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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Day 30 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 59 A Block A Day Challenge

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Day #30: Create a piece of art reflecting your interpretation of God’s love for you.
Participating in this challenge has stretched, encouraged 
and allowed part of eternal things with God's artistic army worldwide. 
What a thrill. 
Look closely and you'll see that my queen sized bed quilt
 is now safety pin basted. It is an example of God's love 
for me to freely create beauty through my favorite colors
 (how He created me), in community with other colorful artists
 and a work in progress. Praise HIM and thanks Matt Tommey
This "block" also is my work for the Block A Day Challenge
as I spent much time laying it out and pin basting it today. 
I plan to begin quilting a block a day tomorrow. 
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Day 29 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 58 A Block A Day Challenge

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Day #29: Create a piece of art that features your favorite texture.
My favorite textures are quilted raw edged fabric collage 
with embroidery stitching various embellishments.
I added Running Stitching, Colonial Knots
for this Block Of The Day today.
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Monday, February 26, 2018

Day 28 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 57 A Block A Day Challenge

Prompt Day #28: Create a piece of art based on your favorite color.
Today's prompt coincides with my A Block A Day Challenge.
Creating the remaining row of my bed quilt that I have been
working on since January 1st brings great delight.
It also is a compilation of my fabric batik fabrics
in my favorite colors - teals, purples, blues and greens. 
It also reminds me that I can do all things through Christ
who strengthens me in this large queen sized bed quilt top
when I generally create much smaller wall quilts and gifts. 
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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Day 27 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 56 A Block A Day Challenge

Prompt Day #27: Go through an old sketchbook 
and find an idea you never completed and finish it.
My old sketchbook drawing is from 9 years prior.
Pilfering through my remnant basket from my bed quilt for
fabrics to create this 6 inch X 4 inch
Quilted Art Mini.  Additional embellishments
of screen and paint.
Great progress on the additional 10 inch strip
 needed to complete the bed quilt top.
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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Day 26 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 55 A Block A Day Challenge

Prompt Day #26: Create a piece of art based
 on the last difficulty you had in your life and how you overcame it.
God has a way of making beauty from ashes, flowers grow from
dead seed & renewing my mind with truth.
"If God is for us, who can be against us?"
Romans 8:31
I've estimated I need 12 more blocks for the top
of my bed quilt - and maybe a few coping strips later.
7 batik blocks for today.
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Friday, February 23, 2018

Day 25 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 54 A Block A Day Challenge

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Prompt Day #25: Choose something very small, 
magnify it and create it in detail with your chosen medium.
Buttons are tiny useful and delightful treasures. 
My enlarged "buttons " are created from batik fabric circles 
with actual buttons for the "holes".
As mentioned yesterday, the bed quilt top is a row
shy. So, more blocks...batik fabrics of course. 
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Day 24 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 53 A Block A Day Challenge

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Prompt Day #24: Create a piece of art using your non-dominant hand.
Although I've taught myself several non dominant hand tasks (teeth brushing, computer mouse use, stirring etc.) this prompt reminded that retraining can be done.
I choose to complete the backing for the quilt since it was still in process and
on the floor.  It's done and perfect size.
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Day 23 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 52 A Block A Day Challenge

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Prompt Day #23: Think "over, under" and create something woven.
Batik fabric strips, ribbon, embroidery floss,
 and cotton yarn weaving on green cotton backing.
More progress in creating a backing for my bed quilt
adding smaller sections.  I'm thinking this 
backing may be a fun reverse side to my bed quilt.
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Day 22 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 51 A Block A Day Challenge

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Prompt Day #22: Watch your favorite movie 
and then create an artful response.
Mr. Holland's Opus - inspiring others through using your gifts.
Still in 4 large sections,  anticipating possible machine quilting,
I needed to completely piece this all together. 
So I got the cotton quilt batting out to "rest" and was so excited
about beginning the hand quilting process, pieced the top completely
and when checked the size - since it's been completely improvisational -
it was about 10 inches too short.  SO - more blocks to be pieced 
while the batting with continue to "rest". 

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Day 21 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 50 A Block A Day Challenge

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Prompt Day #21: Read a favorite passage of scripture 
and then re-write it in a way that’s personal to you.
 Psalm 18:19 & 20
"He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.
The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me."

