod to the mountains that surround me.

My 2017 submission

Now all I have to do is WAIT. Yes, wait and see if the Powers that Be deign to accept my submission and grant me the opportunity to actually show the quilt at the next event so that I can stand the chance–albeit small–of being considered for an award.

Do I sound skeptical, even pessimistic? Perhaps. I guess this is what multiple rejections do to a person. Which is what might explain the title of this post. But at the end of the day, am I doing this for my own artistic pursuit, or for a reward? After all, isn’t it better to do things because we enjoy the process, instead of for the recognition that takes the form of a somewhat arbitrary reward? I think so.

So stay tuned. All will be revealed soon enough.

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