I wanted to challenge myself to make something on a larger scale than I usually work.  I selected one of my Florida nature photos, drew a grid over it and then outlined the main elements on a 3 foot by 4 foot piece of muslin also with a drawn grid.

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I had to figure out what sections of the design needed to be applied first and what was best to add latter.  I started with the water and then started working around the fabric section by section.

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I had a large selection of fabrics for my color palette, and I used several types of fusing material.  If only I had used only the lightest fuse for the entire project perhaps the quilt would have been softer to the touch and maybe I could have quilted it with the long arm instead of my home machine. Both before and after the project was quilted I added some shadows and highlights with acrylic paints thinned with water or fabric extender.

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My secret spice was the use of several watercolors by my oldest son which I printed on fabric with my new Epson (Stylus Pro 3880) and inserted into the design in several places becoming the hidden gems. I was elated with how well the new printer worked on fabric.

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And after what felt like forever, this is the resulting wall hanging.

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Of course when you are done with a big project, you see both the things that turned out better than you expected as well as where you might have done things differently.

What do you think?

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I took a few classes just before and after a really bad cold held me captive for two weeks.

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This is from the watercolor batik class.  I learned so much from both what I did and what I forgot to do when working on this class project using rice paper.

 

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These are from the fun class on using alcohol inks on yupo papers.  The colors are beautiful and the process is quite serendipitous.

 

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This infinity scarf was a quick project made with three different fabrics from the Handcrafted fabric line by Allison Glass.

Next I will update you on the project that felt like it was going to take for-e-ver to finish.

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Funny how sometimes a short drive away you find another world altogether.

 

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Even a cold day in Florida can be a beautiful experience.

 

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Life continues to rush along at an amazing speed, but you would not know that looking at my blog TangerineKey.

I have made yummy “Wholegrain Gingerbread” and “Dried Mango and Toasted Coconut Muesli” from the book, Whole-Grain Mornings by Megan Gordon.

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I got to see a friend who I only get to see once or twice a year and she reminded me sadly that this…

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used to be this.

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I got to talk to both of my sons and also my daughter in law.  The youngest son had interesting stories to tell, some of which revolved around a moose head. I will just let you wonder about that.  :)

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I have had visiting family members, we went to wonderful restaurants and we also visited the West coast of Florida. (More photos on the West Coast in the next post.)

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In between I have been diligently working away on a project. I always have trouble naming pieces. Two names that come to mind so far are Moss Park and Hidden Gems. (You can get a little look at the quilt in the first of the following studio photos.)

What finally motivated me to get me back to the blog is a challenge from fellow quilter, blogger, OMQG member, Debra of Made of Honor Quilts.  She invites us to blog about and instagram photos of our quilt rooms as they are with out cleaning up. Instagram tags:  #AsIsSewingRoom #orlandomqg

When I am in the middle of a project the room can be a disaster, with fabrics all over the table and bits and pieces of fabric all over the ironing board and the floor.  But right now I am in the phase of quilting on the home machine and so it isn’t too bad.  You don’t want your piece bumping into things knocking over everything while you are quilting, so fortunately it’s not so bad.

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Main Studio Wall with Cutting and Sewing Areas

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The old card catalog makes a great storage space for everything from thread to zippers.  The little design corner is too small for designing anything, but is a nice space to show small completed projects.

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Huge cabinets make it possible to hide an immense amount of fabric.

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My assistant is never far away and he has his own hideaway in the studio.

I have to confess that the longarm in another room is completely unusable.  I am working on a project to digitize the family photos to share copies with my siblings. I have bins and bins of photos to go through. The bins had been stacked up in the guest room, but since family visited, I loaded up all the bins onto the long arm table.  So right now that area qualifies as a disaster zone.

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In a month from now I will be traveling to study in the Art Cloth Mastery program. I am not sure how I am going to finish this quilt that is taking forever, prepare for the program next month, clean off my longarm table and even consider starting some of those things I promised to do better in 2015.

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The tree is decorated…

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The quiches are cooling.

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Soon we will be down for a long winter’s nap. : )

May you enjoy Christmas with the innocence and joy of a child.

 

‘Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”*

 

*”Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore.

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