When I was backed into a corner physically or emotionally,
 God brought me out and into an open place where I could move freely and feel free.
My Master covered me with His righteousness,
 His justice, Himself, saw my innocence in the situation
 and has gave me a reward.
A blue flower batik combined with a teal /brown
batik for today's block for my bed quilt backing. 
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Day 20 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 49 A Block A Day Challenge

Prompt Day #20: Write a poem in response to one of your favorite pieces of art.
This is one of my favorite creations to date.
"...be healed"
Familiar design of previous healing art,
Spirit prompted again stitching start.
Healing the goal,
In quiet moments sewed, 
Beauty from ashes again.
Obedience allows the  balm to unfold 
Healing through art the goal. 
And then
Released to heal others in unique new space, 
To soothe and heal through grace
Today's block for the back of my  bed quilt features a multicolored batik
with a blue striped batik.  
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Day 19 & Day 48 A block A Day Challenge

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Prompt Day #19: Create a piece of art
 in response to your favorite poem.
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Added purple borders using green embroidery
 Running Stitch to the female silhouette praising.
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Day 18 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 47 A Block A Day Challenge

Prompt Day #18: Create a piece of art in response 
to your favorite worship song.
Current favorite worship song is 
 Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin.
Gelli printed purple onto hand painted fabric with
a female silhouette mask with
arms upraised to the Good Good Father.
Hand stamped PRAISE overlay.
 Expressing what a Quilted Art piece means to you 
in a title doesn't always come easily. 
Inner Threshold's title came from the other challenge
 I'm participating in - Your 30-Day Art Challenge's 
challenge to create a poem on Day #15.
And although the lines in the clear stained glass door
downtown Asheville inspired this composition,
my surprise reflection in the door noticed later 
spoke to my soul as well. 
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Day 17 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 46 A Block A Day Challenge

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Prompt Day #17: Create a piece of art based on your
 favorite “inspiration piece” from another artist.
There is so much inspiring art around me, it's hard to choose. 
I have been especially drawn to collage on dictionary pages lately. 
Here's my watercolor female silhouette collage who
 DREAMS of JOYFUL LIBERTY. 
STRETCH is on the pattern tissue paper.
I'm making great progress on creating a backing for my
bed quilt by piecing large blocks from my batik fabric stash.
Today's block is a light purple floral with a dark purple foliage batik fabric.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Day 16 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 45 A Block A Day Challenge

Prompt for Day #16: Create a piece of art to encourage
 a friend by asking the Holy Spirit to give you a picture, 
word or feeling for them then find a scripture to accompany it.
To a grieving friend, I sent a photo of this composition ( "Inner Threshold")
 and an explanation
of how Ezekiel 40:7 speaks of how even the alcoves are
measured and under the care of our Father.
I also sent a copy of my poem.
INNER THRESHOLD
Not all thresholds are pleasant entrances to cross,
Especially those involving loss.
Preferred thresholds appear exciting and fun,
With high hopes of new adventures to come.
Still life allows thresholds of all kinds, 
designed to strengthen soul and renew mind.
I trust the One who leads and remains through each threshold, 
Is refining my heart stronger and bold.
Today's block is made up of a bright lime batik
and a purple swirl batik fabric. 
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Day 15 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 44 A Block A Day Challenge

 Prompt Day #15: Write a poem that expresses
 the essence of your spiritual journey over the last 12 months.
Interestingly, I created a couple pieces of art using a door as the theme, 
which is the focus of my poem today. 
INNER THRESHOLD
Not all thresholds are pleasant entrances to cross,
Especially those involving loss.
Preferred thresholds appear exciting and fun,
With high hopes of new adventures to come.
Still life allows thresholds of all kinds, 
designed to strengthen soul and renew mind.
I trust the One who leads and remains through each threshold, 
Is refining my heart stronger and bold.
Today's partial fat quarter batik block
combines a Spring like foliage with a dark blue 
and brown foliage. 
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Monday, February 12, 2018

Day 14 your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 43 A block A Day Challenge

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Prompt Day #14: Create a piece of art 
using only shades of one color of your choosing.
This fabric art Valentine is on its was to one if my grandchildren.
 I create each grandchild one each year.
 Bits of batik fabrics collage under tuile with a red polka dot heart and
 " The Lord Is My Shepherd " hand stamped on red batik fabric.
Today block for my bed quilt backing is
a multicolored purple/pink/yellow batik
paired with a blue/yellow batik fabric.
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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Day 13 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 42 A Block A Day Challenge

Prompt for Day 13: Create a piece of art using only black and white.
I enjoy art from printed words and chose to 
create this black and white "door" blackout poetry.
"Thinking on the right- opened door,
opened door to Him"
More fat quartered sized batik section blocks
creating the backing for my bed quilt.
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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Day 12 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 41 A Block A Day Challenge

