Blog for 2021
A look back at my creations and news for 2021!

Since it’s been so long since I updated this, I reviewed my last post. I just want to repeat the first sentence of that post, again: Thank you, Georgia.

I’ve been very busy doing customer quilts, (which can be seen here) it’s hard to get to my own stuff sometimes. Quilters have had lots of time to make quilt tops this year! Nonetheless, I have added a bunch of small art quilts to my repetoire. I’ve been taking an 8 week, online class with Katie Pasquini Masopust; one assignment every 2 weeks. They’re hard. I skipped one when I realized I was about to cry with frustration. Three more to go. Definitely learning a few tricks. Here are the 1st 4:

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These are still painful to look at. That 1st one is now a dog bed.

Moving on….

Another class I took online was with Susan Carlson. This, I loved. Other than the longarm business at the end, there is no sewing. It’s all glue appliqué. It starts with drawing on a piece of white cotton:

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The swirl is filled in with hundreds of small fussy cut pieces of whatever color you choose. Once it’s filled in, you do the same with the background with a different color.

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After the quilting is done, even the binding is glued on. SO much fun.

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I can’t wait to do another one. You can draw anything and fill in. Her work is spectacular.

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 The last one I’ll write about is called Tangerine Dream. It has a long story.

Plan A: make a bunch of 3″ squares using strips of scraps. (say that 5 times). And then play with them. This was my original plan:

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Somewhere along the way, I started to fall out of love with this layout, and put the squares on point:

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This I liked. Once the diamond was complete, I had to come up with a plan for the 4 corners. Which required designing a paper piece pattern. This took forever. A math genius could have done it in an hour. I spent most of a day pretending to be a graphic designer.

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But it worked!! I auditioned a couple colors for those spaces: (went with left)

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Added the red ‘spokes’. That was good, but a bit too uninteresting. So I added tangerine half circles:

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(I just really like watching the process….)

Better, but still lacking something. So I added yellow bias appliqué.

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I felt that was enough. I did experiment with some playful eyes….but decided that was a bit goofy.

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Last steps: quilt it and bind it. I draw my quilting options on clear plexiglass.

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Add the magic…

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I went with a facing, instead of a binding. Very happy with that choice. And best of all, the BACK. An out of print, delicious design by my friend, Terri Mangat. It’s ok to be jealous.

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That is IT! Obviously, I’m a bit enamored with Tangerine Dream. It’s my design, and I love it. (Unlike the beginnings of this post.)

Well, if you stuck with me to the end on this one, I’ll send you a dollar. The trick is to post more often. However, if anyone tells you it’s quick and easy to post on your blog, they’re lying.

I’ll be fully vaccinated in 6 days. Shortly after that, I’m off to see these two lovelies again. I can’t wait to inhale them.

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Thanks for checking in,

Debbie

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