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    march---hmmmm... so the march hare was a crazy, breeding fool?! and of course, he was hopeful he would find a crazy, breeding hare-ess. love puns! but i doubt he managed straight lines. my yard suggests, however, that the rabbits arrive in hordes. my cat is 20 this year. i suspect any rabbit hunting he'll do will be for the newly born, as he is slower. he doesn't appear rickety yet and that spurs the hope i've calculated his age incorrectly and i will be blessed with the gift of more years in his love. we had a 21 year old cat who spent his final year in a suite of rooms accessed only by people and a younger simon. the dogs were barred as they were too rambunctious and ate inappropriate things. one day when i went up to visit mel i noticed an extra tidbit next to mel's food dish. simon had brought him half a rabbit as a special treat. those who don't know cats might scoff at the concept of their humanity and compassion, but many a chilly night i would find the 2 sharing warmth and companionship, when simon for sure could have been sleeping with much warmer people. but he stayed with his brother and friend. after mel's passing, simon took a stronger interest in being my cat as opposed to being the family cat. he still checked upstairs to be sure all was well but there were no more bowls of food, or litter boxes. i loved that simon took care of his brother in his cat way. i was the new receiver of caught prey and delicacies. there haven't been many this past year and that, too, tells me simon is winding down. his best cat friend, toby, passed last week. so this spring i'm having a little trouble dealing with the new as i am somewhat preoccupied with the old. thank goodness i still see myself as 23, even if i've had to draw the image on the bathroom mirrors. it is indelibly in my mind.
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    Maybe I am already working on the March challenge. The moving forward part is that I have become very interested in modern quilting, improv quilting, original quilts. The photo is my first attempt at improv quilting. I think solids are usually used, but I have very few solids and almost none in my scraps, so I am making do. I think these are about as crazy and I can come up with, at least for now.
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    Dotty, yes, the embellisher is a felting machine. I bought a Baby Lock Embellisher about 6 years ago and have never utilized it way I should have, so I am challenging myself to make something every month with it. I am making a very contemporary cuff bracelet for one of my girls right now. I like the Victorian look to the first one.

    Judy, (Goldendog) what a wonderful opportunity. I hope you have lots to share with us in the months to come. Polly

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    I love this. I do this alot as I have such a large stash AND lots of scraps left over and cant throw anything away. I am doing a scrappy pineapple with 1 in. strips now . It is awesome if I do say so myself. Dont know how to post a pic but will get help with it. lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pollyjvan9 View Post
    Maybe I am already working on the March challenge.
    Looks great to me girl! You are marching forward! And crazy is good... I rarely use many solids and think what you have going is awesome. Matter of fact you could throw a little border between those blocks and do a 'cut and insert' of some more oddball fabrics for more crazy--can't wait to see what decisions you make.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by jolo View Post
    \ I do this alot as I have such a large stash AND lots of scraps left over and cant throw anything away.
    Boy do I know about THAT situation! You should see when we move house. I merrily stuff scraps and strips twixt the spice bottles, between the plates, in the glasses, in all the pots and pans,and i delicately carpet all the tops of every box where there is a half an inch of space with more leftovers........I never go anywhere without my stash and the leftover scraps. There will be some great arty insanity created out of your leftovers Jolo and I am looking forward to seeing some of them including that pineapple!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    his best cat friend, toby, passed last week. so this spring i'm having a little trouble dealing with the new as i am somewhat preoccupied with the old. thank goodness i still see myself as 23, even if i've had to draw the image on the bathroom mirrors. it is indelibly in my mind.
    Nancia--Here is a big virtual hug! And a scratch under the chin for your elderly companion.....

    I sense a pile of lovely memories here and hope some turn into some great art works.
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    I've added an album under my name-things I;ve dyed and most of them are shibori dyed.

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    March Art Quilt

    It's always great to spot the first crocus. The newscasters were talking about this on tv tonight and several watchers sent in photos. So, when the lingering snows make us crazy, a pop of spring brings us hope. Spring is just around the corner.
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    Dotty, what a great idea
    nancia, i just loved your story. Only us true kitty lovers understand.
    Im getting over pnemonia, and my 2 1/2 yo russian blue zoey has been my constant companion. Even though ive had 10 operations since i got her, shed come and visit. This time, she never left my side. Yrs ago, as out maine coone was dying, our lab would bring her mouthfuls of food. Amazing how they take care of each other.

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    Beautiful crocus Dotty. Did you paint those on your pillow?

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    I was going to applique the crocus, but found a great print. Right now they are on w fusible. I will add some fraycheck or glue. My tendonitis is limiting my sewing. This piece is on my front door.
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    March hare?

