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35.1 Non-quilting art and scrapitude on MDSI weekend

May 26, 2014

I have been having a blast during this Memorial Day Sew In (#MDSI on twitter) weekend – aka Memorial Day weekend for quilting muggles.

It has been wonderful to have a balance of online and offline experiences this weekend, which just makes everything so much rounder & more in depth than one or the other – which usually happens.

I got a few things done around the house, but nothing major or specific to the holiday except for yesterday when I went crazy for a snake found in our yard – no sign of him today – thank goodness.

The long weekend time was well deserved off.

I spent time on Saturday getting ready to see my friend and then spontaneously we decided to go downtown to see some stuff!

The first thing was this strange 3D installation at the Art Center. There was this large wire structure and various arrows and numbers, but the colored blocks in this were all fabric. Solids, and I saw the selvage on a piece or two, but the fabric was wrapped around the wire. So 3D quilt type thing?? Not exactly.

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And there was an interpretive set of pieces in the next room, one of which looked like feathers.

artworklookslikefeathers

 

And there was a nice technique that I really liked in this watercolor/wax creation.

watercolorandwax

 

Which I wonder if it would translate to fabric dying? I like the pooling of darker colors at the bottom of the piece and the shiny way this works and reminds you of 3D pieces on a 2D space.

And then we went to this ceramics place where they make all the ceramics, and charge a fee for customers to come in and paint on the various types of ceramics and then you get to keep a personalized piece after they fire it!

So many choices at the ceramics shop! And examples to look at.

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Some other pieces that were finished from other customers.

finihsed pieces

There are stamps in addition to stencils.

stamps

And I could take my own design (*cough* quilt block *cough*) and recreate it in pottery and always look at it for ever & ever. Now to decide on the design, I have a half off coupon which expires at the end of summer.

And I just love looking at the pieces, finished and not finished.

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And after all this fun, we went back to my friend’s house and LynAnne finished a quilt top that just had a few more rows to sew together!

lynannequilttop

And I worked on applique pieces, sewing them down to the background. Currently (monday afternoon) I have 4 left to sew down out of 16. Not exceedingly exciting and I’ve shared it somewhere in the previous post.

Then Sunday was my 5K distance walk/run training / regular workout.

And more hand sewing & twitter.

Then this morning, we decided to go fishing and I at least caught one.

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And this afternoon, I finally finished all the straight-line stitching on soft scrapitude and now have to fill in more on the FMQ.

scrapitude straight lines complete

I have yet to completely decide on the larger triangles, but I think I am doing vines in some of the ‘v-shapes’.  And I don’t do feathers often, but I do do pearls.

scrapitude pearls in boxes

I am trying to make myself find designs that are not just in the piecing. I like using the piecing for my ‘custom FMQ’, but branching out into the negative space is nice too. I have a lot of quilts that could benefit from some FMQ marathons.

And the other day, my friend opened up a small modern quilt fabric shop in the neighboring very small town, and I went to the dollar store afterwards and found this strange colored headband that reflects either pink or blue depending on the light. This is strange fabric and may have to find a place in one of my quilts one day.

Please excuse the strange top of head shot to follow.

strangeheadband

 

6 comments

  1. Nice post, Darla. I’m glad your time off was filled with such varied experiences!


  2. looks like you had a very productive weekend


  3. What a great time you seemed to have. Especially the art filled day.


  4. Wow! You had a great weekend! Love hearing all about your adventures. The pottery shop looks fun.


  5. The days arej ust packed!


  6. Great post, Darla. All the pictures are awesome especially the one of you. Seems you had quite the regenerative weekend. So much variety. Thank you for all you do in this community. Tami



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