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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Tiny Quilts

How are you on follow through? I'm pretty bad at it, which makes me wonder why I started this new project. Starting with my birthday last June, I decided to make one tiny quilt each week for the next year. Not sure what the heck I was thinking, but I'm hoping for once to make it to the end of a project!

So this is the deal. These quilts are mounted on 6 inch canvases. I'm trying to use a lot of the mixed-media techniques that I've been learning (see my sideboard for the LifeBook class info.), so they all have collage, paint, some incorporate paper, and of course a wide variety of fabric. I'm also doing a lot of reading on Symbology, so I've been exploring personal symbols with these little bits, too.

This was the third TQ. There is a vague tarot reference with the diamonds here, and the acute triangles which are masquerading as swords. The rest is obvious.
 The latest finished TQ is below. It includes part of a handkerchief that I doodled on, and some fused bits of scrap thread.
 Here's a detail shot where you can see the threads.
 

 
 
This is an almost finished Work-In-Progress. That reddish square has some writing that I did on other piece of hankie. The writing is cryptic, as it goes in two different directions, one over the top of the other. Did not intend the blotchy effect, but the red marker bled, and I kept it because I liked it. I also did not intend the unibrow. I guess I need to plan ahead on the thread sketching if I'm doing people! It's all a learning process....

 
And finally, the very beginnings of a new piece. The next step is some paint, but I haven't made any decisions yet.

 
It looks like this is going to be a fun journey. I hope I make it all the way through to my 52nd birthday. Have you ever tried a year-long project? Or are you doing one now? What are you learning from it?

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I enjoyed your comments on my last post. Brandi, I'm sheepishly admitting that you are right. I tried to hurry Jensen and Buttercup along too fast. Jade, he doesn't just take the greens off her plate. He rips them out of her mouth! Bit of a bully, my Jensen. And if you are on FB, you know he is having a bit of a stasis issue. We are not out of the woods yet, but he did "produce" a little. Poop is a wonderful thing!

6 comments:

brandi said...

How do you feel about paper piecing? I love Carol Doake's little three inch paper pieced blocks.

I hope Jensen feels better. Maybe him taking the greens out of her mouth is a good thing since it means he is eating.

speedyrabbit said...

The quilts are wonderful Karen,I'm trying to finish a painting hopefully tomorrow then to make the frame for it,thats for a wedding present.Hope Jensen gets well soon,we love the goofball,hehehe we all try to rush things sometimes,those to will get there,xx Rachel

Rabbits' Guy said...

Keep going! No - a year is too long for a project for me. Get those bunnies better!!!!

Mr. Mick and Jade said...

Yay for poop production!

I guess Jensen figured if he couldn't have all the greens, he wasn't having any--either that or he and Mick are having a "let's see who can worry our mamas the most" contest. I'd say Mick's winning that one at the moment, but I don't want to give Jensen any ideas. KEEP EATING, JENSEN!

bunnits said...

I love those tiny quilts. A year? Only a year?

Get well, Jensen. Hugs to all

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Love these quilts girlfriend. Fabulous!
Poop is a wonderful thing indeed. Especially bunny poop.
xx