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    Mug rugs in january ok, dottie?
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    OK I have been AWOL but it wasn't all my fault....it seems like the internet service providers in Chile put the whole country on thei idea of a 'power save' option over Xmas....ie 3 days before the holidays until the new year the connection is iffy and time out is a staple of the day. Weird too as normal working people all only get one day off- the 25th and they are are madly running around shopping b4 that so it is not like the connections are overloaded.........

    But I have been a busy girl. Sorry that there is no good place for photos here. Sunshine in the one window only and no larger place to display. But you get the idea.

    First is a gift wall hanging for a friend who is a sound engineer on my husband's recordings. So digital waves were the order of the day. The white ribbons floating though the background were actually a staff of music fabric and I was delighted at how it turned out. Photo 2 is the back. The puffiness smooths out when the two flat wooden slats go into the corner pieces for hanging.

    Photo 3 & 4 are front and back of smaller experiments from the big piece. I want the jagged lines to remind me of the path of a neuron firing. It is destined for the Alzheimer's quilt project for auction.

    Now onto the New Year and the Jan Theme..............
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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm View Post
    Suzy: How about our Jan topic? Need the distraction!
    Don't we all?! ))

    It's a little early and I am still doing a bit of thinking...but you can make three rice filled hacky sacks and teach yourself to juggle.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T16_BVIFFPQ

    Gave this to some friends here and it was cheap gift and both kids and adults loved it. (I decided I needed to do something off the wall this holiday so I am doing it too. It is quite fun and doesn't require running or jogging but is great for my eye-hand coordination.

    I will split you the difference and think hard and post on the 28th?

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    suzie-- i really like the energy in both pieces! the quilting on the back of the alzheimer's piece is very effective, have you considered new beginnings as a theme for january?
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    Well how many got new machines, toys and goodies under the tree? I got all mine last September when we came back to the USA for a few weeks so I have been playing and exploring since then. How about you guys? I am eager to hear about what things that are the new must haves, techniques and books. And just too keep you busy and occupied I am going to post the next challenge a bit early. Posting below............
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    January Art Challenge Theme

    A New Beginning

    We had some good ideas out there for this month including ‘long winter’s nap’ which is quite fun. Altho I am in the middle of 100 degree temps down here in South America I was tempted by a ‘long summer siesta’ for us far away southerners—and yes, I take many of them! with a winter’s nap for you northerners May very well use that for later in the year if you don’t mind……….

    But right about now we are all thinking about starting a new year here in the western world. (Not so much in Asia where they nominate another day to begin the new year

    I’ll bet you are at least mentally making that list of things to attempt to accomplish in the next twelve months.
    It is such a nice round time frame to get things done within.

    But when you are thinking of ‘new’, ‘New Year’ and ‘fresh start’ how could you demonstrate that idea in fabric? With something from the past? Or an idea the future? (I’d like clean water, enough food and great educations for us all for instance)

    Or perhaps scraps of wedding dress and baby clothes that made the future that you lived and add fresh scraps to represent of hope for a future growing old?

    So how would you like to show you hopes for a fresh year and new start?

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

    Suzie

    As usual if you are involved in, or come up with, your own project we are happy to see it and offer advice on the forum.

    Also please share your experiments, technical failures and successes so we all don’t have to reinvent the wheel. And we love your photos!
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    Great idea! My daughter has moved home & has decided she/we are not eating carbs. So maybe, a chicken, a cow, and a fish surrounded by vegetables? Will give this some thought!

    Re mug rugs, yes I am on a quest to collect 600 for the children in Conn. I know they are overwhelmed with toys, etc. If the acting principal says no thank you, they can go to Ronald MacD0onald House. I know they like to have things they can give away to siblings. Happy New Year!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm View Post
    Great idea! My daughter has moved home

    Re mug rugs, yes I am on a quest to collect 600 for the children in Conn.
    A daughter moved home?! Excellent. Ours did that for several years and brought a nice new SIL to go with. We all had a great comfortable time living together and still miss having them around. I bet you will enjoy it all....it's more precious time with people you love.
    Love your new start idea as well. It will hang in the kitchen as an eternal reminder I imagine?

