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    OK, so I am a little late but here is my September challenge with a little bit of gold. I couldn't show it until the winners of the October Mini Quilt Contest was announced because I knew I was going to enter my first ever 'contest'. [Not expecting to win, mind you, but just for fun!] I first made one for my Mom with just a few pumpkins in it and decided to add more for the one that is hanging in my living room. It is my original design.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    OK, so I am a little late but here is my September challenge with a little bit of gold..
    Gorgeous work. A few of those 'realistic' pumpkins took some bleach? I think they are great and your machine quilting in gold and lovely flat even border put many of my hurried projects to shame.......
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    Hi Suzie, the white pumpkins are the back of the quilt. I loved the way it turned out. If I had used the tan thread in the bobbin instead of the green, the stems on the back would have been more muted. Thank you for your compliment on my border. This is the first time I have cut my border fabric 2" instead of 2.5" and glue basted it all the way. THAT will be my new tried and true way to do it. Elmer's washable school glue works so well.

    Linda

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    So, has the theme been listed? Did I miss it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by suziehammond View Post
    November AND December Art Quilt Challenge

    Life is a bit strange for many people this season.... the holidays race towards us and storms and upheavals of varying sorts are creating more demands on some of our members us than usual. If you are anything like me one of my greatest sanity savers is to create something. So here we have November and I am going to throw in December as well so that you can all get into your planning and creating at a breakneck but artistic pace.
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    November Challenge
    We have all had points in our lives when something happened and we were much the worse off because of it......but then...you looked around and took advantage of opportunities presented and a bad situation resolved into an unexpected but much better life than you anticipated. How wonderful!

    Opps! Unplanned pregnancy? But got to raise a fantastic child. Flooded house? Better house & life in new community. Major illness? Leads to a new satisfying career...etc.

    Can you portray one of these occurrences from your life in a fabric art piece?



    December Challenge
    If you are like most of us you've got the Xmas projects planned. But how about using some of your old tried out techniques in a new way to make your gifts more 'arty'? Just a little more thought on a project might take it to a new level, sometimes without any extra work. I know...you'll be tempted to maybe go a bit crazy and for a few projects that is OK, so enjoy! But for most goodies you might find that just a few arty 'upgrades' on what you have planned are really satisfying. (Take photos for us)

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    I look forward to seeing the projects populate the board here. We all need inspiration as we get busy so I hope you take a few minutes to share, motivate and expand opportunities for us all.

    Holiday hugs to all!
    Here it is Judy!

    Linda

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    Hi Suzie. With all due respect, you have picked out two great challenges but my mind always goes blank.. I just might have to do my own thing here. But, time will tell. I will wait to see if something pops into my mind.

    Linda

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    Thank you. I must have missed that! It's good to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    Hi Suzie. With all due respect, you have picked out two great challenges but my mind always goes blank.. I just might have to do my own thing here. But, time will tell. I will wait to see if something pops into my mind.
    Your own thing is perfectly divine. Challenge criteria should hopefully be helpful...but sometimes my mind just runs in another direction entirely from the 'suggestion' of a challenge. And I do some very good work that way.

    With luck a challenge can spur you to think in a new direction about an area you wouldn't approach with the idea of a quilt. I almost never get an instant idea on a challenge. For me it always has to be turned over while I stand in line at the grocery store or under the shower. Now that I think of it I realize that the banishing of 'what I need to do next' in real life is a big component for me. My escapism at work.

    All art quilt projects are happily gobbled up by all of us I think. They are so interesting in so many ways. I know I will be looking forward to whatever creation has popped into your mind and been executed.
    Suzie
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    My brain was tossing these topics around when Sandy struck. My daughter has urged me to use my quilting skills to help those who have lost everything. So, I will probably skip this challenge for a while. Our QB friend Krystyna has lost her home & sewing business in Long Beach (NY). I would like to collect quilts for K. to deliver to her traumatized
    neighbors. If you have a quilt you can part with, please consider sending it to comfort someone else. My family in NYC is safe in NYC, with inconvenience but shelter. PM me if you want to help. Thanks, Dotty
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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm View Post
    I will probably skip this challenge for a while. I would like to collect quilts for K. to deliver to her traumatized neighbors. PM me if you want to help. Thanks, Dotty
    That sounds like a great plan to me. I would love to be 'quiltily helpful' from South America but postage would kill the good they would do. We have hallmarked some funds to send up instead. Your project of wrapping up Sandy victims in quilts is such a great thing to do. Keep us posted.
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    I just got to thinking about all the things most quilters do these days and helping others out with our favorite fabric obsession is often in evidence isn't it?

