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Take It Further Challenge March

April 2, 2008

Okay. I disappeared for two months. Work was hectic and it was costume time at our house. My daughter is a competitive dancer and required costumes for six numbers along with costumes for her duet partners in two numbers. It seems like my life has been consumed by dance. I am still working on completing the challenge for January, I have sketches for February and a strong start on March.

For March, “Do you ever notice the little things, the small moments, the details in life? This months challenge is to do just that, pay attention to the tiny details. Sometimes the small things become emblematic for something larger.” I realized that my small person and her activities created one of the important details in my life so I gathered up the scraps from her costumes and created this quilt block. I’ve never created a crazy quilt block before so it is a bit of a learning experience. The background is several layers of organza overtop of white poly-cotton. I used the freezer paper method of forming the fan and hand stitched them together. Then I stitched the fan onto the background. I realize this is not usually done as an applique but I couldn’t face the raw edges of the organza to piece it together. At this point in my life, simple is better.


I’m then going to embellish the block. In my mind, the embellishing is like all the small details in my world right now. Which tights, shoes, and accessories are needed for which costume? How can it be packed neatly and organized? Nut-free, non-messy snacks. Hotel rooms. Getting work completed to take time off. All the little details that go into making the next couple of months run smoothly without loosing my head.

There are still two more fabrics to add in and they will become a border of some sort. I have a black crinkle cotton with a silver stripe and red satin. Maybe a cording and a ruffle? Maybe a double border? I think I’ll plan that when the block is closer to completion.

I have a few more costumes to go for the studio recital and then I’m finished with that for the year. In the meantime, I’ll continue to work on this challenge and knitting to keep my sanity.


TIFC No Where Near Complete

January 30, 2008

Well it appears that this month’s challenge (TIF) piece is what Sharon B would refer to as a “slow cloth.” I had a not bad beginning. Located my materials, decided on the focus and then promptly complicated the whole thing. Oh it’s not that bad. I just had more to work on than I had time. I do have the first two parts of this piece finished.

I am using the colour palette suggested with some additions. I did begin on Jan 3 before anyone had researched the DMC colours for comparisons. My green was chosen based on what I saw on my monitor and obviously, reading other blogs, there were some variations. I do not currently, nor can I remember ever, admiring a person. I do however, admire certain qualities that people possess. For this piece, I chose to represent “courage/strength”. I have several friends/relatives who constantly move past their fears, charge into the unknown, have the wisdom to recognize the patterns of life (work & play) and the ability to move beyond where they are, to learn and grow.

My first panel (I’m calling them panels right now) represents facing fears. I have embroidered the word fear using the letters to create a face. I’ve then machine stitched yarn around it symbolizing the capturing and controlling of the fears. (Click on the pictures for larger images.)

Full facing fear panel.                          Full facing fear panel.

The next panel is growth and starting over. It has been stitched on one side of a linen type napkin. I loved working this piece. It really developed a rhythym. This piece has four repeats and is probably about 15″in height.

Daisy border

Lessons learned:

1. Scale the project back or find more time to put into it.
2. Try to have more of the assembly done early so the project becomes more portable.

I am really enjoying myself and this is stretching my creativity which is what I was hoping for. I’ll start February on Friday and continue to work on January as I can.

January’s Take it further challenge begins

January 2, 2008

I read the challenge yesterday around noon and it’s taken me over a day to wrap my head around this one. Who do I admire and why? It really comes down to… I admire a lot of different people for very different reasons — it’s an individual trait not the whole person usually. So I’m thinking of ways to make this work.

I’m also hoping to use the colours. Unfortunately, they don’t print really well on my printer but tonight, at home when I’m not supposed to be working, I’ll gather up my stranded cotton and match the colours. I already have two of them from my lunchtime foray. A friend and I had lunch at a teahouse/shop today and I discovered a basket of single napkins (okay some of them might have had pairs, but they were selling them in singles.) So I took a chance on my memory of the colours and picked up three linen napkins. Not only were they on sale but when I got back to my computer — two of them matched the swatches quite well. It’s an awesome start so I will be using the colours.

I’m already thinking about ATC or postcard size patches representing different attributes and the person, then joined together to make one larger piece. Maybe CQ or maybe not. Hard to say right now.

Had to get this all down before it was lost. So ba