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This morning when I woke up I found myself first thinking about the Florida cottage where Bob lived. The quiet street less than a block from the gulf on a barrier Island in Florida. I remember how I first met Bob. My husband and I were newcomers to that island for our winter visits and one day I went to the island historical museum for a visit. Bob was an amateur radio enthusiast as well as had interest in all radios, and he had some radios at that museum and was there and eager to talk to anyone about his radios. I spoke with him briefly but as soon as I got back to our place I told my husband to go over and meet him there because my husband also was an amateur radio operator. That was the beginning of a long friendship between the two men. Lots of breakfasts out together, trips to the amateur radio convention in Florida, and talking on the radio to name a few of their activities. Bob had lived on the island for a long time so he knew a lot of the history and events that happened as well as where the good places were to visit.
Bob passed away last evening after a long and interesting life, he was in his nineties. Although I never spent as much time with him as my husband, I did learn a few life lessons from Bob. Although he had health issues he was always smiling and ready to go out for some fun. I think he may be the most positive person I've ever known up till now. And he always had a good story to tell you about something that happened in his life, and they were usually funny. So that will be Bob's legacy for me. Keep smiling, keep a positive attitude, and always have a good story in your back pocket. I'm pretty sure that wherever Bob is now he's sharing one of those stories.
I sure enjoyed making these three mini tapestries on the Mirrix Loom. The largest on the branch is 4.5 x 8". The blue one is 3.5" x 3". And the one that looks like a mini landscape is 4 x 4". With practice I am getting better at tapestry techniques and use of color. I'm thinking of mounting the smallest ones on a small canvas with a fabric background. I worked on these for about a month.
Aidan who is nearly 8 years old spent the night with us on Saturday and one of the many things we did together was make this art quilt. I took his photo first in the woods and transferred it to fabric. Then I got him setup to make some of his own art to go with the wooded scenery. He used inktense pencils, and leaf stamps and paints. We even mixed some of our own colors!
After he was finished and the paint dried I tried to combine the parts in an interesting way and I sewed it together. We both had fun creating and now he has a little memory of his time here.
I guess I would call this my first "better" woven tapestry piece. The pattern is simple but I love the color blending. I wanted to try weaving in a branch as a hanging device and that worked pretty well too. I love the process. I have plenty of warp left after this piece so I'm going to try another small piece before I remove this one from loom. This tapestry measures about four and a half inches wide by nine or ten inches long. I'm thinking of figuring a way to weave in some paper messages on my next piece. I'll post as I get going!
Here's the quilt top I donated to the PioneerLand Quilter's for this years' auction.
The quilters meet throughout the year and my top was one of them that they quilted for this auction. I visited the fair on Thursday and my quilt was still on the frame so I got a chance to sit and quilt on it with the other ladies for about an hour. The auction was held yesterday and I'm happy to report that my quilt was sold for a bid of $600. All the money realized from this auction goes directly back to aid in the development of the Pioneer land at County Fair. Time to make a top for next year!
If you've been making a quilt for next winter it's almost mid July! May, June, and July we were piecing our blocks or top in sections. You may recall for my quilt I had 80 blocks to make, and in the photo above I have completed 67 and the remaining block pieces to make I are left in the cardboard box. Only 13 to go! Yes by this time this is a pretty simple process and I'm getting tired of it, but it's almost over. So far there were maybe a half a dozen times that I didn't make my daily block and instead made two the following day. So I'm glad that I have kept on track. If you're making a quilt along with me I hope you are progressing as you planned. In August we will be making even more progress toward next winter's quilt.
It's important now to decide if you're going to take your quilt to be machine quilted by another person. If so it's time to call them and get on their schedule. Our top should be completed by October 1st so you can use that date as the time you wish to take your quilt to the quilter. The end is in sight, don't ya think?
I've been cleaning up the guestroom after holiday company and while making the beds this morning I paid a little more attention to this quilt. I made it probably around the year 2000 or so. Would this be considered a modern quilt, as in the modern quilt movement we are experiencing today? I have solid colors in large sections. It is a strong graphic design. I remember I made this quilt because I saw something similar for sale in a catalog and I liked it a lot and thought why couldn't I do that? So I did. I remember piecing it in sections and quilting it in sections. The whole quilt was put together after all the sections were quilted. As you can see the quilting lines were simply pairs of straight lines close together. Hmmm, maybe this does fit the current definition of a modern quilt. No matter, just something to think about.