    After making umpteen gifts, organizing drives and distributions to the homeless, to orphanages and to victims of the huge Chilean earthquake I understand that need to give and help where you know there is a need. I encourage you all to do as much as you are happy doing. Go for it!

    But if your are like many of us there will be one small corner or yourself crying out for something else. For me that is relieved and satisfied by my having some kind of art project kicking around in my mind or on the wall. So don't neglect that part of you. Turning over ideas and doing an occasional small art project doesn't take away from your other focus. It will possibly help you to stay motivated and moving on other long projects that don't satisfy the artistic need directly. (Not to mention which that you might arrange to sell or auction off the art piece to bring in some $$ for your favorite cause.)

    So keep your objectives in mind and after you have spent massive time on your major focus area spend a little in the 'art' corner of your brain and see if it doesn't actually help you get everything done in record time and satisfaction.

    Regards to All
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    I just stumbled across this challenge site. Is it still going on? How do you access it on purpose, if it is still ongoing that is? I would very much like to take part.

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    Making charity quilts has prompted me to take a second look at UFOs. All those experimental blocks make great pot holders for homeowners who lost all.
    Dotty in NYC

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    Quote Originally Posted by runswithscissors View Post
    I just stumbled across this challenge site. Is it still going on? How do you access it on purpose, if it is still ongoing that is? I would very much like to take part.
    Welcome! We'd love to have you join our intrepid little band of seekers and creators.

    The challenges are ongoing monthly and we are accessed through the board at;
    QuiltingBoard Challenges & Contests

    The November and December challenges are posted back on page 48 of this thread.

    I post a new challenge to work through around the first of the month and then we share our ideas, discoveries and completions throughout the month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm View Post
    Making charity quilts has prompted me to take a second look at UFOs. All those experimental blocks make great pot holders for homeowners who lost all.
    They will be treasured and you will get to finish up some goodies. Do take photos and share with us, please.
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    Adding some 'grateful', a la the November challenge and 'artistic', a la December challenge to your projects? Those table runners for Thanksgiving and those Xmas gifts can all incorporate the challenge topics...............

    I was tossing around the idea of a holiday table runner recently and realized that with all the traumas and set backs of losing everything the last few years we have managed to turn life back into that bowl of cherries--although they are not the perfect gorgeous fruit of b4. Instead it is cherry jam now with us scaling down, doing with less, etc. So a Thanksgiving wall/table runner with summery jam jars for us. (It is spring/summer here in South America now. A lot of expats come over for a big get together with 25-30 friends in a potluck with the new work hanging on the patio)

    What are you guys up to?
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    Love the jam jars!! How did you end up in Chile? If you would not mind sharing?
    Just got a fabulous idea for the Nov challenge. Delivered 8 baby quilts for shelter with Far Rockaway that go straight to the children who have so little. Have 3 beautiful quilts for Krystyna and her neighbors new homes. Lotsa tops need quilting. But a little "me" time too.
    Dotty in NYC

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm View Post
    Love the jam jars!! How did you end up in Chile? If you would not mind sharing?
    Just got a fabulous idea for the Nov challenge. Delivered 8 baby quilts for shelter with Far Rockaway that go straight to the children who have so little. Have 3 beautiful quilts for Krystyna and her neighbors new homes. Lotsa tops need quilting. But a little "me" time too.
    I knew once you got going on your project some lives would definitely be changed for the better! It is so good for those little kids to get new 'blankies' made with love, and I bet you enjoyed cleaning out some UFOs Wish I could offer to throw them on the LA and give you some quilting help...................

