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Give a Quilt, Give a Hug

My husband’s grandmother’s birthday is today. In collaboration with his aunt, I sketched a design and came up with a quilt to make. We talked about a shawl sized quilt, that is soft and cuddly to keep her warm.

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It was fun to pull from my stash of fabrics to select the colors for his project. Who doesn’t love  bright pop of yellow?

img_2542I added a row of turquoise squares as a bright pop of color. It was my first time sewing a square in a square quilt block. I like the look!

img_2538I backed the quilt with fleece to make it soft and warm. And the quilt arrived just in time to be delivered last weekend by my mother-in-law. Give a quilt, give a hug. I think I might have more shawl quilts in my future!

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I shared in my intentions for the year that I am taking an online class with Elizabeth Barton. January was the first assignment of the year. We were tasked with learning to see, sketch and use value. Working from a photograph, I made a sketch of the Point Reyes Lighthouse that we visited over Christmas.

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The assignment challenged us to use only one color in light, medium, and dark values. I chose to use black, which meant I needed to dye some fabric!

img_2288It’s been ages since I had a dye session, maybe almost a year! It felt pleasurable, like seeing an old friend, pulling out my supplies and making magic in the kitchen. I dyed two colors, black and blue, in an eight value color way.

img_2300Black is such a fascinating color when reduced into values. It brings out the colors that make it black. Here, I discovered gray black tones of purple!

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I had my sketch and I had my fabric, and then I pulled it all together. The assignments are divided into three parts throughout the month, first we turn in our sketch and receive feedback, then we turn in the blocked quilt, and have a second chance for feedback and making changes, and then at the end of the month we turn in our finished quilt.

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The blocked stage isn’t stitched or secured down so that there is the opportunity to shift and make changes. The main lesson I learned in my design is that the literal truth seen in the photograph doesn’t necessarily make for a pleasing or interesting design. Small changes can be made to make the design a good one. I guess that’s why they call it artistic license!

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This piece is small, 11″ x 15″, and the quilting came together quickly. Swirls and squiggles and wavy lines. I was trying to evoke the craggy rocks, breaking waves, and fog-filled sky.

img_2380The lighthouse looks little, perched on its craggy rocks against the grandeur of the ocean and sky. That’s how I remember it in real life, and how I wanted it to be seen in the quilt.

img_2403Here’s another picture of the lighthouse from when we visited last December. There are more than 300 steps to walk down to reach the lighthouse.

img_4021When the lighthouse was in operation, a lone individual would live there for months on end. Now that would be a wild job. Just you, the rocks, and the surf.

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What a joy it is to receive fabric in the mail that is a surprise! As the first days of February passed, I looked forward with anticipation to receiving my package of February’s Pressed Seam Club from a Verb for Keeping Warm.

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In her note, Kristine shared that she wanted to pick bright primary colors to brighten up the gray days of winter. There have been a lot of gray days this winter, thank goodness for the rain and snow, so a little pop of sunshine and color is much appreciated despite how much the water is needed.

img_2489There are such a range of textures to each piece of fabric. One is more of a heavy canvas, and another a lightweight almost transparent weave. None are fabrics I would necessarily pick up on my own, but now that I have them, I can’t wait to use them in a sewing project!

img_2491Fabrics included are:

  1. Moda Fabrics – Mary Jane Butters – Glamping
  2. Liberty Art Fabrics -Bloomsbury Collection
  3. Art Gallery Fabrics – Folklore Sunray – Tule
  4. Kokka Co LTD Fabrics – Trefle
  5. Cotton & Steel – Alexia Abegg – Print Shop
  6. Cloud 9 Collective – Anna Graham – Rain Walk – 100% Organic Cotton

Linking up with Sunday Stash.

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