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Joy, Peace and Love

“When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh

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After the Christmas sewing is done and  still during the holiday season, I usually look for a pattern to make something to add to my Holiday collection of decorations.  This year, I found the pattern for this dove at DevoutGuilter.com.  I decided to set it on the square called “World’s Fair” that was published in the Farmer’s Wife book of New Designs and Patterns that was published in 1934.  The background fabrics are batiks.  The Dove is mixed fabrics all in neutral tones.

Dove 2The dark squares at the top and bottom are quilted with gold thread in a circular pattern in Joy, Peace and Love.  The letters were darkened with a navy blue sharpie.  I tried a couple of different metallic threads (Superior and YLI).  I decided to go with the YLI.  I didn’t break and was smoothest to use for hand quilting.Dove 3Closeup of the dove and the hand quilting

May you all have a good New Year and many finished projects!

Finished: Jan 4, 2014

Size: 24×72

Machine pieced, hand quilted, hand appliqued

in addition to the website mentioned before, Devoutquilter also has a Facebook page.

 

 

 

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Another September

“This is an important lesson to remember when you’re having a bad day, a bad month, or a shitty year. Things will change: you won’t feel this way forever. And anyway, sometimes the hardest lessons to learn are the ones your soul needs most. I believe you can’t feel real joy unless you’ve felt heartache. You can’t have a sense of victory unless you know what it means to fail. You can’t know what it’s like to feel holy until you know what it’s like to feel really fucking evil. And you can’t be birthed again until you’ve died.”
― Kelly Cutrone, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You

Another September, another vigil. This time I’m sitting at my mother’s bedside as she is slowly slipping away. I’m feeling the weight of being the only one left. Why am I the one that has sat at the bedside and held the hands of my parents and only sibling?

The really bad thing is that I didn’t bring enough hand work to help take up the time!

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This is a Chinese lantern pattern. And here is the example of the hand quilting on the back.

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Completed 2005
45×60 in
Machine pieced, hand quilted

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Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums are one of summers little gifts. . . little pockets of color tucked in among the vegetables to keep the aphids away and to bring a surprise of color to the eye.

 

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This was given to a friend as a gift.

Size: 20×30

Machine appliqued, hand quited, finished 2004

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Lilies

Life is much different from the days when there were lilies in my mother’s garden, and all my secrets fit into a paper cup.”
Lauren DeStefano, Wither lily2It is really hot here in the Great Basin.  Three consecutive days of 105 degrees.  This is really unusual for June.  All the more excuse to head to the basement and sew!  The day lilies are out in full bloom all over the valley.

lily1This is a piece that I completed in 2005 and is my interpretation of day lilies.lily3The piece us machine appliqued and hand quilted.

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Summer in the Great Basin

“The desert seems to be a brown wasteland of dry, prickly scrub whose only purpose is to serve as a setting for the majestic saguaros. Then, little by little, the plants of the desert begin to identify themselves: the porcupiny yucca, the beaver tail and prickly pear and barrel cacti, buckhorn and staghorn and devil’s fingers, the tall, sky-reaching tendrils of the ocotillo.”
Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl

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The Yucca have come into bloom in the high desert.  They defy the usual image of a dry, brown summer that one often thinks of in the desert.  The blooms are beautiful, white and lily-like.

yucca1The spiky  leaves become a beautiful and fresh green.

Here is my interpretation of the yucca.

yuccaSize: 30×30

machine appliqued, hand quilted

Completed 2002

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Spring to Summer

“When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe one of two things: either there will be ground to stand on, or you will be given wings to fly.”
O.R. Melling, The Summer King

 

Days are longer, days and nights are warmer, spring flowers are disappearing, strawberries are about to turn red, peaches appear as small nubbins on the tree, the first spinach, lettuce and chard have been enjoyed.  Spring is nearly over.spring to summerThe center applique square in this quilt was the last piece of applique that my sister completed before she passed away from cancer last fall.  I felt it deserved a place of honor and remembrance.  I surrounded the applique with a block called “Broken Stone” which was published by the Kansas City Star on January 4, 1950.

size: 36×36

hand appliqued, machine pieced, hand quilted

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Crouching tiger, hidden dragon

“But I’ll always love you, and I’ll always miss you and I’ll never forget that It’s okay to put dragons in the jungle and tears on a tiger”
Sharon M. Draper, Tears of a Tiger

tigerdragonThis is a commissioned piece  for a friend.  The request was for a piece with their astrological signs and the yin and yang.

Machine applique, hand quilted,

Shiva paint stiks used to stencil the stripes on the tiger, chinese symbols and details on the dragon.

Size – 47″x35″

Finished 2013

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