    Love the mug rugs idea and know you will make that goal and more. You are so thoughtful.

    I am seriously toying with the idea of starting and curating a traveling show to highlight the plight of abandoned young children of drug addicts down here. There are some small government support grants for them to have a roof over their heads and almost nothing else (Like heat in the winter! And I am not kidding.) I am hoping I can get the US embassy to help sponsor a part and get some big banks etc, to have the exhibit in their facilities. People to make the quilts and donate them for sale is the plan. We will see. My Spanish is still terrible but I have a new friend who's Spanish is great and so it might be do-able.

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    OK last call on your projects-------anyone got photos of goodies completed? Techniques tried? Please post soon so we can all enjoy.

    Otherwise enjoy getting started on your "New Beginnings"
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    My Christmas Photo

    Home in NYC and awake at the same time- a Christmas miracle!!
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    I will be starting off on a new foot this year because I had to move my studio home from the back of my LQS. The LQS closed it's doors on December 21st. I had used excess space at the store for the past three years for my studio. I have spent the last month rearranging everything in my apartment so the stuff from the studio would fit in. Now lets just hope that I can find things as I need to to make my quilts. A new adventure for the new year. jb

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie1 View Post
    I will be starting off on a new foot this year because I had to move my studio home from the back of my LQS. jb
    I imagine that was a sad time for you all. Losing a great resource is usually a trauma of sorts for me. OTOH it's sometimes good to be forced to start fresh and do new unanticipated things. Hope that is the case for you. We will enjoy your work here that's for sure.
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    Hope everyone is excited about starting the new year freshly.

    A NEW Beginning is this month's theme and I am looking forward to the theme challenges. Who out there has some new ideas they are trying out for their next piece?

    I know I am toying with several and by the end of the week there will probably be a few new ideas on the list as well. Ahh, the idea of fresh projects is so alluring.
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    New Year, New Diet

    We make green juice now, every morning. Too bad I don't have a goat for the leftovers. Hmmm...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm View Post
    We make green juice now, every morning. Too bad I don't have a goat for the leftovers. Hmmm...
    That would be a big change for our house altho we are closing in on a diet that is very non meat based.
    Since we are in summer raspberries,blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, bananas,guavas, peaches and nectarines, avocados and tomatoes are almost our entire diet. Yum! But of course that is because they are growing in either our yard or our neighbors'. Love that goat idea.......goat cheese..yum..

    Can't wait to see your next art piece on this idea of yours
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    Holidays are settled out now. What are you all starting project-wise? There are so many new ideas to experiment with this year. What are your 'New Beginnings'? A New subject? New technique you've been a little scared to try?

    Put that new resolution into a quilt with some fresh art techniques too...................

    My recently hatched plan is taking an old pattern I like and adding some oddball visual elements to totally change it.
    To wit-- this very,very,very easy 'puzzle pattern' which I made up a few years ago for a neighbor. Someone will I ask I know so......I only work with measurements for this pattern. (If you look at the photo you can see it is merely 7 rectangles made into a square that don't even need any accuracy. The trick is merely in where you place the different colored rectangle 'puzzle bits'. You can draw one up yourself for the sized scraps you have lying around)
    Anyway, I think it needs some more interesting spaces put into the puzzle itself and a piece or two off to the side waiting to be placed.
    OTOH this Q won't be going on the wall. The original plan was to do a wall art piece but we just heard yesterday about a young friend whose house just burnt to the ground a few days ago. He is a musician and everything, including his instrument which is way to make a living, was in the house his already poor family rented. Here most people don't have contents insurance as it is way to costly. So I can help him piece his life back together a tiny bit but want to play with these new ideas for this pattern at the same time. So that is my goal for the month.

