Annularity

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Quilt #203
Began October 2017 • Completed May 2018

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I use Magnifico thread as it has a nice sheen without being shiny, and it lays down a lovely line of stitching.  In the bobbin is So Fine thread (both by Superior Threads).

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I made a duplicate of  Annularity II — which was a quilt I designed and made for Paintbrush Studios (which hung at QuiltCon, and most recently, Quilt Market) — because I thought the first version had been lost in the mail en route to the quilter. It hadn’t, and now I had my own top.

Then I decided to quilt my own, trying out different ideas as explained in an earlier post. But thanks to my quilt holder Dave, I can now reveal the fully quilted version to the world, as well as deliver some great news about this quilt.

Recently I’d been talking with Rick and Dot Kimmelman of Pineapple Fabrics about this quilt, hoping they’d want to use it for their booth, as they carry the full line of Painter’s Palette Fabrics. In between Point A and Point B of our discussions, they purchased Keepsake Quilting, which made many of us in the QuiltWorld very happy.  And so, beginning this summer, Keepsake Quilting and Pineapple Fabrics will be the exclusive sellers of my Annularity pattern.   Both Keepsake and Pineapple will also have kits available that include all the fabrics for the top and binding.  (You can check Pineapple Fabrics.com to purchase within the next month, and see Keepsake Quilting’s Fall catalogue, due out the second week of August.  You can bet I’ll put something up on here when I first lay eyes on my quilt in their catalogue!)

Annularity_4Back_fixedThe wild and crazy back.  It’s “prairie house” from the De Leon Design Group, for Alexander Henry Fabrics.  I thought it might disguise any oopsies, but I was happy to note that I actually had very few.  I guess maybe after ten years I’m getting better at the quilting?  Much credit belongs to the Sweet Sixteen machine I use, and the threads, which always seem to balance so well.Annularity_4bBackScrap

After one quilting session, when I turned it over to check the back, I noticed I had quilted in this wedge-shaped scrap onto the back.  I started to try and cut it out, then decided I kind of liked this nod to the process, so left it in.  Really, you can’t see it, when looking at the overall back. (Well, NOW you do, but you didn’t at first, right?)

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So, thanks for being my cheering squad, motivating me to finish up my quilt.  And I hope you enjoy making yours!

Cleaning the Design Wall

Since I am away from the computer for a while, I’m running a few favorite, previously published posts.  
This one originally ran on July 22, 2010, but is modified for today’s post.
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Here’s the before:

The during:

The after:

Okay, that’s not a very exciting thing to do, right?  We want all our sewing tools to keep on working, day after day, no complaints, no breakdowns, no upkeep or maintenance required.  But it’s such a little thing to take a few minutes and cheap-o lint roller remover and stroke down the board.  And really, is the Before picture really so objectionable? Yet, what surprised me is how many of the threads that came off on those sticky papers were seemingly invisible to me.

But since I did it yesterday, just walking into the room is different.  My pin wall is thread-free (for the time being) and it makes the room look cleaner.  It made me think of the premise behind Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point: that an epidemic can start with one small thing and roll on out from that.   It’s like how picking up the towels in the bathroom and rehanging them triggers a cleaning of the sink.  Or washing the curtains makes you repaint the bedroom.  I’m talking about those kinds of mini-epidemics, that are just one person wide and one person deep. Those changes I make myself.

My sewing room (aka The Study) had been a mess since we arrived home from our trip to Canada and I just didn’t seem to have the mental energy to put the things away.  But I cleaned the threads off the wall and now I’m putting away those little naggy things that linger after travel is done.

So maybe, taking time off to take care of things has unintended consequences?  That this can, in some ways, apply to our own creativity level?  That taking time off to clean out a few cobwebs, have a walk on the beach, or take a minute to sing along to a popular song in between shuttling the family to various places is like cleaning the threads off the design wall?

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Perhaps a little mental maintenance on our own selves is why summertime is such a tonic, even if we don’t know what ails us.

Structure: Four-in-Art Art Quilt, February 2014

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No. 2 in the Urban Series: Structure

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Leanne asked us to consider the theme of Structure for this challenge.  While other ideas teased, the vision of these immense structures of steel and wire kept haunting me.

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My husband and I got off the freeway to follow a few, photographing their massive, yet airy, construction reaching high into the sky, grabbing a line and passing it to their fellow tower.

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It made me think about structure in terms of how electricity — and their cousin, the telephone line — have created their own structure in our lives.  We used to depend on mail, human contact, driving somewhere, but now we email, Instagram, Facebook, Skype, and need scads and scads of voltage to do it all.  The structure of our lives has changed.

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I had hoped to make a quilt of tiny envelopes, distress them somehow, then superimpose the grand power scaffolding on top of that, representing the change in communication.  It was not meant to be.

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I printed out the upwards view of the tower, intrigued by its criss-crossing lines, then proceeded to sew together a billion little angular pieces.  I kept thinking how proud of me Leanne would be, as she is the queen of improv quilting.

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As I completed a section, I’d lay it out.

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Done, but it was a bit small, so I added a border.

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I’m showing it from the back, as I’m mighty proud of those billions of seams.

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I chose a variegated thread and quilted where I wanted to.  Maybe those scribbled lines in the border are conversations?  Or interrupted code from a blog post?  Or the news from a family member, broken into bits and pieces as it is transmitted?  The fabric is scraps from my most recent quilt, Amish With a Twist Two, perhaps because I wanted to work with line and not pattern (and certainly with all the weeny subdivisions, there is plenty of pattern) but also because the sack of scraps had not been put away yet.

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I like this photo because the leaves and berries of the bush behind this tree call out the color in the quilt.

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Posing with its soul mates: the telephone box and the power meter.

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I had planned to piece all the little envelopes together and put them on the back, but I decided that with all the seaming, the quilt would be one gigantic lumpy square.  Plain backing then, from the Collage line of fabric, and then added the label.  That morning nothing would go right, so it’s on and done; not perfect, but sometimes that’s just how it has to be.

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I owe my associations in this Four-in-Art group to these very structures, long looping lines bringing me quilting and friendship.

Take a look at how our group interpreted this theme:

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Since I wrote about how I made it, I won’t be doing a “deconstructed” post for this quilt.  And when I hear what the new theme is for May, I’ll let you know.  As usual, there was some amount of frustration over this quilt–deadline crept up on me, a “why am I doing this to myself?” moan (or two), and then the getting down to it.
Teresa Amabile said “Creativity depends on a number of things: experience, including knowledge and technical skills; talent; an ability to think in new ways; and the capacity to push through uncreative dry spells.”  At the end, I’m always glad I pushed through any dry spell to arrive at the finished Four-in-Art art quilt.

Geek 8 Competition–Spoonflower Fabrics

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The link to look at the fabrics, read about the designers is *here.*

Like many of you, I’m a fabric geek–love the texture, the designs, love having a wide range of fabrics to choose from.  The theme of Spoonflower’s second annual Design 8 contest is “Geek Chic,” and the initial offering included all kinds of geekiness, including taped glasses, computer references, science allusions and designs–the whole range.  I think these final few contestants have captured the full range of geek chic.  I loved reading their biographies, as they live all over the world, from Santa Monica to Toulouse, France, and while they all begin differently with their sketching, they all end up on the computer, making their designs. Three of my four favorites are in the top row, and the other fav is the middle of the bottom row, so I’ll have to think hard about which one to vote for.

The contest voting closes next week, so hurry!  Cast your vote!