Garden Lady

I’m back to playing with my bags of soft cashmere bits that make such sweet and soft flowers.

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This one is definitely not inspired by nature out my window. We’ve had a hard frost and the garden is over for the year. And tonight, we are suppose to have our first snow.

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I will be playing with some more butterfly designs because these were fun!

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Plain on the back-

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I finished my quilt!

It’s voting day today in the US. I hope you have all gone out and made your voice heard. I try to remember, nobody is going to be the perfect candidate/solution. Let’s just try to move things toward a more equal, kinder, healthier country. I thought I’d post my finished quilt today for a bit of non-partisan happy.11-6-quilt - 1

I told you about starting the quilt here. So much of moving forward on this quilt has been about giving myself permission to not strive for perfection. It is so freeing. I didn’t worry about getting all the points to match up, the back (inside) seams are a mess, and I hand-quilted it. The stitches are all over the place, getting better and neater the more I did, so now they don’t match at all! Guess what- it is now finished and I will never notice. And I actually got it finished because I wasn’t making myself crazy about the details. Honestly, the hand-quilting was very relaxing. I spent an hour or a few most days until it was done, listening to audiobooks or podcasts. Nice.

Early on quilting stitches-

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In case you are wondering- no I didn’t use any kind of frame. I draped the quilt (queen size) over a plastic-topped folding table- 24″ x 48″. The weight of the quilt kept things taut. The plastic top made it relatively easy to move it around as I worked. Also I could stitch down to the plastic and not worry about scratching something nice.

This pic is before I put on the binding.

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The whole thing! Thanks husband and son and neighbors’ porch!

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After I got the edge binding on, I put it through the washing machine. That is where this project hit a snag. The quilt came out all fuzzy (bearding I believe it is called). The quilt is all wool and the batting is also wool. The wool batting fibers migrated up through the wool fabrics. I used a clothing brush on it, back and front, and came away with a basketball size pile of wool fluff. The quilt looks fine although it is still a bit fuzzy.

On the bed-

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And here is the back since I know you want to see-

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Big Man- Day of the Dead or Christmas?

This fellow got finished at the perfect time of year. This fabric is both Day of the Dead and Christmas. I should probably do some research to learn more. What I know for sure is that it is gorgeous.

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I think my favorite image is the little skeleton angels.

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He has glittery gold rick rack on his belt. The rick rack is left-over from my days making kids costumes.

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Happy Halloween everybody!

2 Snowy Owls- the snowiest

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I had a request for a snowy owl and I’m getting ready for my owls class tomorrow. Yes, these 2 things go together. I have pulled out all the owl fabrics and I always need to do a refresher when I am going to teach. Result? I have 4 snowy owls to show.

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This one is so so soft. Cashmere body, cashmere wings, alpaca tummy.

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This second one is a bit creamier in color and still very soft.

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Wool, wool/angora blend, alpaca.

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