    Now what about you guys over there???? What are you up to this new year?
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    i am still playing catch-up. i do see an end to the tunnel. my dear son has visited from london and is currently in nyc with friends. he flies out tomorrow and says he will be gone a year. makes me very sad, but he is old enough to decide these things for himself. i do miss him, and the others, now that they are all far away. so it is another new beginning with an empty nest. you'd think i'd have this down pat. as for the tunnel, there are still afew time sensitive projects i need to do. i am determined to get some fabric dyed. i'm taking a craftsy class on resist printing and it has re-kindled my desire to get some made. i have a huge investment in the tools and have done only one small piece. time to kick into gear!!
    i must say i like the creations you two are showing. i am interested in doing a puzzle quilt, as i am so many other designs. it would be great for an autism fund raiser. and, dotty, daniel may have missed the boat with your lovely lily! such nice looking kids!
    off to the dr's. have had 3 migraines in the last 2 weeks, and that's enough of that! hopefully there's a magic cure/preventative out there, short of removing my head, which i have considered! but then, what would i do with all my earrings?? ciao !
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    Thinking Outside of the Box

    Here is a new idea with improved technique. I took a class at my LQS and appreciate the instructor's tips on using fusibles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm View Post
    Here is a new idea with improved technique. I took a class at my LQS and appreciate the instructor's tips on using fusibles.
    'Loverley'! Any quick outstanding bits we need to know about fusing? Did you leave this one raw edged or do some finishing?
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    Nancia your catching up isn't contributing to the migraines I hope. BTW I used to have those terribly and when I hit menopause they went away. So there were several good aspects to that time frame.

    It sounds like you are in a fabric creation time warp. My back patio and the summer temps are also beckoning me in that direction. Well. actually any excuse to get my hands all blue and green will do my husband thinks..
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    Dotty, that quilt is awesome, hthe jow yoyr glowers broke out of their boxes,

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    i agree with lynnie, those flowers look great and bountiful!
    i wish i had lost many things with menopause, suzie, but it turned out only my patience was missing. seriously, it went on for 10 yrs or so, and i feel safe in saying i am through it now. my sister had not even a day of symptoms.
    the migraines may partially be from stress, but my dr broke into great gales of laughter when he asked me when i got them,and i said when i'm shopping. he figures we could make millions if we could sell that to husbands to ' give' to their wives. but he thinks it's the lights in the mall. i think there may be scents also, but 2 have happened in macy's. i went to jcp on tuesday and then to get my mani-pedi done and no migraine. so... what does it prove? i knew it! i'm allergic to macy's!! lol
    dotty--what tips did you get re the fusibles?
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    New Start

    I have decided what I am going to do for my new start for the new place in the new year. I am going to start dyeing some of my fabric again. Since I can't remember what I used before and the techniques have changed since I have done any dyeing, I am taking a Quilt University class on dyeing fabric and design with hand dyed fabric. It starts the 18th of January. I am excited to get going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    so... what does it prove? i knew it! i'm allergic to macy's!! lol
    Bodies are funny things aren't they? I keep trying to convince myself that my traumas are all helping me to make better art quilts..bg
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    Julie--Good for you! Can't wait to see what all goodies you come up with. What delightful fun fabric creation can be!
    Now that I have even more excuse to do so here in Chile I have given myself a cart blanche to 'do what needs doing' in terms of creating AND using fabric. I'll be curious to know if your course uses some basic readily available items in oddball ways or mostly the newer 'add water to a bought dye' and do things to the fabric simultaneously(Besides tie dyeing). I'm limited down here to what I can get in grocery,hardware and student chemical packages.
    I'd also like to know how you used up all your earlier fabric dyeing experiments? lol Like any of us ever do. I am still finding pieces I bought ,dyed,rusted,bleached and otherwise mangled from 20 years ago. But now due to lack of other goodies they are really getting used up so that's great actually.
    Putting together any creative goodies b4 class starts? I have a little auction item for the local organization that is like 'Save the Children' that needs completing but then the bigger projects and their deadlines call too.........
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    Working w fusibles... my instructor's example was stitched free motion with a running stitch. I made a wreath from leftover roses to practice on. I tried several machine stitches and decided on a narrow zigzag in varied color thread. The stitching is slow & tedious. I wish I had a clear pressure foot.
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