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Happy Sunday!

I spent the last two mornings completely engrossed back into the Lindsey Project art quilt. I had finished her arms and legs last time and needed to work on the water and sky next. I stopped work on this for a few weeks due to time constraints and not being sure how I felt about the arms and legs. I thought about adding more to them but then decided to let it rest and come back to a different part of the quilt. I’m so glad I did because now I see the arms and legs are fine and I’m having a BLAST working on the water and sky. Susan Carlson likens this to “painting with fabric” and I quite agree. It’s sort of like adding a dab of paint here and there, stepping away for a bit and then coming back at it with more dabs of paint. With it being the weekend and all, I’ve been in my sewing room in my pajamas with coffee and glue on my hands and it feels like utter bliss. I walk by the sewing room and sneak peeks throughout the day to see how the quilt looks in different light and from different angles.

I worked on the water most of yesterday morning and then this morning, I pulled out a bunch of sky type fabrics including some of my own hand dyeds.

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I realized things would go a bit quicker if I precut some scraps of each fabric instead of the “cut, glue, cut, glue” routine.

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This is where I’ve left off for the moment…the water is finished, the sky is being “painted”. I feel free and completely inspired by it today.

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Here are two close ups of the project so you can see how the pieces of fabric overlap and line up.

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Knowing that my hand dyed fabrics are going to get use in this quilt, it makes me want to dye more, of course. I think I’m ready to accept that I really just want to dye fabrics that can be used in this type of quilt and in landscape quilts. I like the blue/green and pink/yellow/orange combinations. These fabrics will be cut up for the most part so I’m not too concerned with learning to dye in every conceivable pattern. I don’t really even require large amounts of gradated colors either. I just like a lot of color blended together. When the kids are back in school, I’ll go through my dye bin and see what I can make with the dyes I have left.

What is inspiring you today?