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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Red Poppies Quilted Fine Art | . Day 151 A Block A Day Challenge.

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4th in the Series. Specialty batik fabrics are my 
favorite due to their artistic nature and strong thread count. 
Creating with improvisational piecing by hand or machine from my batik remnants is my sweet spot so combining various blue batik remnants seemednatural. Blue batik remnants from the Queen sized bed quilt that I am also currently hand quilting began the process. Mixing various patterns and shades of blue batik fabric gave motion to my composition. Additions of hand stamping overlays and screen fibers gave the element of surprise and texture that I was seeking. 3 red poppy batik fabric flowers & 2 buds were hand accented by free hand cut green batik stems and leaves.
Blue hand embroidered screen fiber binding further relates to the Mini Flower Series. 

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Squiggley fabric called for squiggly hand quilting in green then rectangular spiral
 purple in the blue section until the edge - more squiggly
 quilting on this Free Style Cobblestone Block. Day 151 A Block A Day Challenge.



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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Like A Fingerprint - Day 150 A Block A Day Challenge.

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The green batik center on this Free Style Cobblestone Block
 reminds me of a fingerprint. Hand quilted in blue Pearle cotton
 in rectangular spiral for Day 150 A Block A Day Challenge.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A Surprise In Day 149 A block A Day Challenge

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3 coping strips around this smaller Free Style Cobblestone Block
 quilted in blue rectangular spiral for 
Day 149 A Block A Day Challenge. 
Click on the photo & Look closely for a surprise 
and comment what you see.
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Monday, May 28, 2018

#8 Pearle Cotton & Day 148 A Block A Day Challenge i


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#8 Pearle Cotton is my favorite and I'm using it hand quilting 
my queen sized bed quilt. I'm about half way done and 
am running very low. Anyone have any they aren't going to use?
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This blue and purple swirl batik is one of my favorites paired 
with the green ivy batik in this Free Style Cobblestone Block. 
Day 148 A Block A Day Challenge is hand quilted using 
purple variegated thread in a rectangular spiral.
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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Flowers & Circles | Day 147 A Block A Day Challenge.

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The flower and circle patterns in this light purple fabric are 
hand quilted in cranberry Pearle cotton in a circular spiral,
 while the blue fish batik is quilted in light blue for 
Day 147 A Block A Day Challenge.
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Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Curvy Line | Day 146 A Block A Day Challenge

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I enjoy making the curvy line in the middle of many of these blocks.
 Green then blue rectangular spiral on Day 146 A Block A Day Challenge
 for this blue/aqua Free Style Cobblestone Block.
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Friday, May 25, 2018

Rules To Live By & Day 145 A Block A Day Challenge

I created this MANY years ago when my now grown "kids" were young. 
It will be going to one of their homes now at their request.
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Large and bold for this blue / purple batik Free Style Cobblestone Block
 using cranberry then blue spiral rectangular quilting for Day 145 A Block A Day Challenge.
The safety pins are temporary for holding the edge so it can be quilted. 

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Coping Strips - Day 144 A Block A Day Challenge

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I don't usually mention the coping strips like this blue/yellow batik one with
 blue Pearle cotton quilted squiggles next to the green and purple
 Free Style Cobblestone block quilted in blue circular spiral 
for Day 144 A Block A Day Challenge.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Blues All Around - Day 143 A Block A Day Challenge

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Blues all around today with blue Pearle Cotton rectangular spiral quilting 
for the blue and blue free Style Cobblestone Block
 for Day 143 A Block A Day Challenge.
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Art With Fabric Blog Hop & Day 143 A Block A Day Challenge