    One more. Kaffe the Bunny!!
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    Dotty, hes soooo cute.is he your easter decoration?
    love those kf prints.
    Where is everyone elses??? I come to see the creativity
    All the time. Please show me more of everyone elses ideas.

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    i am marching toward completion of my swap obligations and the ability to plan time for my own work. i'm hoping before april opens it's eyes i will be doing some created and creative work. somewhere i have a portrait of simon. he has a classic profile and will hold a position long enough for me to get the 'bones' on the paper and from that it's just refining. tigeer is feeling the resurgence of energy and spring. he has teased the dogs into chasing him and playing. our laundry hamper which is collapsible and partially opaque was lying on the bedroom floor when it started to twitch and bounce. both dogs were intrigued and definitely interested. they are normally sedentary old ladies but i guess they felt the excitement tiger was generating. next i knew a red and black streak zoomed out of my room, around the family room and back through my door. sudden stop action. they all adjusted their fur nonchalantly, and to make it clear it was all good fun, kitten kissed tiger on the nose. then it was naptime as they piled on the bed.that much exertion calls for a not-quite-spring nap! i'm not sure if i have said so on this thread, but my neighbor is sharing her crocuses with me this year and the miniature narcisses are showing yellow on their buds. the lily of the valley has foliage up as do the hyacinths and tulips and the full size jonquils and daffodils. don't know if it will be a full show for easter since it's so early this year, but they are trying!!
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    Wow! Where has this month gone so far??!! I have several projects on the drawing board and fabrics need choosing today for another oddball hair brained idea that is coming to the fore. Hopefully in a few days I will have a new one up.

    Now what are the rest of you up to? This thread is only really useful if you get in here and try something.

    For me the trick is to discipline myself to just try a variety of small arty projects rather than winding up my energy to do my usual grandiose, complex, time consuming 'major masterpieces'. The 'masterpieces' all take great time and thought and often in the end never get done! Getting something small (18" or less for me) on the design wall that is just one or two new techniques or thought expressions seems hard for me to do. And yet productivity and facility when I get to the big projects is so much better if I have 'practiced' with a variety of smaller 'don't have to be perfect' pieces. Ahh! the things I have to keep relearning!

    Anyway, let's see some more work on here!
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    I havent had time to be creative this time. I did finish a small pineapple throw. I had so many small 1 inch strips I had to use some of them. My camera batteries are dead. !!!! Will try to post it later. I love the bunny and the the KF fabric.
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    Here's my March challenge. I've had it in my brain for a long time. Not finished yet, but I'm excited about the quilting. I'll add more quilting to the "red" area, thread lace trees (they're pinned in place but I think it needs more) and Tyvek rocks. The white stuff around the trees is watersoluble stableizer that's not been removed yet. Name:  FB with trees.jpg
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    right now i have nothing but admiration ! is the vertical red going to be part of your binding or is it a partial border? i'd like to suggest doing your binding to match the colors, ie light green binding on light green top and bottom. then match the side binding to the side fabric. it takes a little planning but it really looks cool!
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    The verticle red is the back folded to the front so I wouldn't catch it on the back while quilting. Thanks for the suggestions re binding. I like your ideas.

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    if you wouldn't mind, i would like to see the back at some point. i really like what i can see of the fabric and would like to see more. thanks!
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    Beautiful and inspiring. I see that the modern art quilt often has innovative machine quilting. This is not something I can do well, so I really enjoy seeing it used in the design.
    Dotty in NYC

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    Quote Originally Posted by petthefabric View Post
    Here's my March challenge. I've had it in my brain for a long time. Not finished yet, but I'm excited about the quilting.
    I adore This!!!! It is great! I would just have to add more to the trees too. And in my case I would be fooling around with some colored metallics as well as some of those shinier embroidery threads.

    Can't wait to see how you finish it up.
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    i am doing one more swap and i thought i would share the info in case anyone here would like to come play! it's a pincushion/ needle case swap. you can choose to do one or both, and you can have up to 4 secret swap partners. doesn't that sound like fun!? i'm doing one of each and that's all, because i'm taking time to do the stuff that's been sitting around and waiting for me to come back and finish. AND, olivia will be 2 in august (3rd) and i need to make her 2 yr old quilt and birthday dress. lots to do and instead i'm here on board yakking and reading with my friends.lol (but true)
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    Quote Originally Posted by suziehammond View Post
    I adore This!!!! It is great! I would just have to add more to the trees too. And in my case I would be fooling around with some colored metallics as well as some of those shinier embroidery threads.

    Can't wait to see how you finish it up.
    Thanks for the input. I'd not even thought of colored metallics. That's 2 votes for more trees + mine-more trees it is.

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