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Prompt Day#12. Create a spiritual ‘coat of arms’
that represents who you are
and what God has called you to in His Kingdom.
Colored pencils in one of my art journals today.
Today's block for the back of my bed quilt is 2 more
partial fat quarters - batik fabrics...of course :)
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Friday, February 9, 2018

Day 11 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 40 A Block A Day Challenge

Prompt for Day #11:
Create a piece of art that expresses a social justice issue
 that touches your heart like human trafficking, poverty or homelessness.
My quilted art female silhouette represents
the social injustice of prejudice against bi-racial
marriages, be it skin color or nationality.
Today's block is a purple print fat quarter batik
and a light / dark blue dotted partial fat quarter batik.
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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Day 10 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 39 A Block A Day Challenge

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Joy overflows my heart to create and abandon this batik fabric,
 hand embroidered and vintage button embellished piece at the mall today.
I've begun piecing together large sections of batik
fabric (fat quarter sized more or less)
for the backing of my bed quilt.
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Day 9 Your 30- Day Art Challenge & Day 38 A Block A Day Challenge

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Prompt Day #9: 
Create a piece of art no larger than 3”x 3”
 from your latest inspiration.
Awhile back, my daughter who lives abroad and I 
both bought small journals for creating 3 inch x 3 inch art doodles 
to share the fun of art together. So, I chose to doodle in that today.
The bottom right corner section is complete
adding coping strips and blocks together.
Now - do I hand or machine quilt a block a day
going forward?


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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Day 8 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 37 A Block A Day Challenge

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Prompt for Day #8: Pick three colors next to each other 
on the color wheel and create a piece based on that color combination.
Blue, purple & green watercolor pencils on soft edge heart.
Combining this trio of blocks 
for the bottom right corner.
Notice the lime green cats?

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Day 7 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 36 A Block A Day Challenge

I combined the challenges today.
Your 30-Day Art Challenge prompt
Day #7: Choose your favorite scripture
and create something in your favorite artistic medium
to express the scripture.
I have so many "favorite" scriptures - depending
on what the LORD is currently speaking to my heart.
Today I chose Proverbs 31:25
"Strength and honor are her clothing,
and she can laugh at the time to come."

My favorite medium is batik fabrics 

and currently incorporating female silhouettes in them.
This design was inspired from a stained glass door
downtown Asheville.  

This 'Block"  also works as my 
Block A Day Challenge.  Taking small 
pieces of batik fabric and creating larger blocks is fun for me. 
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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Super SEW Party -Day 6 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 35 A Block A Day Challenge

One of my favorite parties of the year 
is an annual Super Sew Party - no football included.
Over the years the group has changed but we gather with
lots of yummy snacks and create for an extended time.
SO MUCH FUN!
Your  30-Day Art Challenge prompt for
Day #6: Take a walk, 
collect 5 things and incorporate them 
into a piece of original art.
Interestingly as I walked in the rain today,
I gleaned some surprisingly representative items:
A heart shaped leaf (my heart), a
silver thread( being refined like silver), a penny (His provision) ,
 a half hickory nut shell (He carries me)
and a really white rock (He is my rock) .
Unintentionally, this seems a bit like a sail boat.
Today's Block A Day Challenge 
is from a green swirl batik fabric surrounding
a deep purple batik fabric. 
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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Day 5 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 34 A Block A Day Challenge

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Prompt for Day #5: 
Open the Bible, choose a scripture at random 
and create art from that inspiration.
I randomly chose 2 Kings 5:18
Seemed like an odd verse at first but after meditating 
and seeking the Lord, He gave me the word "grace". 
Watercolor - something new for me.
This is such a fun teal batik fabric
which is paired with a modeled dark green batik.
Just a few more blocks and I will begin quilting this...
machine or hand ?
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Friday, February 2, 2018

Day 4 Your 30-Day Art Challenge & Day 33 A Block A Day Challenge

I'ts so fun to be a part of this worldwide Art Group on Facebook. 
Today's prompt:
Day #4: Design your own self-portrait on how it would look 
to live out of God's abundance, rather than your own self-image.
Bright yellow (happy) swirl fabric female silhouette
on a teal (healing) swirl fabric.
"released" in fuchsia thread.
 I created several female silhouettes in 2017
following this prompt without realizing it.
Another larger section added to and connected.  
I had to tape/push pin it up on my basement wall to 
process the bottom right side.
Linked to Crazy Mom Quilts, Off The Wall Friday
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