"Welcome Hummingbirds" 
Mounted on black panel 12 " X 24 " panel board. 
Thank you Alida for inviting me to participate in the Art With Fabric Blog Hop
along with many other wonderful artists.  Be sure to check it out.
Inspiration
Living in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina,
inspiration abounds. I especially enjoy purple Coneflowers
for their sweet fragrance and purple color that attract humming birds 
and that they showcase their beauty all Summer in our area.
When seeking particular inspiration for the Art With Fabric Blog Hop,
I looked around Pinterest for "traditional" art  and 
came across Marni Maree's beautiful watercolor. 
And since I had previously begun a Mini series of flowers, 
I chose to combine ideas of the Blog Hop theme and my Mini Flower Series. 
Marni Maree WATERCOLOR
Construction 
Creating with improvisational piecing by hand or machine
from my batik remnants is my sweet spot so 
combining various blue batik remnants seemed natural.  
Blue batik remnants from the 
Queen sized bed quilt that I am also currently hand quilting
began the process. 
 Mixing various patterns and shades of blue batik fabric gave motion to my composition.
 Additions of hand stamping overlays and screen fibers gave the element of surprise and texture that I was seeking. 
Coneflowers in purple batik fabric were hand cut then fused 
as were the free hand cut green batik stems and leaves. 
Hand embroidered screen fiber binding further relates to the Mini Flower Series,
I was pleased with this addition.
Others in my Flower Mini Series 
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First in the Mini Flower Series was this
bold orange flower piece that began as an assignment of an
online art course. You can read more about it  here. 
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I knew after creating a similar composition using a bold
orange flower, that I wanted  to make another one with happy yellow flowers. 
You can read more about it here.
This series will be in my Etsy Shop for sale. 
Thanks for checking out my Fiber Art.  Enjoy the Art With Fabric Blog Hop 
Linked to Crazy Mom Quilts & Off The Wall Friday 
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Yellow Flower Trio - Day 142 A Block A Day Challenge


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I knew after creating a similar composition using a bold
orange flower, that I wanted  to make another one with happy yellow flowers. 
This Yellow Flower Trio all batik fabrics and is 
mounted on a 12" X 24" black wood panel. 
I'm seeking a fun name for it - suggestions?
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I doubt it can be detected where the aqua thread ran out and the light blue thread began in the purple section of this circular spiral quilted Free Style Cobblestone Block for Day 142 A Block A Day Challenge. Since I have only used what I had on hand, it was great to find some useful threads in a bag gifted me recently from a friend who was cleaning out their supplies.
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Monday, May 21, 2018

Second Corner Complete | Day 141 A Block A Day Challenge

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2nd corner signifies a bit more than half way.
Day 141 A Block A Day Challenge is aqua rectangular spiral 
for this purple and aqua batik Free Style Cobblestone Block.
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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Button "Pearls" & | A Block A Day Challenge Day 140

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I'm technically not a Pearls kinda girl but white vintage glass buttons..
.well that's different. So I created this necklace to symbolize a new season.
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Subtle green rectangular spiral for this busy light yellow and blue /green batik 
Free Style Cobblestone Block on Day 140 A Block A Day Challenge
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Saturday, May 19, 2018

No Marking | Day 139 A Block A Day Challenge

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I don't mark the fabric for quilting so for Day 139 A Block A Day Challenge 
spiral in cranberry Pearle cotton, I
 estimated the center and spiraled outward on
 this green & purple batik Free Style Cobblestone Block.
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Friday, May 18, 2018

Rectangular Spiral | Day 138 A Block A Day Challenge

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Cranberry then aqua rectangular spiral for this 2 tone blue brick
 Free Style Cobblestone Block. Day 138 A Block A Day Challenge.
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Variations Of Color | Day 137 A Block A Day Challenge

Variations of color is one of the reasons I prefer batik fabrics 
for my Free Style Cobblestone Blocks. 
Day 137 A Block A Day Challenge is blue Pearle cotton
 rectangular spiral quilting in this blue and green block.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Corner Milestone | A Block A Day Challenge Day 136

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Beginning in the center and quilting out to the edge aids
 in keeping everything straight. 
So, getting to a corner like today is a milestone.
 Day 136 A Block A Day Challenge is aqua thread 
rectangular spiral for this corner blue /green Free Style Cobblestone Block.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Daily Hand Quilting | A Block A Day Challenge Day 135

Hand quilting daily is such a fun part of my day. 
Day 135 A Block A Day Challenge uses Pearle cotton
 in green then blue rectangular spiral for this deep purple 
and blue batiks Free Style Cobblestone Block.
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Monday, May 14, 2018

