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There has been much lamenting in the last year.  Lamenting for the victims of the Pulse Shootings.

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Lamenting for politics, politicians, election results, fake news, leaks and hacks.

(The Crying Liberty image is all over the internet and I am sorry to say I do not know who to credit for it.)

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There have been happy distractions such as collage paintings.img_9401sm2

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Hmm.  And some things I will not confess. img_8994sm2

I visited the West Coast.

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Where I got to spend time with this little guy.

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And I visited the Midwest.

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And I made one of my twice a year trips to Texas.  Hmm do you call Texas the South or the West?

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When I returned from Texas I hoped I was going to have a home to return to.

Thanks Hurricane Matthew for reminding me of the power of nature and for sparing my home and only temporarily wiping out beach access.img_9393sm2

And everyday the East Coast reminds me of the absolute beauty of nature.img_9227sm2img_9576sm2

Amen.

 

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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 recently finished my newest wall quilt, “Past Lives,” which included grave rubbings, screen printing on linen, collage, water soluble pastels and silk organza. Typically I love to use lots of color but the grays better represent the stone in grave markers.

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I completed my first fiber project of the year, Sun Splash, in the wee hours of the morning.

Several years ago I had taken a class and printed on fabric with paint. I took digital photos of the fabric.

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Then I took a few photos of sun flowers on a trip to New Jersey. One of the sunflower photos I layered with the photo of the fabric in Photoshop, blending the two images together. I also printed these photos on fabric.

Then in the last few days I took the image (the one that blended the fabric with sunflowers) and printed it on textured stabilizer. IMG_1282

Because the color was more vivid on the texturized stablizer (with Ink Aid also used) than the original prints on cotton fabric,  I took Derwent Inktense pencils, water and a brush and made those images more vivid.

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This is the resulting collage.

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Laura Wasilowski’s class on Tiny Homes covered pattern making techniques and fiber collage.

These are examples of building patterns.

My work in progress  includes a bird house.

All three of my projects need stitching, binding and backing.  I ‘ll show you updates as they are finished.

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