    Us and Chile? Well, there we were with a series of choices. Carl is 66 and could work forever so we could just afford life in Calif. (Private health insurance and property taxes alone meant $3000mo and that was before we ate or put gas in the car, or paid the light bill.) So it was time for a new adventure. We always wanted to be in a position to use our skills to give away our talents to project we loved. When we rented out our house and came to SA we could give scholarships to the music/art students who could not otherwise afford to stay in school. They have huge followings for classical and jazz music here which are Carl's specialties so he could put together groups and get them places to play for $$ but not need to worry about paying ourselves.

    We chose Chile because it is indistinguishable from the 'first world'. Fantastic freeways, shopping malls, etc. Our doctors have trained all over the world including the US. There is a strong and growing middle class with a longer history of a working democracy than most of Europe and the US. (Except for a US engineered coup that lasted 16 years in the 80's and the change back was accomplished without major uprising) It is one of the only countries on the planet that has NO DEBT. They run a surplus. What's not to love?

    So we came here and I wrote the book that's shown in my signature plus I have a blog about our adventures;
    http://www.goodwriter.info/Blog/index.html

    But then the property manager didn't pay our house insurance and our house burned down. SO no house, no income, lost fabric stash,lost rulers, books, early quilts. All my hubby's early music compositions that hadn't been digitized....everything gone but the piano and long arm which had already been shipped here.

    We sued of course but he wasn't worth a third what we had in it all. It is the one business in all of regulated Calif that does not require it's owner to carry 'errors and omissions' insurance. (Don't I wish we had known that!) So here in our 60's we got to start over this year. I can so empathize with those who have lost everything.

    Last year and again this year though I have a project to donate quilts to the kids at a local orphanage. This little facility runs on a shoestring and these kids all have drug addicted parents who are in jail or have abandoned them and there is no other family to take them. That giving feeds my desire to help and the kids are such darlings. At the moment I use polyester batting and the choice of cotton & cotton/poly is limited as when you are working class you want clothes that drip dry.

    Quilting is not well known here yet. It is more for the leisured monied class. There is a quilt store in the seriously expensive end of town where cottons run $45 yard and with our new reality I certainly don't shop there but have offered to give classes and also do some LAing. When we met the Q shop owner had just been ordering her own machine to put in the shop so I won't do a lot of that except for my own projects I think.

    So now you have our history on that one... I keep enticing people down here to visit because we do love it here. (Driest desert in the world with the Nazca lines, huge telescopes to get night tours containing the clearest, highest skies in the world, redwood forests down south where the trees are only slightly smaller than those in Calif, burbling volcanos, the absolutely vertical Andes) Once our hapless friends and relatives are hooked as tourists then I can then beg them to put some new quilt fabrics in their suitcases for the trip down and so far, altho not a great solution, it has been workable. This situation also makes me try new techniques with new materials. And I have really started exploring fabric painting, bleaching and it's vegetable dyeing,etc. Necessity is a good spur. And also this forum and my SAQA buddies is great for ideas and inspiration.

    Hope you are not too sorry you asked about Chile! LOL

    Keep working on those give aways--how about some photos? And I can't wait to see your November idea.
    Suzie
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    That's a fascinating story. Thanks for sharing!
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    So, here is my November piece, almost done. It's about my great surprise, our bonus baby. Now 24, beautiful (see her with the ponytail), many talents, puzzled about the next step. I used a coloring page jigsaw puzzle for templates.
    top & bottom edges are raw.
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    Theme for December: Molly's Christmas. Have to give Big Sister equal time.
    l time!~a
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    Dotty--love that puzzle motif. You are a productive lady. What a totally fun idea that puzzle raw edge is and I plan on stealing it and using it mercilessly......

    We had an 'oops baby' and I know some of the feelings that accompany that situation. Sounds like you, similarly to us, have a wonderful outcome from your surprise. Life offers such interesting twists............

    Can't wait to see that sister idea.
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    First two babies came after loss and with much effort. Lily was such a gift. I was thrilled. DH now XDH, no so.
    They are now 35, 34, & 24, and still baby her! Started Molly's Christmas tree last night. Adapting a log cabin tree.
    My Bee had a lovely dinner party , but... this quilt was in my brain and I could not wait to get going!
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    Dotty-like your November piece....

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    Spent most of 2 days on new piece. Ripped apart 10 3" blocks. I guess that is why this is a challenge!!
    Dotty in NYC

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