Day 134 A Block A Day Challenge

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Subtle green then aqua rectangular spiral quilting for this bold 
blue and purple Free Style Cobblestone Block for 
Day 134 A Block A Day Challenge.
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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Every Time She Sees Me | Day 133 A Block A Day Challenge 2018

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A friend recently noted that every time she sees me, 
I am quilting on this Queen bed quilt.
 I reminded that my A Block A Day Challenge is how 
I will complete this large project. 
Day 133 is blue then aqua square spiral for this
 green and purple batik Free Style Cobblestone Block.
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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Peripheral Block - Day 132 A Block A Day Challenge

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Another peripheral block for Day 132 A Block A Day Challenge. 
Variegated purple Pearle Cotton rectangular spiral for this blue / blue block
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Peripheral Block | Day 130 A Block A Day Challenge.

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This peripheral block requires several pins when quilting 
the aqua then cranberry Pearle Cotton rectangular spiral for 
Day 130 A Block A Day Challenge.
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Squarish Free Style Cobblestone Blocks | Day 129 - A Block A Day Challenge.

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The squarish Free Style Cobblestone Blocks are
 great candidates for circular spiral quilting. Cranberry Pearle cotton
 then aqua for Day 129 - A Block A Day Challenge.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Coping Strips | Day 128 - A Block A Day Challenge

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Although I don't consider the coping strips a Block Of the Day, they do take time, especially large ones like this green botanical batik with quiet blue wavy quilting. The "real" Day 128 - A Block A Day Challenge block is aqua then blue spiral rectangle quilting on this blue/blue Free Style Cobblestone Block.
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Monday, May 7, 2018

SOLD - Reversible Clergy Stole & Day 127 - A Block A Day Challenge




















I finished this Clergy Stole last week and just added it to my Etsy Shop. This would make a great Seminary Gift or Thank you gift for a moving pastor.
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It's nice to relax after a busy day with hand quilting. Green Pearle cotton rectangular spiral on this navy and green batik Free Style Cobblestone Block for Day 127 - A Block A Day Challenge
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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Ever Since My Honeymoon.....Day 126 - A Block A Day Challenge

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Ever since my honeymoon, I enjoy sewing while Hubby drives us here and there. 
Today's block, like many was completed in just that manner.  
Blue Pearle cotton rectangular spiral for this green 
and purple Free Style Cobblestone Block.
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Saturday, May 5, 2018

NC Quilted Art Note Card Photos & Day 125 - A Block A Day Challenge.


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Here's photos of the 12 NC Quilted Art Note Cards . There's
Birds, Flowers & Female Silhouettes.
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Another subtle circular spiral for today's block -  aqua Pearle Cotton quilted.
Linked to Crazy Mom Quilts
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Friday, May 4, 2018

My NC Quilted Art Note Cards & Day 124 - A Block A Day Challenge.

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I am SO excited to have NOTE CARDS of some of my most favorite
 Quilted Art Flowers, Birds & Female Silhouettes. 
They are available for sale just in time for Mother's Day. $4 each or $15 for a set of 4.
Leave a message to order some. 
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Cranberry Pearle cotton thread square spiral quilting is bold 
and contrasting in the center then subtle surrounding. 
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Thursday, May 3, 2018

A New Thing & Day 123 A Block A Day Challenge

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I completed this flower composition last night. 
I added another layer for the flower allowing the background to peek through,
 a nice tall leaf, a screen fiber binding edge and my signature in orange.
 It's mounted on a 12 inch x 24 inch black cradle board.
 Interestingly, orange is not my usual go to color but it's popping up recently - a new thing.
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Teal & purple combine for this Free Style Cobblestone Block.
with variegated purple Pearle cotton rectangular spiral quilting.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Rectangle Spiral for Day 122 A Block A Day Challenge

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Notice the two cranberry batik fabrics for this Free Style Cobblestone Block
 encompassing the blue batik center. 
Rectangle spiral quilting of cranberry Pearle cotton then aqua.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Asymmetrical Features for Day 121 A Block A Day Challenge.

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One of the things I like about Free Style Cobblestone Blocks
 are the asymmetrical features.
 Aqua then cranberry Pearle Cotton square spiral quilting. 
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